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Is it ethical for Catholic and southern hospitals to deny services in cases of spontaneous abortion.

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These are excerpts of an op-ed piece by Kathrine Stewart discussing how the overturning of Roe will cause even greater denials of service to women experiencing spontaneous abortion (miscarriages). The entire op-ed can be read here: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/opinion/

Why Was a Catholic Hospital Willing to Gamble With My Life?: NYT Feb. 25, 2022

More than 20 states are poised to ban or severely restrict abortion if the Supreme Court decides to overturn or undermine Roe v. Wade this year. We know these laws and regulations will have a devastating effect on women’s rights and liberty, but many people do not realize how deeply they will reach into maternal medicine. You can’t take away the right to abortion without risking the health and lives of all women who become pregnant.

Employees of Catholic health care systems must follow the Ethical and Religious Directives as a condition of their employment ........ Consistent with Catholic doctrine, the directives prohibit abortion. According to Directive 45 “Abortion ... is never permitted.” Less widely appreciated is the fact that as a consequence of this prohibition, many Catholic hospitals restrict a number of miscarriage-related procedures that fall within (or close to) the directives’ definition of abortion.

In a 2016 report by the American Civil Liberties Union Dr. David Eisenberg recalled the story of a young woman experiencing a miscarriage, who came in after having sought care at a Catholic facility outside Chicago. By the time she transferred to another hospital and came under Dr. Eisenberg’s care, 10 days later, she had a fever of 106 degrees and was dying of sepsis. She survived, Dr. Eisenberg said, but suffered a cognitive injury as a result of the severity of the sepsis as well as an acute kidney injury.

I too came close to paying for the directives’ ban on abortion with my life. In December 2003 (She relates her own experience at a Catholic hospital in which she almost bled to death before the hospital attended to her miscarriage)

Given that as many as one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, complications are not uncommon.

Religious restrictions on maternal medicine are not exclusive to Catholic hospitals. In a 2021 report, ...... researchers concluded that Protestant and even secular hospitals across the South delay or deny care to women facing severe pregnancy complications at the behest of anti-choice administrators or boards, community pressure, or fear of losing private or public funds.

...... pregnancy carries significant risk of complications, and hospitals and medical professionals in a modern society ought to allow best practices, rather than religious dogma, to guide their protocols of care.
 

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It is never ethical for any health facility with a gynecology/obstetrics department to reject medically necessary abortions at any stage in pregnancy.

My definition of "medically necessary" goes beyond the mother choosing between her life and the baby's life. It also means preventing any pregnancy complications from potentially becoming life-threatening, such as preeclampsia, if the problem can't be treated. I do not care how religious they are; Jesus did not tell people their job is to turn away those who need help to stop suffering physical pain. No baby is harmed. The mother is healed. The hospital gets some money for helping a poor sick woman. What is wrong with that?
 
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