In an exclusive to The Guardian, a report has come to light that the Catholic Church gave directives to all Catholic-operated medical facilities in the United States:
“as long as there is a heartbeat, induction of labor is not an option in a Catholic institution unless the mother’s life is in jeopardy”.
It is no news that the Catholic-church is against Abortion. ”Abortion is never permitted”.
But, these directives which also include:
Catholic healthcare institutions are not to provide abortion services, even based upon the principle of material cooperation.”
seem to have caused five expecting-mothers to lose their babies.
The case which brought the previously closeted rule began with a pregnant mother who was miscarrying.
As the woman was being wheeled to the hospital, her doctor called the specialist on duty, ”The baby will die, the woman might follow. It is unequivocal. Induce labor immediately.”
When she was brought to the Mercy Health Partners Hospital, Muskegon, Michigan, staffs of the hospital adamantly refused to induce labor.
They stated a set of written directives by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that forbids terminating a pregnancy unless the mother is in grave condition.
Doctors then decided to delay until the woman showed signs of sepsis – a life-threatening response to an advanced infection – or the fetal heart stopped on its own.
They never induced labor. They also never informed the women they had the option to induce labor.
In the end, it was sepsis (blood poisoning) that put the woman’s life in jeopardy.
The woman delivered at 1.41A.M with doctors who had been watching her temperature climb up and down for over eight hours. The infant died sixty-five minutes later.
The Report by a former Muskegon County health official, Faith Groesbeck, accuses Mercy Health Partners of ”forcing five women between August 2009 and December 2010 to undergo dangerous miscarriages by giving them no other option”.
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Rather than inform the women of their options which is:
(a) induce labor or (b) offering , to transfer them to another hospital the doctors the report confirms unequivocally decided to subject the women to prolonged miscarriages.
It also claims the doctors acted out of compliance to the strict abortion ban by the Mercy Health Partner Hospital.
This action resulted in several of the women suffering infection, emotional trauma, or undergoing unnecessary surgery. They were all less than twenty-four weeks pregnant.
The report says, all five women displayed signs which showed it would be safest for them to deliver immediately.
The women who spoke on anonymity said they were never informed of any options and their request to review their medical treatments was rejected.
They also stated, they were earlier grateful to the hospitals for helping to save their lives.