A woman who was 11-weeks pregnant was suffering from severe pulmonary hypertension and was at risk of heart failure that could lead to the death of both herself and the fetus. Ultimately, with everyone in agreement, the staff aborted the fetus and saved the life of the mother. Now considering the alternative was letting both fetus and mother die, this would seem to be a no-brainer decision, right? Wrong.
Enter Thomas Olmsted, a bishop who decided to excommunicate a nun, Sister Margaret McBride, who was an administrator at St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and who served on the ethics board that ok’d the abortion. She was also demoted:
“I am gravely concerned by the fact that an abortion was performed several months ago in a Catholic hospital in this diocese,” Olmsted said in a statement sent to The Arizona Republic. “I am further concerned by the hospital’s statement that the termination of a human life was necessary to treat the mother’s underlying medical condition.
“An unborn child is not a disease. While medical professionals should certainly try to save a pregnant mother’s life, the means by which they do it can never be by directly killing her unborn child. The end does not justify the means.”
No, you fucking asshole. The fetus was doomed either way. By not aborting the fetus, you’d be callously letting another human die who could otherwise be saved. At best this route would be considered unethical by any rational human being and at worst it’s criminal negligence. Maybe you’d know that if you were a doctor instead of some backseat driver who dresses in pajamas by choice. But how about this? Why don’t you go in your little church or whatever and pray for your “god” to miraculously revive the fetus? God can perform miracles right? Therefore if the kid doesn’t revive, we can only assume that “God” wanted the fetus dead.
So if these are the kinds of ass-clowns who will be making executive decisions at Catholic hospitals, no thank you.