It is hard to make long-distance determinations about the facts of a case when those facts are sketchy.
That said, a reader sent the following:
Just a bit of medical knowledge related to the abortion/Phoenix scandal:I spoke with the head of Ethics/Chief Medical Officer at my place of work on the issue. He-a retired Ob/Gyn surgeon and Catholic/pro-life-stated after ~5000 deliveries he personally performed and overeeing more as an administrator at Catholic hospitals, never has he seen a case where a mother was in danger of losing her life with an abortion as the answer. [Guess there is case 5001, but it doesn't look good for those who prescribe abortion, does it?] In the recent case-to his limited knowledge on the said situation-the doctors could have gotten her through a few more weeks and decided which was a safer place for the life: in the womb or in an intensive care unit. Again, he cannot imagine in his experience that an abortion would even help the mother-and even if id could, you still do not perform [it]. (I am not even sure if an action of “double effect” could be done, like, for example, with an ectopic pregnancy.)It’s diffiult once people know you are Catholic-they usually only see their individual rights! I am very tired-but extremely glad-to defend Mother Church.
If there are some Catholic physicians reading, they might chime in.