Nun Excommunicated Over Allowing Life-Saving Abortion Given Honors

Last May, Sister Margaret McBride was “automatically excommunicated” from the Catholic community after approving a life-saving abortion at an Arizona Catholic hospital.

Now, six months later, the sister is receiving an award.  Call to Action, a Catholic group that believes in non-traditional Catholic stances like female priests, gay marriage and other issues considered anathema to the doctrine, has chosen to honor McBride for her stance. “Call To Action recognizes Sister Margaret’s careful work with a complex issue, her courage in a time of censorship and public pressure, and her witness to the need to stand firm in the face of opposition while striving to protect life in all its venues,” a group spokesperson said.

According to the bishop in charge of the hospital, McBride’s excommunication was automatic the moment she approved an abortion for a mother of three brought into the hospital with severe hypertension.  The condition, which becomes more dire in pregnant women due to additional blood in the body and other physical stresses, was already becoming unmanageable in her 11th week of pregnancy.

The hospital doctors decided to terminate the pregnancy, which Sister McBride agreed to as the religious representative involved.  But because the mother’s life wasn’t in direct danger at that moment, the termination was considered preventative and hence elective.  Abortion can only be performed in the Catholic faith if the mother’s life is in direct peril and the fetus is lost during intervention to save her life.

McBride reportedly has been allowed back into the church, having made her confession, which absolves her of the sin.  In the meantime, the church withdrew its Catholic sponsorship of the hospital.  Perhaps now women might have a chance to terminate a pregnancy before they put their own lives at risk.

 

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W. C
W. C11 months ago

Thank you.

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William C
William C11 months ago

Thanks.

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James merritt jr6 years ago

Thank you.

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James merritt jr6 years ago

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James merritt jr6 years ago

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Tierney G.
Tierney G7 years ago

Monica K nailed it. I am an ex-catholic notice the EXpart and proud to have left for good.

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Carolyn B.
Carolyn R7 years ago

Such a shame that she'd *want* to go back into the belly of the beast. She confessed and was absolved of the "sin" of allowing doctors to save a woman's life?!? SICK!!!! How the monotheists can even tell their god from their devil is a big mystery to me, they both seem hell-bent on destroying all that is best in humanity, causing maximum degradation, suffering & woe.

I was baptized as an infant, and as an adult had them remove me from their "book of life" (hahaha) I wanted them to excommunicate me, but they wouldn't do it, or even tell me what I could do to get excommunicated.

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Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy7 years ago

I think God will understand even if the Church does not. A brave woman and a religious that I would be proud to know.

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Dave Broscombe
Dave Broscombe7 years ago

This is so stupid we have catholic priests molesting young children and they cant gey a handle on it.
A nun saves a womans life and she gets ex comunicaited for it Personally I would give the nun an award for her actions knowing that it was against her failth probably knowing her punishment prior to saving this womans life.
It just goes to show just how corrupt the priesthood has become from the pope on down through the entire male section of that church.
And they wonder why people are turning away from organised religeon shame on them all .

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Monica K.
Monica K7 years ago

A 'Catholic woman' makes about as much sense as a 'Republican hispanic' - I guess some people just don't mind being abused. And before you get all abusive, I know what I'm talking about, my family on both sides has been Catholic since at least the 16th century. The Catholic church hates and fears women, it always has and it always will. They, however, are not alone in this, most organized religion sees women as the source of all sin, the seducers, the traffickers with the devil, the ones who must be kept under control so that they don't lead men away from the 'path of righteousness'. Delude yourself as you will, if you're a woman, your church doesn't love you.

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