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Hospital Defies Bishop on Abortion

PHOENIX (CN) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix stripped St. Joseph's Hospital of its church affiliation for performing an abortion to save a woman's life, but the hospital said it will continue to provide life-saving abortion, if needed, despite the bishop's rebuke.

"Morally, ethically, and legally we simply cannot stand by and let someone die whose life we might be able to save," St. Joseph's Hospital, of Phoenix, said in a statement.

St. Joseph's said it provided a life-saving abortion to a mother of four in November 2009. Bishop Thomas Olmsted demanded that the hospital acknowledge that it had erred, and take steps to see that it would never happen again. But the hospital refused to do that.

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