Contraception and Anesthesia: A Reply to James DuBois

Christian Bioethics 14 (2):217-225 (2008)
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Abstract

This is a response to James Dubois’ “Is anesthesia intrinsically wrong?” I do not address many of the claims in this article but only DuBois’ use of the moral evaluation of the medical use of anesthesia as a counter example to two lines of reasoning developed to defend the traditional Catholic prohibition of contraception. Elizabeth Anscombe's dialectical defense of this teaching does not imply that such a defense must logically apply to the use of anesthesia. John Finnis’ defense of this teaching on the basis of a natural law argument does not imply that consciousness is a basic human good.

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