PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Catholic Hospital Legal Defense: Fetuses Are Not People

St. Thomas More Hospital provides 24-hour emergency and acute care in Cañon City, Colo. (St. Thomas More Hospital)

St. Thomas More Hospital provides 24-hour emergency and acute care in Cañon City, Colo. (St. Thomas More Hospital)

St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colo. is being sued for the wrongful deaths of a woman and her unborn twins.

The woman was seven months pregnant in 2006, when she came into the hospital in feeling sick. She had a heart attack and died, as did the twins.

The woman’s husband sued, arguing that if the hospital had performed a c-section, the children would have survived.

The hospital says it cannot be held liable for the deaths of the twins because under state law, fetuses are not people.

“In this case, we have a law that violates church teachings, but they’re complying with the law because it’s to their advantage in the lawsuit. So that’s what’s got people upset,” religion reporter Bob Smietana told Here & Now. “One of the issues here is this is a $1.4 billion company. So they’re a giant healthcare provider, but they’re also a Catholic ministry. And so these two things collided here.”

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

July 24 9 Comments

U.S. Takes Home Gold… In Math

For the first time since 1994, six American teens won the International Mathematical Olympiad.

July 24 3 Comments

Food Innovators Develop Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon

Researchers say a fast-growing new form of a seaweed tastes like bacon when fried.

July 23 5 Comments

‘Paper Towns’ Author John Green Taps Into Teens

The film adaptation of "Paper Towns" comes a year after "The Fault in Our Stars" grossed over $300 million.

July 23 Comment

CDC Study: Teen Sex, Pregnancy On The Decline

The number of teenagers having sex is at the lowest level in 25 years. Less than half of 15 to 19-year-olds say they've had sex.