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  •  no he didn't (9+ / 0-)

    I was always taught in Catholic Schools by Catholic sisters and priests that when confronted with two evils, one must choose the lesser of two evils ...

    and saving the life of the mother rather than letting both the mother and the fetus die has to be considered the lesser of the two evils by any doctor with the least amount of ethics!

    I really wonder what the mother herself has said and felt ... and how did this story become public ...
    I thought all medical history is considered privileged and private.  

    Give your heart a real workout! Love your enemies!

    by moonbatlulu on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 09:13:18 AM PST

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    •  Failure to recognize the true dynamic here (0+ / 0-)
      The Catholic church really hasn't come out of the Middle Ages. They believe, as illustrated clearly by this incident, that God wants women with problem pregnancies to suffer and die. Providing life-saving medical intervention is going against God's will.

      The "treatment" for the "disease" that the Bishop thought she should have gotten treatment for was nothing more than ministering to her suffering until she died, as she was supposed to do.

      Despite the fact that Mother Teresa is generally considered to be nothing less than a saint, the fact is that she believed in the same sort of thing: she would minister to the suffering of the poor, but she was opposed to curative treatment that was often available to the wealthy and the social changes that would have prevented their debilitating conditions and terminal illnesses in the first place.

      They believe that such suffering is redemptive, not only to the women who die preventably. This redemption is tranferrable to everyone, especially the ones who would have been in the position of enforcing her impending demise by directly interfering with her getting the care she needed to survive.

      Think "Jesus suffered for our sins". This is just another manifestation of that. Your suffering and death can lead to my redemption. Is that a conflict of interest or what?

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