The Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law Chapter 13: I Had No Choice! Necessity pg 20: Right Here, Right Now
In states that justify killing by Necessity, it’s more likely to work when several other lives were saved by taking that one life.
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So in one of those states, could I claim Necessity as a defense to killing an abortion doctor, if doing so saves many-
I see where you’re going with that. The answer is no, because abortion is specifically permitted by the State. As a matter of law, it’s not a “harm” at all. So it just doesn’t outbalance the value of the doctor’s own life.
And anyway, you’re only doing it to prevent possible future acts, not an immediate act going on right now. That’s never Necessity.