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Can a pregnant woman undergo chemotherapy if it will harm her child?

Question:

What would the Church allow in the following situation? A pregnant woman has cancer. Chemotherapy may cure her but it would harm or kill her child. But if she refuses chemotherapy she will die before the child is viable outside the womb. I understand the principle that one cannot do something intrinsically evil (abortion) but one can do something that does both good and harm as long as the harm is not intended (principle of double effect). <br />

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