This is a mea culpa post. It could get really long, but actually, I don’t think that is necessary. A week ago I posted about the National Post article, on what is happening at St. Joseph’s hospital in London, Ontario, regarding early inductions for children diagnosed with things like anencephaly.
After getting all kinds of good information, through the site and through friends, I realize I was wrong.
So I would like to apologize to those at Lifesite who did the initial report. I’d also like to apologize to those who have had bad experiences with eugenic practices in our hospitals—poor treatment or no treatment for a baby deemed to be dying anyway—you certainly deserve a bit better from someone like me, who (generally speaking) can think things through and does better reading before posting.
In my defence: when I read the Charles Lewis piece, my main concern was for cases where the life of the mother is in grave danger should she carry the baby to term. I was led to believe that St. Joseph’s only induces to truly save the life of the mother.
This, however, would mark no conflict at all with Catholic teaching, as many Catholic friends have explained.
More to the point, this is not what is happening at St. Joseph’s.
So. There you go. I don’t believe Lifesite or other pro-lifers went overboard in this case—they drew attention to a morally illicit practice happening at a Catholic hospital under the guise of helping or saving the mother—and this should certainly not fall under our radar.by