Abortion Controversy at Mt. Sinai

by Ryan on July 27, 2009

in Bioethics,Culture,Law,Politics,Religion,Right to Life

A nurse, Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, was forced to assist in a late-term, partial-birth abortion procedure at Mt. Sinai hospital on May 24th, even though she was ethically opposed to the procedure, being a devout Catholic and niece to a Filipino bishop.  Invoking the conscience clause (which protects people like her from participating in things like this), she asked to be taken off the procedure.  They did not find a replacement, claiming the mother would die if the nurse did not assist – ultimately she had to choose between her job and participating in the partial-birth abortion.

Turns out that the “health of the mother” argument was medically weak (like it usually is) since the patient wasn’t even on basic medication for the condition she was experiencing.  It also turns out that the hospital had six-hours to find a replacement nurse for the procedure.  Plus, after filing a union grievance, she was denied access to her usual amounts of overtime — nurses are always needed for overtime.  Adding to that, Cenzon-DeCarlo has had constant nightmares since the procedure.  Thusly, the nurse has filled a suit against the hospital.

Here’s the issue from my point of view:  the hospital could have found a replacement, the nurse had a legitimate claim under the conscience clause, the patient was not being “abandoned” as the hospital claims, and the patient’s “health” was not in significant medical danger.

Does the Hippocratic Oath cover the child in utero?  To a devout Catholic like Cenzon-DeCarlo it absolutely does!  She’s had nightmares and lost opportunities at work because she felt that the unborn child had value and resisted taking part in the unwarranted termination of that life.  Will the conscience clause even be a part of a new Obamacare universe?  Not likely, since Obama himself wouldn’t mind ending the life of a child already born!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

jenny July 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Catherina is my classmate since grade school till high school. Some of us call her Nun for she is really religious and conservative. A well-mannered lady.
All of us Louisians, support her on this fight for her right.


Nolan Burton August 1, 2009 at 12:19 am

This story makes me sick and makes me wonder how anyone, anyone, could possibly support, (and some even defend), this horrible procedure. The nurse in this story was forced, yes forced, to witness the dismemberment abortion of a 22-month-old fetus and still has nightmares of babies lying in pools of blood in the hospital. I also do not comprehend how anyone could support a political party that defends this abomination.
By the way, our good president not only defends this policy but also fought to keep botched-abortion fetuses from being cared for as they were dying.
I also just watched a democrat strategist, with a smirk on her face, defend as “natural and normal” this type of abortion. I can’t believe it! Really, I just can’t believe it!


Nolan Burton August 1, 2009 at 12:32 am

Correction: The above comment should have read 22-weeks-old fetus (not months)…


rn at mt sinai December 17, 2009 at 11:20 pm

this does not surprise me at all.
mt sinai does not respect it’s nurses.

it is a corporation, afterall.
profit is the bottom line.
conditions on my unit have been very unsafe in the past.

i would avoid this “human factory”
bigger is not always better.


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