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Is it Permitted to Kill the Fetus When the Mother is in Danger?

Updated: Dec 10, 2022

Warning: This sensitive topic speaks about killing an unborn fetus

Divine Code for December 8, 2022

Today: Pages 338-339

Part 3:3 -- 3:7

If a woman is in risk of dying in childbirth (due to her fetus), it is permitted to kill the unborn fetus and remove it from het to save her life, because it is as if the fetus is pursuing her to kill her. But if it's head has already emerged, since it is already born, it is forbidden to harm it, for one does not have permission to choose one life over the other, and this risk in childbirth is the nature of the world.

If taking no action against the fetus would result in both the mother and the fetus dying, or if it is clear that the child will die no matter what, or it will be stillborn, it is permissible to save the mother's life by killing (aborting) the fetus if necessary, even if the head or most of the body of the fetus has come out.

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