Intention of a Human Act

The intention of a human act is one of the three sources which determine the morality of an act ( See object and circumstance as the other two sources). The intention is the subjective portion of a human act which is why the person engages in an act in the first place. The motive, or end hoped for is the intention of the act. It is important to note the intention of the act cannot be considered only in moral discernment, even if it is good intention.  Any easy way of understanding the principle is to examine the following scenario. Every person wishes, or has the intention that woman have good healthcare opportunities regardless of age or economic status. The intention is good and universally accepted. However, if the way in which the healthcare is obtained is through an abortive procedure, then it matters little what the intention is because the object of the act is the killing of another human being.