Hospital Saves Mother, Loses Catholic Hospital Status

When churches do religion they apparently do it well. When they choose to practice medicine they bungle, despite their “infallibility.”

In this situation the hospital, after doing an appropriate ethical review, saved the life of a woman having life threatening complications from a pregnancy– hypertension, probably eclampsia.

The church’s reaction to this life saving act:

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix stripped a major hospital of its affiliation with the church Tuesday because of a surgery that ended a woman’s pregnancy to save her life.  

The woman is in her 20s had a history of abnormally high blood pressure when she learned of her pregnancy. After she was admitted to the hospital with worsening symptoms, doctors determined her risk of death was nearly 100 percent.

Medicynical note: If a loved one were pregnant, I would not advise using a hospital blindly adhering to the catholic church’s wishes. Medieval notions in the modern era unfortunately lead to remarkable distortions which in this case threatened life.

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