Denver, CO – 2/4/13 – While researching the scandal of the Catholic Health Initiatives legal briefs which denied the personhood of unborn children, Personhood USA has learned that the same Colorado hospital chain may be allowing or participating in abortions on the Catholic hospital grounds.
In November of 2010, a woman suffering a miscarriage sought treatment at Four Corners OB/GYN, which is located at Mercy Regional (listed as a CHI hospital) in Durango, Colorado. While recovering, and still grieving after losing her baby, the woman was billed for an elective abortion by Mercy Regional Lab. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, sent documentation verifying her claims to Personhood USA.
After receiving the bill, the woman’s health insurance provider declined to pay, as elective abortions are not covered by their insurance policy.
The evidence indicates that CHI may be selling or allowing abortion services, and may have been doing so for years. This new information comes just weeks after a CHI legal brief made headlines. The brief denied culpability in a medical malpractice suit, claiming that unborn twins who died while in CHI’s care were not people.
“On top of the devastation of losing my baby, I am being sued by an aggressive collection agency for not paying for an abortion that never happened,” explained the woman. “It is horrible to have to deal with their attorney, and fight a battle against a big hospital for erroneous charges, when I’m still dealing with the pain of the death of my child. It’s just wrong.”
Catholic Health Initiatives had already been immersed in abortion scandal since allowing privileges to Durango abortionist Richard Grossman, who serves on the ethics board there and is the longest serving physician at Mercy Hospital with full admitting privileges. There is also an established link between CHI and abortion profiteer Stericycle.
“There is no question that Catholic Health Initiatives’ actions are contrary to the beliefs of the Catholic Church,” confirmed Gualberto GarciaJones, J.D., legal analyst for Personhood USA. “There must be an immediate investigation into the possibility that CHI is killing children in their hospitals. Among many other steps that must be taken, these businesses should at the very least cease their ruthless pursuit of payment from this woman and her family. This is an outrageous breach of the trust. It is unacceptable for any health care facility to put dollars before human lives.”