The Ethics of Ectopic Pregnancy: A Critical Reconsideration of Salpingostomy and Methotrexate
Ethicists have continued to debate about two means of treating ectopic pregnancy, namely, the removal of the embryo from the tube (salpingostomy) and the use of methotrexate. This article examines the major arguments in favor of considering salpingostomy intentional killing. The article goes on to evaluate the major arguments in favor of the conclusion that methotrexate is intentional killing or intentional mutilation. The tentative conclusion reached is that both salpingostomy and the use of methotrexate should be considered morally permissible.
Kaczor, Christopher. “The Ethics of Ectopic Pregnancy: A Critical Reconsideration of Salpingostomy and Methotrexate1.” The Linacre Quarterly, vol. 76, no. 3, Aug. 2009, pp. 265–82. https://doi.org/10.1179/002436309803889106.