In Arizona, Bishop Olmstead called a press conference to announce that staff at a Catholic hospital are automatically excommunicated if they value the life of a living, breathing, educated wife and mother over 9-week-old embryo. Without doubt, they saved a woman’s life by ending an 11-week pregnancy. The cat-licks won’t tell you this, but a woman is officially two weeks pregnant when the sperm hits the egg.
Helloooo? If an embryo is killing a woman, it has to go: wittingly or not, it is harming her. It was not a choice between the embryo and the woman: it was a choice between the embryo dying or the embryo and the woman dying.
Read all about it at Skeptic Money, which asks the right question: Why on earth do women stay in that church? The only answer must be childhood brainwashing.
There’s a good comment by a reader, at the Orlando Sentinel.
Nowadays, “excommunicated” might as well mean “lost my cell phone”, with surprisingly small bearing on the perception of a personal connection to God.I don’t think the Catholic Church is helping their case or their cause by putting their “position” up against medical necessity. And using A Really Big Brush to tar and feather anyone within “innocent bystander” range (”Hey, what do YOU think?”; “Sure, medically necessary”; ZZZzzapp, “YOU are OUTAHERE, too!”) may open a few more eyes to a basic ‘unreality’ being perpetuated here…
Thomas Olmstead is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.