Dr. Jen Gunter has done it again. We get so caught up in the philosophical and ethical discussion of abortion (we’re guilty too), that sometimes it helps to remember that at the end of the day, this is a medical procedure and we need physicians with strong voices like Dr. Jen’s to break it down for us in terms of the real world implications of our philosophical musings.
The Irish Catholic Bishops have seen fit to clarify the church’s view on gynecology given Savita Halappanavar’s death from sepsis at 17 weeks in her pregnancy and the concern that evacuating her uterus was delayed because the fetus still had a heart beat. The full statement is here, but this is the excerpt I find most troubling:
– Whereas abortion is the direct and intentional destruction of an unborn baby and is gravely immoral in all circumstances, this is different from medical treatments which do not directly and intentionally seek to end the life of the unborn baby. Current law and medical guidelines in Ireland allow nurses and doctors in Irish hospitals to apply this vital distinction in practice while upholding the equal right to life of both a mother and her unborn baby.
I spent quite sometime trying to understand how one could possibly translate this statement into…
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