Chicago Catholic hospital will halt abortions-in-progress

Chicago Catholic hospital will halt abortions-in-progress February 10, 2011

And it’s one of the few hospitals in the country offering to intervene during an abortion.


A Chicago medical center has become one of the nation’s first Roman Catholic hospitals to adopt a practice of halting second-trimester abortions for women who change their minds after the multiday medical procedure has begun.

Working with two anti-abortion groups, Resurrection Medical Center, the largest hospital of one of Chicago’s largest Catholic health care systems, has put in place a practice that when a woman arrives in the emergency room with an activist seeking to stop a second-trimester abortion, she should be treated immediately. Since October, four women have arrived at the hospital seeking to halt their abortions, and three of them had their abortions stopped.

Members of the anti-abortion alliance — made up of the hospital, the Pro-Life Action League and The Women’s Center — tout the practice as a model for all Catholic hospitals. The hospitals have been under the microscope since December, when the bishop of Phoenix stripped one facility of its Catholic affiliation because doctors there terminated a pregnancy to save the life of the mother.

Resurrection’s decision to work with activists to halt abortions, which is unprecedented in the Chicago area, is “part of who we are,” said Sister Donna Marie Wolowicki, Resurrection’s chief executive officer. “Catholic health care is to reach out to people and help them in their need. Of course, it’s vital to be true to the ethics we believe in. Holding life sacred is a big piece of what we believe.”

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4 responses to “Chicago Catholic hospital will halt abortions-in-progress”

  1. The abortion is not perfomed at the Catholic hospital. It is perfomed elsewhere.

    Sometimes women change their minds during the abortion, but little can be done to prevent the death of the child once the process has been started. Women who change their minds can now go to this Catholic hospital and they will work to save the child.

  2. Don’t think I have ever heard of this being done before. Interesting. I just hope that the woman who decides during the procedure to try and stop it, can take care of the baby she had decided to not have. Obviously this it the medication abortion procedure, not the one done as surgery.

  3. Pagansister, like you, I hope the baby is taken care of after he or she is born. And if the mother and father are unwilling or unable to do it, thankfully, there are dozens of adoption agencies with thousands of families that would love and care for each of these beautiful babies for the rest off their lives.

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