We were discussing this subject shortly after Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland when her doctors refused to treat her because she was pregnant. She died of sepsis when the hospital, on religious grounds, refused to remove the fetus that was killing her, and I asked how we can accept this in the name of religion - how can we say that it's okay to deny a woman proper health care because a religious institution thinks the developing fetus is more important.
I recall at least one CM member saying something about how it's not up to us, because this falls under the jurisdiction of Ireland, and is not our problem to judge.
But what if the same things were happening in Catholic hospitals, right here in the United States? When does it become shameful and morally wrong for people who are not doctors decide that women come second to fetuses?
Here's a story on a few of those "exceptions" that have happened right here in the good ole US of A, because religious clergy wouldn't allow doctors to do the right thing, allowing religion trump medicine.
Answer by Ballad at 12:45 AM on Feb. 10, 2013
Answer by FreeForAll at 9:17 PM on Feb. 9, 2013
Answer by Nimue930 at 9:14 PM on Feb. 9, 2013
Answer by sahmamax2 at 8:35 AM on Feb. 10, 2013
Answer by momto2boys973 at 10:15 AM on Feb. 10, 2013
Answer by momto2boys973 at 11:13 PM on Feb. 9, 2013
Answer by momto2boys973 at 10:08 AM on Feb. 10, 2013
I don't feel the story of Savita Halappanavar was reported correctly. She died of sepsis and delivering the baby wouldn't necessarily have helped her in anyway. I don't know what was involved in her care but I don't think the news reporting was accurate because it didn't allow anytime to investigate what actually happened and what medical intervention might actually would have helped her. I also feel this link is extremely biased so I don't know what is factual.
I do think the life of the mother should come first, and it should be up to the family to be involved in medical decisions. like most hospitals Catholic hospitals have ethic committees that are made up of an interdisciplinary care teams, and not everyone involved in this team will necessarly be Catholic.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 4:38 AM on Feb. 10, 2013
Answer by momto2boys973 at 11:18 PM on Feb. 9, 2013
Answer by Iamgr8teful at 11:05 PM on Feb. 12, 2013
Recently Bumped in Debate
Michigan Pediatrician Refuses To Treat Baby Because It Has Two Mommies