Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:41 PM
Segami (8,484 posts)
HYPOCRISY: Catholic hospital Chain BEATS Malpractice Suit By Saying FETUSES AREN'T PEOPLE!
I guess Jesus approved the Catholic Hospital's legal policy flip-flop?
A chain of Catholic Hospitals has beaten a malpractice lawsuit by saying that fetuses are not equivalent to human lives. According to the Colorado Independent, in the death of a 31-year-old woman carrying twin fetuses, Catholic Health Initiatives’ attorneys argued that in cases of wrongful death, the term “person” only applies to individuals born alive, and not to those who die in utero.
Lori Stodghill was seven months pregnant with twin boys on the day she died. The Independent reported that on New Year’s Day 2006 in Cañon City, Colorado, Stodghill was admitted to the Emergency Room at St. Thomas More Hospital complaining of nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath. She lost consciousness as she was being wheeled into an exam room and ER staff were unable to resuscitate her. It was later found that a main artery supplying blood to her lungs was clogged, which led to a massive heart attack. Stodghill never woke up, dying an hour after her admission to St. Thomas. Her twins died in her womb.
Frantic ER personnel had paged Stodghill’s doctor, obstetrician Pelham Staples, but the doctor never answered. A wrongful-death suit filed on the twins’ behalf by Stodghill’s husband, corrections officer Jeremy Stodghill, maintained that Staples should have made it to the hospital or ordered an emergency cesarian section by phone in order to save the 7-month-old fetuses. Defending attorney Jason Langley argued in a brief he filed on behalf of the hospital chain that the court “should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two unborn fetuses.”
This would appear to fly straight in the face of the doctrinal teachings that purportedly govern the hospital chain’s policies. Catholic Health Initiatives is a non-profit conglomerate organization that owns roughly 170 health care facilities in 17 states, with national assets totaling around $15 billion. Catholic hospitals purportedly base their ethical practices on the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Church, which were authored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. These guidelines state that, “Catholic health care ministry witnesses to the sanctity of life ‘from the moment of conception until death. The Church’s defense of life encompasses the unborn.”
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HYPOCRISY: Catholic hospital Chain BEATS Malpractice Suit By Saying FETUSES AREN'T PEOPLE! (Original post)
|Drew Richards||Jan 2013||#2|
Response to Segami (Original post)
Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:21 PM
Drew Richards (1,556 posts)
2. In that case they can not refuse to perform abortions because the fetus is not a human entity
under their born alive definition...
AND should loose medicare and medicaid funding if they refuse to perform said abortions...
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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:44 PM
ieoeja (8,731 posts)
3. Wrong. Hospital says, "Colorado law defines 'person' as an individual born alive".
Hospital is not claiming a 'person' is an individual born alive. They are saying that established law makes that claim.
This is no more hypocritical than us paying lower taxes due to a tax cut that we opposed. We take full advantage of the law we have even if we think it should not be the law.