Ectopic Pregnancy

Key Texts

  1. Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). Electronic address:, Miller R, Timor-Tritsch IE, Gyamfi-Bannerman C. Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Consult Series #49: Cesarean scar pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020 May;222(5):B2-B14. Abstract here.
  2. American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYNs. Practice Guideline 9: Ectopic Pregnancy. 2020. Full text here.
  3. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Practice Bulletins—Gynecology. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 193: Tubal Ectopic Pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Mar;131(3):e91-e103. Abstract here.
  4. May, William E. “The Management of Ectopic Pregnancies: A Moral Analysis,” 121–141 in The Fetal Tissue Issue: Medical and Ethical Aspects, ed. Peter J. Cataldo and Albert S. Moraczewski. Braintree, MA: Pope John Center, 1994.

Key Abstracts

  1. Condic ML, Harrison D. Treatment of an Ectopic Pregnancy: An Ethical Reanalysis. Linacre Q. 2018 Aug;85(3):241-251. Full text here.
  2. Buskmiller C. The Ethics of Interstitial and Cesarean Scar Ectopic Pregnancies: Four Case Studies and a Review of the Literature. Linacre Q. 2018 Aug;85(3):252-269. Full text here.
  3. Hager SE. Against Salpingostomy as a Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy. Natl Catholic Bioeth Q. 2016 16(1):39-48. Abstract here.
  4. De Goede M. An Argument Against the Use of Methotrexate in Ectopic Pregnancies. Natl Catholic Bioeth Q. 2014 14(4):625-635. Abstract here.
  5. Watt H. Bodily Invasions: When Side Effects are Morally Conclusive. Catholic Med Q. 2012 62(3):34-36. Full text here.
  6. Anderson M, Fastiggi R, Hargroder D, Howard J, Kischer C. Ectopic Pregnancy and Catholic Morality. Natl Catholic Bioeth Q. 2011 11(1):65-82. Full text here.
  7. Kaczor C. The Ethics of Ectopic Pregnancy: a Critical Reconsideration of Salpingostomy and Methotrexate. Linacre Q. 2009 76(3):265-282. Full text here.
  8. Pivarunas AR. Ethical and medical considerations in the treatment of ectopic pregnancy. Linacre Q. 2003 Aug;70(3):195-209. Abstract here.