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To: american colleen
I thought abortion isn't even permissible under those circumstances (the life of the mother)?

I'm pretty sure that the principle of double-effect applies, where a single action results in two effects. If the secondary effect is "less evil" than the primary effect, then the action is permissible.

So in an ectopic pregnancy, for example, the primary action of removing the baby saves the mother's life but also results in the secondary effect of killng the baby. In this case the secondary effect is "the same or less evil" than the primary action.

The mother may choose to give her life for her child in some cases (as when a mother has uterine cancer, for example). But I don't think this is necessary. It would certainly be an example of heroic virtue.

42 posted on 01/09/2004 8:35:33 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Aquinasfan
The mother may choose to give her life for her child in some cases (as when a mother has uterine cancer, for example). But I don't think this is necessary.

And some brain tumors. I knew a woman who did this. Her baby died, too. It was unbelievably sad. She knew the risks long before she got pregnant, too.
46 posted on 01/09/2004 8:51:53 AM PST by Desdemona (Kempis' Imitation of Christ online! http://www.leaderu.com/cyber/books/imitation/imitation.html)
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