Catholic Medical Quarterly 69 (2):17-20 (2019)

Michal Pruski
University of Manchester
This paper looks at the Catholic justification of medical interventions in ectopic pregnancies. The paper first shows that the way how Double Effect Reasoning is often applied to ectopic pregnancies is not consistent with the way Aquinas introduces this mode of reasoning. The paper then shows certain problems in common defences of the use of salpingectomies. The paper then re-evaluates the medical interventions used in the management of ectopic pregnancies, with both a focus on the aim of the treatment and the timing of the treatment.
Keywords Aquinas  ectopic pregnancy  double effect  salpingectomy  self-defence
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