Religious Law is All Well And Good, Until Someone Files a Law Suit.
In Colorado, a “non-profit” organization, Catholic Health Initiatives is hiding behind Colorado secular law in order to ward off a wrongful death lawsuit involving a 31 year old women and her two unborn twins. The defense? The babies were fetuses, therefore the courts “should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two fetuses”
On January 1, 2006, Jeremy Stodghill brought his seven months pregnant wife Lori into the ER at St. Thomas More hospital in Canon City, Colorado. She had trouble breathing, and was vomiting. Her obstetrition, Dr. Pelham Staples was paged as soon as Lori arrived, but did not answer. Lori died less than an hour later, as did her unborn twins. The hospital determined that Lori died from a massive heart attack, which was a result of the main artery to her lungs being clogged.
After Lori’s death, Jeremy Stodghill filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital, one of the 170 health care facilities that Catholic Health Initiatives operates in 17 states. His complaint is that the ER should have performed an emergency C-section in order to save the lives of the fetuses. So far, the hospital has been successful in fighting the lawsuit by claiming that the fetuses were not people since they were not born yet. This defense has been held up by two different Colorado courts. This is where the hypocrisy of the church comes in.
All catholic health care facilities follow the directives of the catholic church: Catholic health care facilities are to recognize the sanctity of life from the moment of conception until death. The church’s defense of life encompasses the unborn. That is of course, until the church is about to lose a shit load of money. All dogma goes out the window, while this organization with 15 billion dollars in assets hides behind secular law!
The church states that abortion is a sin because life begins at contraception, yet two 7 month fetuses have no rights because they are unborn, and not people? The church may have secular law behind them, but their God’s law has been forsaken in order to cover their own asses.
Nice. Really fucking nice. This is a perfect example of why I’m a born again atheist.
- Catholic Hospital Conveniently Claims Fetuses Aren’t People in Malpractice Lawsuit (jezebel.com)
- Catholics argue that fetuses are people – unless it costs the Church money (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people (coloradoindependent.com)
- Catholic Hospital Argues Fetuses Aren’t People In Med Mal Suit (crooksandliars.com)