If it were to prevent a woman from having an abortion, could you lie to her and tell her the abortion facility is closed? Or could you lie to workers in the facility to obtain information on them?
[quote=Catherine20]If it were to prevent a woman from having an abortion, could you lie to her and tell her the abortion facility is closed?
While it is possible to mentally reserve information on certain occasions with just cause proportionate to the reservation, flat-out lying cannot be condoned. If it were done because of external pressure (e.g., the attempt to defend others), culpability for lying may be diminished.
In this case, what possible good would it accomplish to tell a woman that the facility is closed? She can easily confirm for herself the truth of the matter and then any presentation you made to her to plead for her child’s life would be suspect because of the unnecessary lie. Indeed your lie could end up tempting her to conclude that the pro-life position is itself not credible and influencing her to listen to those who encourage her to abort.
[quote=Catherine20]Or could you lie to workers in the facility to obtain information on them?
What exactly are you thinking of? Do you mean a journalist who is posing as a pregnant woman in order to gain information about the facility for an expose? “Undercover work,” so to speak, can be morally permissible in certain circumstances. But an individual trying to gain personal information on someone else has to have just cause and the personal authority (e.g., law enforcement) to do so and should refrain from lying, if at all possible.