So I’ve been browsing the forums for a little bit today, and I noticed something a little head-scratching…
I’ll start with the disclaimer that I’m definitely pro-life, so this is not meant to be an argument in favor of abortion.
My search started with a look into the ways of treating ectopic pregnancies - dangerous situations in which the fetus implants into something other than the uterus lining, most commonly the fallopian tubes. The Church’s position seems to be: you can’t just take out the child, because that would be direct killing, but taking out the tube with the child in it and allowing it to indirectly die would be the moral route to take. This comes off a bit like a technicality, but the argument seems legit. I’ll take it. ncbcenter.org/page.aspx?pid=940
However, I then came across this thread about parasitic twin situations:
Here, it seems the people on this forum agree that it’s perfectly fine to remove a parasitic twin from the sibling even though it will die as a result. I mean, a parasitic twin is an innocent human being as well, right? So shouldn’t it be given the same treatment as an unborn child? A quote from the thread reads:
Of course there is nothing wrong with seperating two humans when their lives are in danger so long as one does what they can to keep both alive. This has always been Catholic teaching.
So what’s the deal here? Why is removing a parasitic twin moral while removing the ectopic child is immoral? Both are situations where two human beings are at risk of death unless they’re separated from each other.