Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching

Book Resources: Chapter 3: What is The Moral Principle of Double Effect? (NCBC)

 

NCBC: What is The Moral Principle of Double Effect?

Film Focus Point: In this presentation, Dr. John M. Haas, PH.D., S.T.L., of The National Catholic Bioethics Center, explains and illustrates the principle of double effect using the example of a pregnant woman with uterine cancer.

Text Focus Point: Pages 86

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the four conditions one must bear in mind when considering a moral dilemma such as the removal of the womb of a pregnant woman with uterine cancer?
  2. What principles of Catholic moral teaching underlie these conditions? 

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