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The Case of Conjoined Twins: Embodiment, Individuality, and Dependence
Theological Studies (2001)
  • M. Cathleen Kaveny, Boston College Law School

The English courts in November 2000 authorized the surgical separation of conjoined twins known by the pseudonyms “Jodie” and “Mary.” The operation resulted in the immediate death of Mary, while giving Jodie real hope of a normal life. Without the operation, both babies would have soon died. The author here considers how the morality of the operation would be assessed from the perspective of two different views of embodiment, the “Bodily Distinctness View” and the “Bodily Relatedness View.” After showing how both views would support the operation (although on different grounds), she analyzes the statement opposing the operation that was submitted to the appellate court by Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminister.

Publication Date
December, 2001
Citation Information
M. Cathleen Kaveny. "The Case of Conjoined Twins: Embodiment, Individuality, and Dependence" Theological Studies Vol. 62 (2001)
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