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February 23, 2010



My understanding is that in such hard cases Church doctrine does not allow privileging the life of the girl or woman over that of the fetus. Both of them have to take their chances and if the woman's health or life is at risk that's her problem. In practice this means that the life of the woman is a secondary consideration and she must carry out her function as a vessel for delivery and suffer and/or die if need be. There can be no exceptions for rape or incest and indeed if you accept that a woman exists to serve the gestating fetus, then there shouldn't be.

John Petty

I hold to the philosophy that you shouldn't let the rules keep you from doing the right thing.

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