Please help me to answer a question for myself and someone else:
If a pregnancy is harmful to the mother, and she cannot carry to term without grave danger, delivery is often induced early. For example, there could be problems with blood pressure (pre-eclampsia) that will make going 40 weeks difficult. Obviously, the longer the baby stays in the womb, the better, so doctors try to wait as long as possible. I’m pretty sure that it’s absolutely alright to induce a few weeks early (35 weeks or so.)
But, at what point does this cross the line? I believe a rare couple of babies born at 21 weeks have survived, but they are in the extreme minority.
So, if the odds of the baby surviving are less than 10%, is it a sin to induce early delivery if it looks like waiting even one more week will likely kill the mother?
What if the baby is only 18 weeks along and there is no chance of survival? Is it a sin to induce delivery, or is this the same thing as an abortion, even though the intention is not to kill the baby, but to alleviate the mother’s life-threatening condition?
If this question has been asked and answered before, could you provide a link or anything that might back up your replies? Thank you!