Here’s how it goes:
A woman suffering a miscarriage goes to a Catholic hospital after her doctor tells her she needs a dilation and curettage (D&C) to stop the bleeding. Her doctor, afraid of attracting attention from the hospital’s Ethics Board, gives her a blood transfusion instead and sends her home to wait it out.
Twelve hours later, still bleeding, she’s back in the hospital. The hospital refuses to treat her for another seven hours, performing three or four ultrasounds to determine the fetus is dead - apparently, there’s plenty of time for religious technicalities when a woman is bleeding and risks deadly infection. She gets a second transfusion carrying antigens that put her next pregnancy at risk for sudden fetal death, and only then does she get the D&C to complete her miscarriage.
Her second pregnancy, thankfully, made it to term. However, thanks to the hospital’s incompetence, waiting to deliver spontaneously was too risky. She had to undergo a second C-section, which is a major abdominal surgery with its own risks and a long recovery time - not exactly ideal for a new mother of two.
Religious restrictions on health care put patients’ lives in danger. This is not moral or ethical. This is not good health care. This is shameful.