I am so pleased to see this initiative:
A Chicago medical center has become one of the nation’s first Roman Catholic hospitals to adopt a practice of halting second-trimester abortions for women who change their minds after the multiday medical procedure has begun.
The chance to stop a second-trimester abortion exists because it is a two- or three-day procedure. On the first day, doctors insert a dilator, often bundles of dried seaweed called laminaria, to soften a woman’s cervix. The woman returns a second day so doctors either can insert more laminaria or another dilator, or remove the fetus and complete the abortion.
If a woman changes her mind after the dilator has been inserted and seeks to reverse the process, doctors can remove the laminaria. Ideally, the cervix will close naturally so the pregnancy can continue. But that’s not always the case. [Chicago Tribune]
There are some important details included in the full article, but the basic point remains that one Catholic hospital in America is letting women know that they are *always* there for them to save their child if they have second-thoughts about having an abortion.
I hope other Catholic hospitals look into emulating this policy.