I am ok with them not aborting the baby if they don't believe it to be the right thing to do. But as Drs, they should have informed her of what was happening.
Everyone seems to be missing the fact that this hospital was the only hospital in her entire county. I'm sure someone will decide that she *should* have driven how ever many miles it took to go to another hospital in another county (even though many public hospitals require people to be a resident of the county), and if she didn't have a car she *should* have hopped on a bus for XX number of hours with her water running down her leg and labor pains starting, and if there was no bus service available she *should* have simply gone home like the hospital said and waited for god to either (a) deliver her stillborn child or (b) kill them both.
Bottom line, this hospital violated the sanctity of the "do no harm" premise by refusing to properly care for a woman who was in obvious distress, and not making arrangements for her to get the care she so desperately needed when they themselves refused to provide it. There's no freaking excuse for this. None.
If a hospital cannot keep all its medical options open then it's not fit to practice medicine.
There should only be one standard for hospitals. A "Catholic" hospital is likely not practicing proper medicine as defined by the College of Physicians.
A hospital should provide equal care for everyone. That does not mean that the staff should be forced to do things against their beliefs. However, I emphatically state that nobody should be forced to do things against their beliefs.
A doctor or nurse or other personnel can refuse to do procedures if they feel their faith forbids them.
But a hospital, especially the only one in a county, should be prepared to treat everyone. They should have enough staff prepared to handle any procedure.
Hospitals, like schools and government, should be secular. Treatment should be secular.
Everyone is born a homo sapiens sapiens but not everyone is a human. -RW
Practitioners and institutions can have their values and no one should take that away from them, I'd like to hear from her physician in order to have a fair judgement on the case.
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
3 years to file suit? Smells like BS to me...