Sister Margaret McBride, a member of the ethics board of the Catholic St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, gave her approval for an abortion of an 11-week old fetus with no cerebral cortex when doctors made it clear to her that the very sick young woman carrying the pregnancy would die without it. It should go without saying that if a pregnant woman carrying an 11-week old fetus dies, the fetus will die with her. The sick young woman asked doctors to perform the abortion. For following the woman’s wishes and saving her life by allowing the abortion to be provided, Bishop Thomas Olmstead of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix had McBride excommunicated from the church.
Said the spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix:
There are some situations where the mother may in fact die along with her child… but there are certain things that we don’t really have a choice.
The medical staff and administration of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center stood by McBride, supported her decision, refused to fire her and instead moved her to another job in the hospital. For this, the Diocese of Phoenix has expelled the hospital itself from the Catholic order.