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Church corrects lawyers who claimed fetus not entitled to legal protection - Denver

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
February 4th, 2013
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Catholic Health Initiates and St. Thomas More Hospital have made an important acknowledgement, stating that it was morally wrong for their attorneys to present a defense that violates Catholic teaching. The attorneys claimed in their suit, representing the Catholic institutions, that an unborn child was merely a fetus and not covered under the law.

DENVER, CO (Catholic Online) - The argument shocked Catholics and others alike and promoted a public outcry. Lawyers defending the Catholic Health Initiatives and St. Thomas More Hospital in Colorado, argued that two unborn children that perished with their mother were not entitled to legal protection because they were unborn.

The lawyers are defending the hospital from a wrongful death suit brought by the death of Lori Stodghill, 31, back in 2006. Stodghill was seven months pregnant when she and her children died.

Under Colorado law, the lawyer's claims are legally correct, however they violate the scientific and doctrinal truth that life begins at the moment of conception.

The case has been appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court and lawyers have promised not to raise the argument in defense of the hospital because of its inherently false implications.

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