The irony hasn’t been lost as Catholic headlines clashed this week. Over ten thousand anti-abortion pilgrims marched for life yesterday, Jan. 25, including many Catholics from Long Island, to protest the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision as news broke of the Catholic hospital in Colorado winning a malpractice lawsuit declaring a fetus isn’t a person, throwing the media into a frenzy and providing another Catholic bashing opportunity.
The peaceful march on the National Mall was full of Catholic youth, dedicated to the preservation of life, a fact, according to Susan Wills, assistant director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, solidifies the pro-life movement.
The commitment and energy of hundreds of thousands of young people who are here to pray and to march on behalf of unborn children and grieving post-abortive mothers is proof that the pro-life movement is alive and growing and stronger than ever.
However, it doesn’t take much to incite certain media outlets to begin the Catholic bashing, calling this latest malpractice lawsuit in Colorado, hypocritical, casting a shadow over the pro-life march in Washington.
It is being reported that a chain of Catholic hospitals in Colorado has won a wrongful death lawsuit by claiming, “Fetuses are not equivalent to human lives”, sensationalizing headlines to gain viewership and in turn attacking the Catholic faith.
The Catholic hospital did indeed have the malpractice suit determined in its favor due to a Colorado law that is on the books of which the lawyer, Jason Langley, used to argue in his brief for the case involving 31-year-old Lori Stodghill, seven months pregnant with twin boys who died in the Colorado hospital, subsequently causing the death of her fetuses within her womb in 2006.
The court should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two unborn fetuses.
In citing Catholic doctrine, media outlets are claiming this decision is hypocritical at best, however doctrine cannot overturn law. The March for Life protests on Washington proves this, as the pro-life movement has been attempting to overturn the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision for 40 years now. No matter how tragic the situation, the sad decision in favor of the hospital falls within the lines of the law as stated by the Colorado Courts, of which a lawyer and his firm used to clear the name of the hospital.
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Sources: Business Insider, Huffington Post and Diocese of Rockville Centre.