Est. May 2008

28 January, 2013

You’re Not Helping

At St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colorado, a young pregnant woman died of an apparent cardiac arrest; her husband sued the hospital and its owner, Catholic Health Initiatives, for the wrongful deaths of his wife and the twin boys she was carrying.

By now you’ve figured out this is a Catholic hospital, I hope.

Well, the hospital’s attorneys went ahead and fought the case, and the judge agreed with the following argument:
They said that under state law, an embryo is not person until it is born alive, according to court documents. The Stodghills' twins were deceased when they were removed from their mother's lifeless body.
You read that right: the Catholic hospital’s lawyers argued that the unborn babies weren’t ‘people’ – directly poking in the eye the Roman Catholic opinion that life begins at conception.

Naturally,
Representatives of the Catholic bishops of Colorado declined to comment on the legal proceedings, but said they will review the litigation and Catholic Health Initiatives' practices "to ensure fidelity and faithful witness to the teachings of the Catholic Church."
Might have been a better idea to review the practices before it caused this kind of embarrassment.  Oh, and…
Catholic Health Initiatives would not speak to CNN on camera, but said in a statement, "In this case... as Catholic organizations, (we) are in union with the moral teachings of the Church."
…seems a bit, well, odd, when you really think about it.

Okay, I'll say it - in this case, it looks like a load of manure.

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