February 5th, 2013
02:02 AM ET

Catholic hospital says it was 'morally wrong' to argue fetus is not a person

By CNN Staff

(CNN) - A Catholic hospital in hot water for claiming in a Colorado court that a fetus is not a person backtracked on Monday, saying it was "morally wrong" to make the argument while defending itself in a wrongful death lawsuit.

The flip-flop concerns the case of Lori Stodghill. She was 28 weeks pregnant with twins when she went to the emergency room of St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colorado, vomiting and short of breath.

She went into cardiac arrest in the lobby and died. That was New Year's Day 2006.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Catholic Church • Faith & Health

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    April 9, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
  2. LizMcD

    I have read many of the comments in this thread and am struck by how much those who say they are atheists hate God. Atheism is not God-neutral, it is positively at war with Him. Such warfare is controlled by satan, whom I am certain the atheists do not believe in either but who, despite that, certainly does exist. just consider the tone of hatred, harsh judgment, personal insult, intolerance and one sidedness in all these comments. I suspect no other group of people in the world gives rise to such hatred in you as Catholics and, by extension the Christian God. I can only hope you will some day realise just how captive you are in the snares of the devil, who uses tactics like inverting truth, discouraging and distracting to pull people away from their true nature as creatures of God. If any of you you can suspend for a while your intense feelings of antipathy and contemplate the possibility that you may be wrong and that there may be both God and the devil existing in our world, I recommend a book called "The Devil You Don't Know ( Recognising and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life) by Fr Louis Cameli, of the Chicago Diocese. There you will encounter the all too familiar evil force which seeks to control us. Unless and until we come to know and recognise the actions of the devil in our lives, we will continue to believe we have no need of God, He probably doesn't exist and there is no afterlife. The truth is, no one can prove that belief and maybe, just maybe, it is wrong. Another book which may appeal, if for no other reason than it is well written and quite irreverent, is "Unapologetic, Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Still Makes a Lot of Emotional Sense" by Francis Spufford, an Anglican and writer of dazzling ability and humour . You can't really and truthfully reject something you haven't opened your mind to and it is clear you have very closed minds where God is concerned., which is a shame. Allowing Him to reveal Himself and His love for you makes an awful lot of sense of everything, including yourself. I hope some of you at least will give it a go on the quiet of your own hearts and minds. You might be surprised what happens.

    February 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
  3. gerald

    It is not however morally wrong to argue that a lawyer is not a person.

    February 7, 2013 at 11:49 am |
  4. Hemlock

    I've no opinion of abortion. I do wish, however that euthenasia was legal. When it comes my time I do not want to endure the torture chamber that is the modern medical system. The drug companies use junkies as an excuse to not allow suffering victims of cancer access to the medicines they need just not to hurt. The reality is not control of some abuser's behavior the reality is profit.

    Tell me, should I blame a religious group for saying my time should be the will of their diety? Or should I blame some non religious group for saying that as life is all there is then profit is all that matters and there is no need to concern ones self with the suffering of another?

    Please fight it out amongst eachother while the powers that be get fatter walets every day.

    February 7, 2013 at 7:43 am |
    • gerald

      U go frist.

      February 7, 2013 at 11:50 am |
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