Abortion is 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 the act of terminating a pregnancy 𝙗𝙮 𝙙𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙡𝙮 𝙠𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙪𝙣𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙣 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙.
I was making 2 points:
1 Abortion is not morally permissible even here
2 A procedure done to save the life of the mother that results in the death of the child 𝙞𝙨.
The 2nd is a subclass of the 1st.
Hence “double effect."
In this case, it is allowed.
But it is not morally allowed.
We can, however, act to save the life of the mother in a way we know will result in the death of the child.
This will result in the death of the gestating fetus.
But it is 𝙣𝙤𝙩 an abortion.
I think here what is intended really is “the termination of the pregnancy.”
Abortion is a 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙨 to this end.
That would be evil, if I have to say it.
Although often they are hypocrites and have more selfish ends in mind.
Even though “terminating the pregnancy to save the life of the mother” passes 1, 2, and 4 of the PDE, it fails 3: it directly kills the child to save the mother.
In euthanasia, it is.
I believe it can be justified, but I certainly don’t have time to do it in Twitter thread.
I’ll refer you to David S. Oderberg’s Moral Theory for that.
If you have any questions, please do ask.