Hospital Hokum

A 31-year-old woman, seven months pregnant with twins, suffered a heart attack arguably because St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colo., delayed treating her. The woman and the twins died. The family is suing church-affiliated Catholic Health Initiatives, the hospital’s owner. CHI’s lawyers, until January, defended the malpractice lawsuit as to the twins’ death by using Colorado law, in which a “person” is not created until birth. After church officials in Colorado and the Vatican learned of CHI’s strategy, they ordered it abandoned. It’s contrary to the teachings of the church.

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