"Proportionate reasons?"


Some 'Catholic' hospitals offer preterm induction of labor at very early gestational ages for babies known to have lethal birth defects.
My understanding of 'proportionate reasons' for preterm induction is that they should be the same, regardless of the presence or absence of fetal anomalies. For example, a mom with worsening pre-eclampsia may need to have her baby delivered earlier than full-term, or risk losing both baby and mother. A mom with real (not gestational!) diabetes ditto. Babies with anencephaly rarely initiate spontaneous labor 'on-time' and inducing them after 37 weeks is not unreasonable.
Some one needs to talk to these hospital ethics committees about the true meaning and intent of the standards for Catholic hospitals.

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