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The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 21, Issue 1, Spring 2021

Barbara Dugan
Pages 45-55

Motherhood as a Sacrificial Self-Gift
A Response to a Proposal in Beyond the Abortion Wars

This essay argues against Charles Camosy’s proposal, found in his book Beyond the Abortion Wars, for premature induction of labor in a mother whose child is diagnosed with a life-limiting disease, such as Potter syndrome. This proposal is critiqued within the context of motherhood as sacrificial self-gift, which has been raised to new heights by the Incarnation and Resurrection of Christ, as witnessed by the motherhood of Mary.

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