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In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people
01-25-2013, 04:57 PM
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In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people
Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cañon City on New Year’s Day 2006. She was vomiting and short of breath and she passed out as she was being wheeled into an examination room. Medical staff tried to resuscitate her but, as became clear only later, a main artery feeding her lungs was clogged and the clog led to a massive heart attack. Stodghill’s obstetrician, Dr. Pelham Staples, who also happened to be the obstetrician on call for emergencies that night, never answered a page. His patient died at the hospital less than an hour after she arrived and her twins died in her womb.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Stodghill’s husband Jeremy, a prison guard, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on behalf of himself and the couple’s then-two-year-old daughter Elizabeth. Staples should have made it to the hospital, his lawyers argued, or at least instructed the frantic emergency room staff to perform a caesarian-section. The procedure likely would not have saved the mother, a testifying expert said, but it may have saved the twins.

The lead defendant in the case is Catholic Health Initiatives, the Englewood-based nonprofit that runs St. Thomas More Hospital as well as roughly 170 other health facilities in 17 states. Last year, the hospital chain reported national assets of $15 billion. The organization’s mission, according to its promotional literature, is to “nurture the healing ministry of the Church” and to be guided by “fidelity to the Gospel.” Toward those ends, Catholic Health facilities seek to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Church authored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Those rules have stirred controversy for decades, mainly for forbidding non-natural birth control and abortions. “Catholic health care ministry witnesses to the sanctity of life ‘from the moment of conception until death,’” the directives state. “The Church’s defense of life encompasses the unborn.”

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But when it came to mounting a defense in the Stodghill case, Catholic Health’s lawyers effectively turned the Church directives on their head. Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.

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01-25-2013, 05:14 PM
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Can you say hypocrites?

It's all about the money. It's one reason why that church covered up the abuse of young children too. Disgusting behavior from an institution that is supposed to illustrate moral behavior.

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01-25-2013, 05:21 PM
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Their stance has nothing to do with principle, it's all about money, power, and domination. I wish the "pro-life" hypocrites cared as much about the children AFTER they're born as they do before they're born.
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01-25-2013, 06:27 PM
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(01-25-2013 05:21 PM)Brewman_Jax Wrote:  Their stance has nothing to do with principle, it's all about money, power, and domination. I wish the "pro-life" hypocrites cared as much about the children AFTER they're born as they do before they're born.

Exactly!

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01-26-2013, 06:10 AM
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RE: In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people
(01-25-2013 05:21 PM)Brewman_Jax Wrote:  Their stance has nothing to do with principle, it's all about money, power, and domination. I wish the "pro-life" hypocrites cared as much about the children AFTER they're born as they do before they're born.

Judging by their arguments in this case I would say they really don't care about children either before or after birth.

They should just replace the cross on the altar with a cash register and stop all the pretense.

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