Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Phoenix Catholic Diocese insists that the St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix did the wrong thing in 2009 when it terminated a pregnancy to save a mother's life. The woman needing medical care was raising four children.
The church severed ties this week with St. Josephs because the hospital did not comply with Catholic morality.
Olmsted explained to reporters that the pregnancy termination was morally wrong because according to the Ten Commandments, the life of a human being cannot be deliberately taken. When two innocent persons are involved, such as a mother and child, Olmsted said that every effort should have been done to save both lives. Although the hospital staff believed that it was necessary to terminate the pregnancy to save the mother's life, Olmsted said that the hospital directly killed an innocent life, thus violating Catholic policy.
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