Latest Threads
newest posts

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Ask an Apologist

Welcome to Catholic Answers Forums, the largest Catholic Community on the Web.

Here you can join over 400,000 members from around the world discussing all things Catholic. Membership is open to all, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who seek the Truth with Charity.

To gain full access, you must register for a FREE account. Registered members are able to:
  • Submit questions about the faith to experts from Catholic Answers
  • Participate in all forum discussions
  • Communicate privately with Catholics from around the world
  • Plus join a prayer group, read with the Book Club, and much more.
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. So join our community today!

Have a question about registration or your account log-in? Just contact our Support Hotline.

Thread Tools Search Thread Display
Old May 28, '10, 8:38 am
danfagan danfagan is offline
Observing Member
Join Date: May 28, 2010
Posts: 1
Religion: Catholic
Default Is abortion permissible to save the life of the mother?

Is abortion of an unborn baby permissible if the intent of the abortion (because the placenta had left the uterus and attached itself to the organs of the mother) was to kill the baby in an attempt to save the life of the mother? This is an actual issue. My niece has been told by a specialist that she will die if she takes her unborn child to term. She has been told that if she does nothing both she and the unborn child will very likely die. I'm not kidding. This is what she and her husband have been told by her physicians. What on earth can be said or done?

Last edited by Michelle Arnold; May 28, '10 at 1:48 pm.
Old May 28, '10, 1:54 pm
Michelle Arnold's Avatar
Michelle Arnold Michelle Arnold is offline
Catholic Answers Apologist
Join Date: May 3, 2004
Posts: 5,123
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Is abortion permissible to save the life of the mother?

A direct abortion, in which the intent is to kill the child either as an end or as a means to some other end, is never permissible for any reason whatsoever, even to save the life of the mother. It is perhaps possible that you have not understood the situation correctly or reported it accurately, so I urge your niece and her husband to contact the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) for help in assessing their case. We must pray that the NCBC can help your niece's doctors in finding a treatment that will seek to save both mother and child. But if, God forbid, that is not possible, we must both pray for a miracle (St. Gianna Beretta Molla would be a fine choice to petition for intercession) and for your niece to have the grace and strength to be willing to lay down her life for her child (John 15:13).

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Ask an Apologist


Thread Tools Search Thread
Search Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Prayer Intentions

Most Active Groups
6599CAF Prayer Warriors Support Group
Last by: tawny
6144Let's empty Purgatory
Last by: RJB
5165Petitions Before the Blessed Sacrament
Last by: grateful_child
4627Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother
Last by: neweggs
4289Poems and Reflections
Last by: PathWalker
4055OCD/Scrupulosity Group
Last by: Fischli
3290For seniors and shut- ins
Last by: GLam8833
3261Catholic Vegetarians & Vegans
Last by: Herculees
2823Let's Empty Purgatory 2
Last by: njlisa
Last by: beth40n2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:00 pm.

Home RSS Feeds - Home - Archive - Top

Copyright © 2004-2014, Catholic Answers.