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Analysis Of A Critical Situation

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Analysis of a Critical Regulatory Issue in Health Care
Alfreda Bostick
HCS/430
December 5, 2011
Lori Lewellen

Analysis of a Critical Regulatory Issue in Health Care
There are many types of critical regulatory issues that trouble the medical field. Never has anything been more important that the critical regulatory issue been more important than dealing with life or death. When a situation of this nature arises, a person must follow his or her own morals. The case of a woman that is 11 weeks pregnant desiring immediate health care involves an entire hospitals religious beliefs for her life makes the decision that more difficult. This paper is going to assess a situation of this ...view middle of the document...

McBride was a key member of the hospital’s ethics board. Back on November, 2009, she gathered with doctors to discuss this young woman’s situation. In the end, McBride chose to authorize an emergency abortion to save this woman’s life. This decision forced McBride out of her job and out of the Catholic Church (Harris, 2010).
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is affiliated with the Catholic Church and faced a lot of questions over the abortion, which happened in November, 2009. Sister Margaret Mary McBride was the hospital’s vice president of mission integration, a member of the committee, including patients and doctors who made the decision for the abortion to save the ladies life. McBride okayed the abortion and because of the Catholic Church beliefs she was reassigned to new duties (Ertett, 2010).
The decision of giving this woman an abortion to save her life drew some sharp remarks from Bishop Thomas J. Olmstead, who is the head of the Phoenix Diocese, indicated the woman was “automatically excommunicated” because of the abortion. The Catholic Church forbids abortion in all circumstances and allows the termination of a pregnancy only as a secondary effect of other treatments, such as radiation, or a cancerous uterus (Harris, 2010).
According to the medical directives that the hospital follows, abortion is defined as the directly intended termination of pregnancy, and it is not permitted under any circumstances, even to save the mother’s life. On the other hand, a second directive says that “operations, treatments, and medications that have as their direct purpose the cure of a proportionately serious pathological condition of a pregnant woman are permitted, even if they will result in the death of an unborn child (St. Joseph’s, 2010).”
The St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center said they always have adhered to...

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