Two questions. I heard two different radio programs with Tim Staples about abortion and each confused me.
He mentioned something about a double effect principle, and associated with it he seemed to say that in some of the cases where the mother’s life is in danger abortion, or something similar, was permitted. Earlier he had said that the mother’s life was not a consideration. What’s going on and what is the double effect principle?
In another program he mentioned that we can’t abort babies when the mother’s life is in danger because we can’t kill someone else to save our own life. However isn’t it taught that we can use lethal force in self defense? (I know that Jummy Akin just confirmed this on his blog the other day.) Isn’t this a contradiction?