A nun and administrator at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix was reassigned and rebuked by the Bishop for approving of a direct abortion to save the life of a pregnant woman. More disturbingly, the ethics committee of the hospital and the hospital vice president approved of the direct abortion.
The Bishop of the diocese had this to say:
"I am gravely concerned by the fact that an abortion was performed several months ago in a Catholic hospital in this diocese," Olmsted said in a statement sent to The Arizona Republic. "I am further concerned by the hospital's statement that the termination of a human life was necessary to treat the mother's underlying medical condition.
"An unborn child is not a disease. While medical professionals should certainly try to save a pregnant mother's life, the means by which they do it can never be by directly killing her unborn child. The end does not justify the means."
Olmsted added that if a Catholic "formally cooperates" in an abortion, he or she is automatically excommunicated.
Direct abortion, even for the purpose of saving the life of the mother is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral.
Indirect abortion refers to the medical treatment of a disease, such as cancer, which hs the unintended consequence of the death of the prenatal. Indirect abortion is sometimes moral.