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Pro-lifers demand Catholic hospital in Wisconsin sack doctor with alleged abortion ties

July 08, 2014

Pro-life protestors in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, are demanding that a Catholic hospital sever its ties with a doctor who allegedly recommended an abortion.

The protestors, led by Leif and Karen Arvidson, charge that Dr. Carl Rose, who is a part-time staff member at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, counseled a patient to have an abortion during a troubled pregnancy. Neither the doctor nor the health-care system would forthrightly answer questions as to whether Dr. Rose performed abortions—although the LaCrosse diocese emphasized that no abortions were performed at that institution.

After meeting with Bishop William Callahan of LaCrosse, the Arvidsons reported that the bishop had provided them with a copy of a statement he had given to administrators of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare. In that statement the bishop said that “recent concerns regarding the association of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare with possible abortion counseling or referral is scandalous.”

Bishop Callahan called upon hospital administrators to ensure that they were in compliance with Church teachings regarding ethical procedures in medicine. Representatives of the hospital said that they were working with the bishop toward that goal.


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