I know a protestant who constantly tries to engage me in the same argument. She claims that during labour/childbirth if there was a serious problem the Church insists that the life of the child be saved. She claims this is so the Church’s membership will grow. She seems immune to the logic that if the mother dies numbers remain the same.
I’m asking on here because I can’t find an answer in the Catechism. I believe the Church’s teaching would be that everything ought to be done to save the lives of both mother and child. But, what should be done if the only choice is one of them will die as a result of attempts to save the other?
I do hope you will answer my question rather than fudge it. Obviously, an attempt should be made to save both lives. There must be circumstances where the attempt to save either one would lead to the death of the other. What is the Church’s moral teaching in such circumstances? As I’ve been unable to find the answer I’d be grateful if you’d please cite any relevant Church document.