You can tell when somebody is about to lose their job, particularly in a case where a legal team is arguing against the standards of faith for a religion.
Such was the case Colorado when the legal council in a lawsuit argued that fetuses are not people. This legal proceeding did not involve a pro-choice debate that justified an abortion, but attorneys representing a Catholic institution that was being sued.
Back in 2006 on New Years’ Day, a patient named Lori Stodgrill was admitted to St. Thomas Moore Hospital in Canon City with apparent complications to a pregnancy involving twin boys who were at 7-months. Tragically Ms. Stodgrill died less than an hour later from complications of a clogged artery. Sadly, her twin boys perished in her womb before anything could be done.
In the aftermath, Lori’s husband Jeremy filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of himself and the surviving daughter Elizabeth who was two years of age at the time. The main defendant in the case is the Catholic Health Initiatives which is a non-profit that runs St. Thomas More along with 170 other health facilities in 17 states.
The decision to argue on behalf of St. Thomas Moore that “fetuses are not people” is an astounding reversal of the Catholic Church’s tenants of faith which clearly stipulates that “life begins at conception”. The position of the Catholic Church is unyielding when it comes to birth control and abortion as a matter of policy.
So why in the world would lawyers representing St. Thomas Moore argue that fetuses are not people?
The issue will not be going away soon as the Colorado Supreme Court is hearing arguments on both sides of the aisle regarding the matter.
The Catholic Bishops are getting involved and will be investigating whether the decision to argue an anti-Catholic position that fetuses are not people could damage or set a precedent for other legal proceedings in the future. The damage control could be extensive should the Colorado Supreme Court rule in favor of the Catholic lawyers that put forth the position that fetuses were not people.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/catholic-bishops-investigate-hospital-fetus_n_2546353.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003
The Colorado Supreme Court is scheduled to make a decision in the next two weeks on whether to accept the case as is or send it packing to a lower court’s call.