The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 11, Issue 1, Spring 2011

The Principle of Double Effect

Michael E. Allsopp
Pages 31-40

The Doctrine of Double Effect in U.S. Law
Exploring Neil Gorsuch’s Analyses

The doctrine of double effect has a firm, respected position within Roman Catholic medical ethics. Neil M. Gorsuch, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, believes that this doctrine also enjoys a central place within U.S. law. This essay examines and assesses Gorsuch’s thesis. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 11.1 (Spring 2011): 31–40.