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Lawsuit against US bishops wrong on abortion, doctor says (details emerge)
cna ^ | December 3, 2013 | Adelaide Mena and Kevin Jones

Posted on 12/04/2013 6:39:27 AM PST by NYer

Pro-life demonstrators in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pro-life demonstrators in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lansing, Mich., Dec 3, 2013 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawsuit charging that the U.S. bishops’ ethical standards for hospitals caused negligent care of a pregnant woman wrongly claims that abortion was medically necessary, a doctor and professor of medicine has said.

“Abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother,” said Dr. Brian C. Calhoun, a professor and vice-chair in the obstetrics and gynecology department at West Virginia University-Charleston.

Calhoun, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies, rejected the deliberate killing of an unborn patient in a medical emergency.

“Abortion is not medicine. It is something else entirely,” he told CNA Dec. 2.

The American Civil Liberties Union on Nov. 29 filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on behalf of a Michigan woman named Tamesha Means.

Means was 18 weeks pregnant in 2010 when her water broke and she went to Mercy Health Muskegon, a Catholic hospital in Michigan. She made three emergency visits. On the third visit, she delivered the baby, who died less than three hours after birth.

The ACLU claims that hospital was negligent because it did not tell Means “that terminating her pregnancy was an option and the safest course for her condition.”

The legal group said the woman was in “excruciating pain” and the pregnancy posed “significant risks to her health.” She also suffered “extreme distress” and an infection that can cause infertility, the organization said.

While babies have not been known to survive outside of the womb before 21 weeks of pregnancy, an unborn baby at 18 weeks is significantly developed, about 5.5 inches long and seven ounces in weight, with a small human profile. The baby can make sucking motions with his or her mouth and can begin to hear, the Mayo Clinic website says. The mother can often feel the baby’s motions.

Calhoun said that patients such as Means may need to be delivered prematurely. Even if the premature baby ends up dying, this different from an abortion, in which a doctor directly and deliberately “kills the baby, usually by surgical dismemberment.”

He suggested that the lawsuit is an attempt “to make abortion seem like a great idea.” He noted that surgical abortions also have “numerous” complications, including bleeding, lacerations, incompetent cervix, and infection.

The ACLU lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Michigan, claims that because the U.S. bishops’ conference approved the ethical directives governing Catholic hospitals, the conference is “ultimately responsible for the unnecessary trauma and harm” that Means and other pregnant women have experienced at these hospitals.

The legal group opposes the Catholic directives, saying they tell health care provides not to inform patients about other alternatives even when they are the “best option for the patient’s health.”

Most recently updated in 2009, Catholic ethical and religious directives seek to affirm the life of all parties involved in a medical situation. They allow operations, treatments and medications for a pregnant woman to treat a “proportionately serious pathological condition” if these procedures and treatments cannot be postponed, “even if they will result in the death of the unborn child.”

However, Catholic ethics bar the direct and intentional killing of an unborn baby through abortion.

The American Civil Liberties Union has long backed legal sanctions against Catholic institutions that refuse to recognize what it considers “reproductive rights.” It has called for federal investigations of Catholic hospitals that refuse to perform abortions. In a 2002 report, the legal group’s now defunct Reproductive Freedom Project advocated restrictions on the ability of Catholic hospitals and other institutions to refuse to perform procedures they find objectionable, including sterilizations or abortions.

The ACLU is also a vigorous defender of the federal HHS mandate that requires many employers to provide sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause early abortions, in their employee health plans.

The mandate has been criticized for its narrow religious exemption, which fails to protect many religious ministries. The language for the exemption was based on a California law crafted by the ACLU specifically to counter Catholic institutions’ conscience protections, William J. Cox, president of the California-based Alliance of Catholic Health Care, told a subcommittee hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2011.

TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: abortion; aclu; hhs; usccb

1 posted on 12/04/2013 6:39:27 AM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 12/04/2013 6:39:45 AM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

The ACLU is the most vile group in the world today. They have evolved from their original mission to where they choose the most outlandish cases they can find. There is nothing in this stated case that was handled wrong. The woman already knew she could have had an abortion here in this country.

The ACLU has become an internship for schister lawyers. All funding should be withdrawn from them. If the public was aware of everything they are doing, they would be out of business.

3 posted on 12/04/2013 7:32:58 AM PST by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: NYer

Suing a Catholic hospital because it won’t do abortions is like suing a kosher deli because it won’t make you a bacon cheeseburger. Frivolous to the max.

4 posted on 12/04/2013 7:56:33 AM PST by RichInOC (2013-14 Tiber Swim Team)
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To: NYer

Good thing if the Bishops are being sued. Means they did something right!

5 posted on 12/04/2013 7:59:29 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

The ACLU is trying to turn this into another Savita case, like in Ireland. And the abortion enthusiasts lied, lied, and lied again on that one -— Lord, I hate lies, and the Father of Lies.

6 posted on 12/04/2013 8:07:26 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy)
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To: NYer

The atheists pushing their religion again.

7 posted on 12/04/2013 8:12:26 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: NYer
The standard for a malpractice suit is that there must be actual harm. There is this: She also suffered “extreme distress” and an infection that can cause infertility, the organization said. Some degree of pain and emotional distress are expected in a miscarriage.

The infection would be of more concern in a malpractice suit, which it is not clear this is - is this a civil rights suit or a malpractice suit?

When was the infection detected? What caused it? How and when was it treated? How bad was it? The story does not say over what time period she made her three ER visits - over one day? Ten days?

8 posted on 12/04/2013 8:44:01 AM PST by heartwood
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To: heartwood

And are they lying? ACLU does that, you know!

9 posted on 12/04/2013 8:46:12 AM PST by Salvation
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To: maxwellsmart_agent

Abortion is murder. They need to investigate St. Gianna Molla.

10 posted on 12/04/2013 9:25:07 AM PST by Salvation
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11 posted on 12/04/2013 10:35:11 AM PST by Salvation
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To: Mrs. Don-o
>> Lord, I hate lies, and the Father of Lies.

Amen, sister!

Meanwhile, the democrat Party, ACLU, NOW, Big Media, NARAL, and a host of others all worship at the feet of the father of lies, whose 'good' servant currently infests the White House.

12 posted on 12/04/2013 10:39:06 AM PST by NorthMountain
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To: Mrs. Don-o

The whole King Barry nobility and all of those who support their agenda are just chips off the old block, too. Liars and murders from the beginning.

13 posted on 12/04/2013 10:48:33 AM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory)
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To: maxwellsmart_agent; NYer

Throw it out of court, sanction them for this nonsense and award them all legal fees.

14 posted on 12/04/2013 2:48:23 PM PST by darkangel82
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