To: american colleen
Principle of Double Effect. Not carefully worded--it means that a doctor may act to save the life of the mother. If in so doing, the baby is lost, there is no sin.
HOWEVER, the action CANNOT be taken with the INTENTION of losing the baby--only to save the mother.
posted on 01/09/2004 6:59:48 AM PST
(So many cats, so few recipes)
Even our abortion law is justified by the pretense that it allows abortions for the mother's health, except that "health" is so broadly construed that there is no limit on the power of the physician. As a matter of fact almost all abortions fall under the category of discretionary surgery, like a nosejob.
posted on 01/10/2004 10:02:26 AM PST
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