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Phoenix Catholic hospital: Doctor lauds nun who approved abortion

May 18, 2010

A prominent doctor at a Phoenix Catholic hospital is publicily lauding the nun who helped approve an abortion that took place there in late 2009. The hospital's ethics committee, on which the nun-- a hospital vice president-- served deemed it necessary to kill the unborn child in order to save the life of the mother.

“Sister Margaret McBride is a courageous, valued member of the St. Joseph Hospital medical team and deserves our unfailing support and gratitude,” writes Dr. John Garvie, chief of gastroenterology at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

“Let me assure all that there is no finer defender of life at our hospital than Sister McBride. Everyone I know considers Sister Margaret to be the moral conscience of the hospital.”

“What she did was something very few are asked to do; namely, to make a life-and-death decision with the full recognition that in order to save one life, another life must be sacrificed.”


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  • Posted by: Jim.K - May. 19, 2010 1:29 PM ET USA

    Why are this Nun and doctors still employed at the hospital? Why are any of the same people on the "Etics Committee"? Why did the hospital administrator issue a statement justifying the evil deed? are the responsible persons excommunicated or not? Were others (e.g., nurses) given advance warning and allowed the freedom of conscince to not participate in the surgery? Bishop -- please take more public decisive actions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Posted by: Father Fetus - May. 18, 2010 10:58 PM ET USA

    There is a finer defender of life than Sister McBride: Bishop Thomas Olmsted.

  • Posted by: Hal - May. 18, 2010 12:02 PM ET USA

    I will say it again: the "Catholic" health care system exists in name only. There is little about these hospitals and the sisters who seem in most every case to run them with secular executives, that can remotely be called "Catholic" any more. It is another scandal, unrecognized and unaddressed.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - May. 18, 2010 7:49 AM ET USA

    The same was said of Caiaphas.

  • Posted by: Eagle - May. 18, 2010 7:47 AM ET USA

    Sounds like Caiaphas to me: "Better for one man to die than the people".