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In wrongful-death lawsuit, Catholic hospital argues fetus is not a person

Catholic World News - January 24, 2013

A Catholic hospital in Colorado has argued in court that an unborn child should not be considered a “person” for purposes of a wrongful-death lawsuit.

In the case of a woman who died of a heart attack while pregnant with twins, a lawyer for St. Thomas More hospital called the court’s attention to “the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as it is used the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive.” In the wrongful-death case, the plaintiff had argued that while the mother’s life could not have been saved, doctors should have intervened to save the unborn baby twins.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 24, 2013 8:43 PM ET USA

    This is not terribly surprising, is it? Haven't we known for a while that money is the root of evil?

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jan. 24, 2013 7:22 PM ET USA

    It's a shame when one feels he has to use evil legal opinions to keep from paying out settlements. You watch--this will be used as a precedent by those wanting to force us to condone and pay for abortion.

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