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Title: Abortion and the double effect principle
Authors: Micallef, P. J.
Keywords: Abortion -- Religious aspects
Abortion -- Law and legislation
Double effect (Ethics)
Abortion -- Moral and ethical aspects
Issue Date: 1973
Publisher: The Royal University Students' Theological Association
Citation: Micallef, P. J. (1973). Abortion and the double effect principle. Melita Theologica, 25(1-2), 68-77.
Abstract: Abortion may occur either spontaneously or deliberately. By definition, the former occurs accidentally.or pathologically - in either case, involuntarily, and as such poses no serious moral problems. The latter, also by definition, is voluntarily brought about and, since this induced type of abortion may further be direct or indirect, the moral implications and consequences are enormous. To some members of the medical and legal professions, among others, the distinction between direct and indirect abortion is not considered to be valid or of any real worth. To them such a distinction is a question of semantics, a distinction without a difference - possibly an all too easy assessment of moral acts exclusively by their effects or results. To the moral philosopher, however, these distinctions divide right down the line, first the involuntary (spontaneous) from the voluntary (induced); secondly, the indirectly voluntary (unintentional or voluntary in cause) from the directly voluntary (deliberate, intentional or voluntary in itself).
Appears in Collections:MT - Volume 25, Issue 1-2 - 1973
MT - Volume 25, Issue 1-2 - 1973

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