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abortion OK if mother's life is at stake?

Discussion in 'Debates on Abortion' started by shakewell, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. shakewell

    shakewell Member

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    I am against legalized abortion in the U.S., but I have a question:
    If abortion is banned except in the case of the mother's life being at stake, what's to stop women who want an abortion for convenience to falsely claim their life is at stake? How can a claim of the 'mother's life being at stake' ever be disproved?
     
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    You could necessitate one or more physician(s) have to verify that the mother's life is actually at stake before allowing it to happen.
     
  3. Radrook

    Radrook Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Why do you assume that the claim is almost impossible to prove false?
     
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    jimmyjimmy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm sure that it would happen, and some doctors would be happy to falsify records. All laws are broken, yet we sill have laws.
     
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    Don't c-sections solve most cases where a mothers life is at risk?
     
  6. shakewell

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    Well if your car acts up intermittently and every time you take it in to the mechanic it runs just fine, can the mechanic prove that it doesn't act up? It seems like any woman with an imagination could concoct a story: "when the baby kicks, I can't breathe and my heart stops beating". Of course the baby never "kicks" when she's in the doctor's office.
     
  7. JackRT

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    These very serious questions of person-hood arise only if we assume that the soul is infused at conception and that the brand new zygote is fully a person. Is there a more reasonable understanding? I believe there is. Personally I believe that the developing fetus becomes a person only when it is able to survive outside the womb. Sentience occurs at about the same point in the pregnancy very late in the second trimester. For this reason I am against abortion beyond the twentieth week except in very rare extreme circumstances.. Otherwise I believe that abortion should be legal, it should be safe, it should be available and it should be the woman’s informed choice but most important of all --- it should be rare. In conclusion, we should always keep in mind that there is no more powerful abortifacient in the world than poverty.
     
  8. Ave Maria

    Ave Maria Ave Maria Gratia Plena

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    Abortion is never okay, not even when the mother's life is in danger. One can never do evil to bring about good. However, one should know about the principle of double effect. You can learn about it here:

    Abortion and Double Effect | Catholic Answers
     
  9. JackRT

    JackRT I'm on the left.

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    There are situations in which the RCC permits abortions. In 1969 I took my wife to St Josephs Hospital in Hamilton Ontario. She was almost immediately diagnosed with an ectopic pregnant and was within minutes of death. They performed an immediate surgical removal of the embryo and one ovary. Better to save the mother than both die wouldn't you agree?