Lawyer for Catholic Health Intitiatives Tosses out Church Directives in Lawsuit Defense.

In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people | The Colorado Independent.

This legal maneuver doesn’t  enhance the public image of Catholic Health Initiatives, and you can bet that Obama’s vultures are circling.  It appears from reports that Lori Stodghill lost her life at Thomas More Hospital in Canon City due to a pulmonary embolism which led to a massive heart attack.  Her two unborn babies also died, and  the current lawsuit argues that this need not have happened.  Dr. Pelham Staples, the  hospital’s obstetrician on call did not answer his pager, for reasons unspecified in the reports.

The surprise inside this case is the lawyer, proffering a defense that the babies are not legal persons, and therefore are not protected by Colorado malpractice statutes.  Lawyer Jason Langley argued that the court “should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two unborn fetuses.”

This kind of defense is not a good idea for Catholic Health Initiatives for a number of ethical reasons.   It could also cost their member institutions  more in philanthropic contributions than the cost of losing the Stodghill lawsuit.

It also undermines any Catholic objections to the HHS mandate.  Obama’s team must be laughing themselves silly to see such a bad maneuver by this significant group of  ideological opponents.

Is this battle worth losing the war?



Pelosi on Abortion: Foaming at the Mouth Again

Steve Ertelt grabbed this bit of video of Pelosi commenting on the latest attempt to defund abortion and protect conscientious health care professionals, being addressed in Congress.

Nancy is frothing at the mouth with more intensity than usual, fueled possibly by the cognitive dissonance in her mind. Nancy professes some connection with Catholicism, which expressly states that the killings of humans by abortion are wrong. It is up close and personal for Pelosi, who wants these procedures available for her daughters. Living inside the head of this woman would not be pleasant.

From Nancy’s mind to yours, (4/20/07) decrying the upreme Court decision to uphold the ban of partial birth abortion:
“This isn’t really an abortion issue. That is what really saddens me about what the justices said.

“This is about a procedure that any parent would want her daughter to have access to if she needed it.
And to frame it as an abortion issue is doing a disservice to medicine and to our young women and our country. So I hope we can get the focus back on the fact that this Supreme Court is deciding what medical procedures are necessary for child-bearing women.”

Pharmer invites Pelosi to present a single medical case in which any procedure of carving up a human in utero is necessary specifically to save the life of a mother.

Don’t hold your breath for a response.

Appeals Court Upholds Pro-Life Pastor’s Free Speech Rights |

Appeals Court Upholds Pro-Life Pastor’s Free Speech Rights |

Rev. Walter Hoye, has won a unanimous decision from the Leftie 9th Circuit court against the city of Oakland, CA which had been persecuting him for offering abortion alternatives to women entering abortion clinics.  Oakland had been found to only prosecute those who approached women in the clinic bubble zones if they were trying to dissuade women from abortion, not if they were advocating abortions.

The 9th Circuit Court concluded that Oakland’s enforcement policy is a constitutionally invalid, content-based regulation of speech”.


Congratulations to Rev. Hoye for prevailing in his steadfast defense of life, for which he had endured much hardship, including prison time.

Meri Kurisumasu

Yes, it’s just fine to say MERRY CHRISTMAS! in Japan, so you shouldn’t have to worry about saying it in the U.S..

Christmas is sort of a special day for lovers in Japan, but is also celebrated in the homes. KFC has made itself a big niche for Christmas dinner, believe it or not.

The Obamas balked at displaying a nativity scene in the White house this year, but they are perfectly acceptable  in Japan.   It’s not necessary for them to be Christian to have curiosity and respect for the story of the birth of Jesus.   Below is one from Kokeshi designs.

While we’re wandering to Japan, to find religious tolerance of Christianity! here’s another look at Japan’s pro-life  Jikei hospital in Kumamoto prefecture.  They’ve got a crisis pregnancy hotline, and the stork baby hatch.

Taiji Hasuda, president of the Jikei hospital’s parent company,  brought forth the idea of this baby hatch, dubbed konotori no yurikago.  It is modeled after similar ones in Germany, as a means to reduce abortions, and prevent abandonment of babies in unsafe conditions.

Are any Japanese speakers finding the  cool homonym in Hasuda-san’s first name?

It’s Time to Get Real about Obamacare

Filling up the Pharmer’s email are huge numbers of requests from various pro life organizations to sign petitions  which demand removal of abortion from health care.

Very briefly, this is the explanation for an inability to sign on to most of these.

The premise from so many groups is that the problem of the democrat health care plans will be solved with language removing abortion funding from the bill.

People naively assume that removing funding will remove the abortion mandate.  This is not so.   Mothers will be coerced to abort unborn babies with untoward fetal diagnoses in any government run system, because  there will be the threat of no health coverage for such kids.   Health care professionals will still be coerced to participate in this and other unethical activity.   This is the reality in other socialized medicine systems which lack the funding for care of premature infants, and those with significant congenital disabilities.

Denial of care at other points in development, with respect to early diagnosis using imaging, severe illnesses, and terminal illness, is also a sad  reality in other government run health care systems, as well as the one planned for America.

Finally there is the problem of turning over our health care autonomy to an entity which is KNOWN to be CORRUPT.   This is not a smart move.   The control over our health care will be used by the government to control other aspects of our lives.

Sorry to the pro-life liberals,  Pharmer, (whose  insights stem from health care experience),  is ethically constrained from  signing on to any aspect of the killer-government controlled health care.

Prolife Picketers at Churches

There’s a discussion  at Jill Stanek’s Blog about prolife protesters who picket at churches, in order to  awaken a response to the abortion holocaust.

There has been a  vast body of writing  at online prolife  forums from  another most colorful   church picketer.    He is now deceased, but should not be forgotten.   The Pharm  search  division connects the dots and brings you  this 2002 article about Robert Ferguson.

Los Angeles Lay Catholic Mission | June 2002 | It’s a Lighthouse When We’re Standing Out There, by Christopher Zehnder.