Thursday, May 20, 2010

"Direct Abortion"/Excommunication--Backstory

Well. It appears that the facts are emerging.

As you recall, a nun was excommunicated by the Bishop of Phoenix for authorizing a direct abortion in a Catholic hospital.

Olmsted had rebuked a religious sister and Catholic hospital administrator, who condoned a 2009 abortion on an 11-week pregnant woman suffering from pulmonary hypertension.

Seems that such a condition is not exactly a death sentence (for the mom, anyway.)

Dr. Paul A. Byrne, Director of Neonatology and Pediatrics at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, told Monday that he knew of no situations when an abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother, and that "given just pulmonary hypertension, the answer is no” to abortion.

Let's hope that one example is enough.

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