Publicly Funded Killing
Nurses denounce infanticides at Puerto Rican hospital

.- At least 52 nurses from the maternity ward at the Hospital Universitario in San Juan announced this week they would no longer assist at abortion procedures there because of disagreements over the macabre methods that are used.

The newspaper El Visitante published an interview with a spokeswoman for the nurses, who said they decided to oppose the procedures after the hospital issued its “Protocol for Terminating Pregnancies,” which outlines methods for performing abortion.

The Hospital Universitario provides services to patients with multiple traumas or conditions that cannot be treated at other facilities and functions with public monies, and although abortion is not illegal, the US Supreme Court has ruled that states—including US territories—are not required to “enter into the business of abortion” and that there is no right to government assistance for abortion.

The spokeswoman for the nurses pointed out that nonetheless the number of abortions at the publicly funded Hospital Universitario has increased and that an estimated one hundred babies have been killed there in the last two years.

“Two or three years ago there were very few cases.  We were told that the patient had already initiated an abortion before arriving at the hospital.  Later we discovered that was not the case and that they were being admitted to have an abortion,” she said.

The hospital’s Protocol on abortion procedures includes a list of “feticides” that can be used to kill the baby in utero beyond the fourth month of pregnancy.  One of the more common methods is the administration of the drug Cytotec, which provokes contractions and the expulsion of the baby.  “Do you know what it’s like to see the baby moving his little feet and hands and not to be able to do anything?” the nurse said. She said because the babies are still underdeveloped they cannot survive outside the womb, and they are often left exposed until they die of asphyxiation.

Another practice used at the hospital is the injection of the drug Digoxin into the heart of the unborn baby, to cause death through cardiac arrest.  The baby is then suctioned out of the womb.  While hospital procedures say this method should be used for abortions at 18 weeks or less, the nurse spokesman said they have seen the method used on women who are 26 weeks or six months pregnant.

The list of feticides also includes potassium chloride, a drug commonly used in the lethal injection of death row prisoners and for euthanizing pets.  The solution causes cardiac arrest, but death penalty opponents have pointed out that because it causes severe pain veterinarians are required to sedate animals before administering it.

The nurse spokesman said many abortions are performed because of “health reasons” or because of rape or incest.  “Sometimes we talk to these women and they tell us that in reality they were not raped, but rather they had problems with the child’s father and could not have the baby now,” she said.

She said most of the doctors at the hospital also do not agree with the policies, and that the hospital has plans to hire other doctors and nurses who will carry out the abortions.  The new personnel, she added, “would be paid with public funds.”

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon

Liturgical Calendar

July 28, 2014

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 13: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 31-35

Saint of the Day

St. Victor I, Pope »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: