That’s the question that Fr. Kevin O’Rourke, a bioethicist and canon lawyer, attempts to discern in this article from America magazine.
It is, to my knowledge, the most comprehensive and detailed overview of the facts surrounding the controversial abortion performed last year at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix. Those who have been following the case should read it.
It seems clear: there are a lot of gray areas here. And we still don’t know the whole story. But this helps put what happened in a fuller context. Check it out.