Freethought Today · March 2013

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In the News

Mormons sponsor most Boy Scout troops

According to the Feb. 4 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Boy Scouts’ decision whether to accept gays would affect many churches. About 70% of Scout troops are sponsored by churches. The three largest religious sponsors are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (37,000 units), the Methodist Church (11,000 units) and the Catholic Church (8,000 units). The most outspoken criticism of the proposed change has come from Baptist churches (4,000 units).


Own attorney causes church fetal pain

Catholic Health Initiatives and St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, Colo., said Feb. 4 it was morally wrong for their attorneys to defend a malpractice case in the death of unborn twins by arguing Colorado law doesn’t consider fetuses to be persons, the Denver Post reported. CHI operates 170 health facilities in 17 states.

The state’s three Catholic bishops called for a review of litigation over the death of Lori Stodghill. She died while seven months pregnant with twin sons on Jan. 1, 2006. Stodghill’s husband, Jeremy, filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging the on-call obstetrician didn’t answer a page and didn’t tell the emergency room staff to perform a caesarean section, the Colorado Independent reported Jan. 23

Lori Stodghill, 31, died less than an hour after arriving at the hospital when a pulmonary artery became blocked, causing a heart attack. The twins died in her womb.

Attorney Jason Langley argued in a defense brief that the court “should not overturn the longstanding 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.”

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