A journal of academic theology

Gerard Magill

Threat of Imminent Death in Pregnancy: A Role for Double-Effect Reasoning

In the Phoenix case, pulmonary hypertension threatened the life of an eleven-week pregnant mother. Removal of the placenta as the organ threatening the mother’s life necessarily included extracting the amniotic membranes containing the fetus. The author proposes this argument: the principle of double effect clarifies that causing the death of the fetus (destined to die,

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