Matt C. Abbott
January 25, 2013
Catholic hospital: unborn child is not a person; Diocesan-paid abortions?
By Matt C. Abbott

We Christian pro-lifers are rightly in "battle mode" with the Obama administration; however, it's clear that we still need to clean up our own house, so to speak.

The most recent case in point, courtesy of Catholic World News (Jan. 24):
    A Catholic hospital in Colorado has argued in court that an unborn child should not be considered a 'person' for purposes of a wrongful-death lawsuit.

    In the case of a woman who died of a heart attack while pregnant with twins, a lawyer for St. Thomas More hospital called the court's attention to 'the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term 'person,' as it is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive.'

    In the wrongful-death case, the plaintiff had argued that while the mother's life could not have been saved, doctors should have intervened to save the unborn baby twins.
(Click here to read an article on the matter in USA Today.)

The wrongful death lawsuit may or may not be justified, but for the hospital's attorneys to assert that the unborn child is not a person is, morally speaking, repugnant. Since when do Catholic hospitals use Planned Parenthood lingo? Nancy Pelosi must be delighted.

It made me think of the report by David Yonke, former religion editor of The Toledo Blade who currently works for Religion News LLC, that the Diocese of Toledo paid for certain abortions and kept one or more files on it. The file(s) came to light during the re-opened investigation into the 1980 brutal murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl. Father Gerald Robinson was tried and convicted of Sister Pahl's murder in 2006. Click here, here and here to read my past columns on the matter.

To date, according to Yonke, the diocese has never attempted to refute his report on the diocesan-paid abortions, which he made in his book Sin, Shame, & Secrets: The Murder of a Nun, the Conviction of a Priest, and Cover-up in the Catholic Church.

Some dirty little secrets still exist, it seems.

As for the house-cleaning ... it's time to get out the brooms.

On second thought ... maybe we should get out the hazmat suits.

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Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He has been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR and WLS-TV in Chicago, and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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