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  •  Umm... Depending on the Hospital's contract (3+ / 0-)
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    Tom Anderson, johnny wurster, briefer

    with it's malpractice carrier, they may not actually have any input into their defense. They may be required to defend by any means possible.

    Certainly the lawyers are- If they didn't float this defense, they would be liable for legal malpractice.

    I know that's not as satisfying as railing against the Church, but it's much more likely to be what's actually happening.

    Reality Based and all that.

    Enjoy your day.

    •  Still ammo against them, and should be noted (1+ / 0-)
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      This will make it harder for them to make the claim that a fetus is a person, in the future. We are certainly a reality based community, but this is a matter of optics, how things look, and this does not look good for them. Doesn't matter why they had to mount this defense, the fact is, they did mount this defense. So in the future, we can point out that a Catholic hospital made the claim, in court, that a fetus is not a person.

      •  Umm...No. (0+ / 0-)
        So in the future, we can point out that a Catholic hospital made the claim, in court, that a fetus is not a person.
        Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive.

        Pointing that out does not equal claiming that a fetus isn't a person. It's pointing out that that person has no standing under the Law.

        Big difference.

        Take Care.

        •  Doesn't matter, it's about optics (2+ / 0-)
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          ExStr8, alain2112

          Make THEM put forth that argument. Why are you making the anti-abortion crowd's argument for them? So you can claim to be "reality based?" how smug and condescending of you. This is about how things look to the common man, and to the common man, "The catholic church argued in court that a fetus is not a person" is a simple, understandable argument. Make the other side do the work to come up with the rebuttal, because, even if it is true, it is complicated and nuanced, and that is not what sticks in people's minds.

          Whose side are you on here?

    •  Lawyers are no excuse. (2+ / 0-)
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      ExStr8, alain2112

      Since when does a Catholic organization abandon its principles based on secular law? Only if it might lose some money, I guess. Don't you think a Catholic hospital would stand by one of Catholicism's most basic tenets that life begins at conception? And not just when it's convenient?  Basically, life begins at conception, except when you're sued.

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