Rather than rely on the mass media version of truth here is an update straight from the Bishops:Statement addressing recent policies and practices of Catholic Health Initiatives
Attorneys for St. Thomas More argued that the hospital provided the best possible medical care to Lori Stodghill and her sons, and that there was no possibility of saving their lives. Two courts affirmed that argument.Colorado Bishops, Catholic Health Initiatives Call for Strong Protection of the Unborn
Evidence indicates that St. Thomas More Hospital undertook all possible efforts to save Lori Stodghill. Medical experts testified to that effect. They also testified that the Stodghill children tragically died before medical care commenced, so an emergency C-section would not have saved them. We have every reason to believe that St. Thomas More Hospital provided excellent and conscientious medical care in this case.
Attorneys for St. Thomas More Hospital argued that because unborn children are not defined as persons under Colorado’s Wrongful Death Act, the law did not permit this lawsuit. We became aware of this tragic situation on Thursday, January 24, 2013. We at once contacted the leadership of CHI for clarification.
CHI was unaware that legal counsel for St. Thomas More had aligned itself with an argument based upon an unjust law. CHI officials have assured us that they believed it was “morally wrong” to make recourse to an unjust law. They have also assured us that they will no longer utilize this unjust law if the case is heard before additional courts.
CHI joins us in our commitment to work for comprehensive change in Colorado’s law, so that the unborn may enjoy the same legal protections as all other persons.
We commend CHI for its rapid acknowledgment of this situation and its commitment to rectifying any harm it may have caused. We join CHI in affirming the fundamental truth that human life, human dignity, and human rights begin at conception. No law can ever mitigate God-given human rights. All Catholic persons and institutions, indeed all men and women of good will, share the solemn responsibility to support efforts aimed at establishing legal protection for the unborn.
DENVER – Feb. 4, 2013 - Colorado’s top Catholic Church officials expressed their support for Catholic Health Initiatives after the national health care organization acknowledged that it was “morally wrong” for attorneys to cite the state’s Wrongful Death Act in defense of a lawsuit involving one of its affiliated hospitals.
Attorneys for St Thomas More Hospital, which is sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives, cited the statute in legal proceedings in the tragic case of Lori Stodghill and her twin unborn sons, who died at the Cañon City hospital on New Year’s Day of 2006. The law does not consider unborn children to be persons, which contradicts the moral teachings of the Church.
The Catholic bishops of Colorado -- Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, and Bishop Fernando Isern of Pueblo -- met last week to discuss the case with CHI senior leadership after announcing they would review the circumstances of the case.
CHI officials declared their firm commitment to one of the Church’s most basic moral teachings – that every person is created in the image and likeness of God and that life begins at the moment of conception. The CHI officials reiterated their deeply held belief that Colorado law fails to adequately protect the rights of the unborn, and expressed their commitment to work for laws that respect the rights of the unborn.
In my opinion, this tragic event has already produced some good and may yet inspire much more.
My takeaway thus far -the given obvious that one should not take mass media reported 'news' at face value and one should always look well beyond the headlines -the Church should not blindly rely on experts of the world and must always rely on what she knows -the Church must be consistent in words and deeds in ALL she does and in ALL areas she does so; if ALL is not coordinated and aligned with God then the efforts of even well intentioned men are prone to being misled and subverted by the errors of the world.
Promoting a culture of life by opposing the culture of death entails far more than the leftist framed labels of "war on women", "anti-choice", "anti-abortion", or "anti-family planning" imply.
I pray that the wisdom and truth again realized with this reminder will take root in all culture war battlefields -on all fronts where the war rages such as education, marriage and family. Letting the opposition define what the Church is against always entails a compromise and a loss of territory because it accepts a false worldly narrative; a limiting premise that if accepted becomes a self imposed limitation on efforts of the Church which necessarily translates into a denial of the unlimited power of God.