Nun Excommunicated for Saving Mother's Life By Aborting 11-Week-Old Fetus

A Catholic nun and hospital administrator, Sister Margaret McBride, was on call when a pregnant mother of four children came to a Catholic hospital in Phoenix in critical condition in late 2009. Sister Margaret was part of a group that consulted official church teaching before approving life-saving procedures for the dying mother that resulted in the loss of an 11-week-old fetus. Bishop Olmstead of Phoenix, Arizona, who oversees the diocese in which this took place, heard about it months later and immediately excommunicated Sr. Margaret and anyone else associated with the decision or the medical measures taken. The nun was also demoted. Here is how the story unfolded. ...more

This is such a mess in the way it has been reported that I can't even begin to untangle it any ...more