El Coyote Gordo (supergee) wrote,
El Coyote Gordo

Sometimes thou shalt murder

Many years ago, I read a novel called The Cardinal, by Henry Morton Robinson, based on the life of Francis Cardinal Spellman (except for the part where, as Angelo D'Arcangelo put it, he spent a lot of time on his knees for the benefit of the troops). In it a doctor chooses to save the life of a late-term fetus and let the mother die. Because it is Catholic fiction, the woman was a no-good tramp slut all along and the baby turned out to be a wonderful person.

In real life, the usual problem is that a woman will die if she remains pregnant and the choice is to save her with an abortion or let her die and then make a desperate effort to save the fetus. According to the Bishop of Phoenix the latter option is "respecting the equal dignity" of mother and "baby," and if the hospital saves the life it can save, the church will no longer support the hospital. I presume that if the government did anything to support the hospital, it would be violating the bishop's First Amendment rights.

Thanx to andrewducker et al.
Tags: religion
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