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Lawyers’ Argument Hypocritical

By David Peel

As a Christian injury lawyer, I am often asked if I have to take legal positions that I am morally opposed to. Fortunately, I limit my practice to serious injury cases that I believe in.

Sometimes, lawyers do argue legal points that are against their personal interest or against their own client’s perspectives.

Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of a Catholic Health Care provider that allegedly is responsible for three deaths due to medical malpractice.

In Colorado, a 31-year-old expectant mother, some 28 weeks pregnant with twins, reportedly presented at a Catholic hospital emergency room in distress. She died while in the lobby of the hospital. Her twins were unable to be saved. She left a husband and a two year old.

Understandably, the widower and now single father sued the hospital for wrongful death by medical malpractice of his wife and his twins.

Then came the shocker: the hospital’s attorneys took the position that an embryo is not a person until it is born alive. They based this on well-established state law, but almost two thousand years of Catholic tradition and the clear teaching of the Bible contradicted it. “Life begins at conception,” according to the Catholic Church, but maybe not when it costs them money.

It gets even worse. After losing the suit on various grounds, the hospital and doctors then sued the single father for over $118,000 in attorney fees. This chain of hospitals is worth about $15 billion. They reportedly attempted to take a portion of his income directly from his job, called a “garnishment.” This income is how he supported his daughter. Then they tried to get him to drop his appeals, but he would not. They reportedly forced him into bankruptcy, as he tried to support his daughter.

Its own documents state that its mission is to “nurture the healing ministry of the Church” and to be guided by “fidelity to the Gospel.” This matter is on appeal to the state Supreme Court.

What would Jesus do?

Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through wherein other articles may be accessed.

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