March 18, 2007

Stop Abortions at Regions Hospital

At Mass this morning there was an insert in our bulletin from Brian Gibson, Executive Director, of Pro-Life Action Ministries (PLAM). PLAM, through their SaveHealthPartners effort, is collecting signatures to present to HealthPartners at their annual meeting in April.

HealthPartners owns Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Abortions are being conducted at Regions by University of Minnesota OB/GYN residents in the "GYN Special Services" unit. 733 babies were killed here in 2005.

HealthPartners is one of the area's largest insurers.

PLAM is asking for signatures as well as prayer to assist their effort. There is an online petition on their website

PLAM would like signatures no later than March 31st.

Please take a moment and help save lives.

Cross posted to Stella Borealis blog


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for this post. You are a good source of news for me about pro-life issues in the Twin Cities.

I'm truly saddened to read about what's happening at Regions Hospital. I did my residency there in Family Medicine when it was known as St. Paul/Ramsey Medical Center. I delivered many babies there and have truly fond memories of the staff and administration.

Looking back, I'm sure abortions were being done at the hospital back then, but due to my own lack of faith, it just wasn't something I was paying any attention to.

I can share this with you. When I was pregnant with my first child, I was finishing up my residency and it was an unexpected pregnancy. One day I found brochures from an abortion clinic on my desk, left by a fellow resident. Apparently, he assumed that I would have an abortion because this pregnancy was inconvenient to me (his assumption) and came at a time when I would be starting my medical career.

Since I wasn't actively pro-life at that time and a Catholic in name only, I now believe it was only through the grace of God that I have my 12 year-old daughter with me today. I too could have so easily fallen into the mentality that it was too inconvient to be pregnant and I would have to give up too much to have this child.

I had a similar experience with my second pregnancy. This time, after an abnormal AFP test the genetic counselor at United Hospital and my doctor urged me to have an abortion because the test indicated that my baby will have a chromosomal abnormality that will be "inconsistent with life." We scheduled an amnio and this was normal. My second daughter is now 10 years old and bursting with life!!

I still pray for that doctor and that genetic counselor. Now I will pray for the doctors and administration at Regions Hospital and my former employer HealthPartners.

I now live in Connecticut and after my third daughter was born I returned back to the Church. This daughter has Down Syndrome and we knew about it while I was pregnant. As expected, we were encouraged to abort. This time it didn't come from doctors as much as from family.

Each of these experiences I had while pregnant sent me on a spiritual journey for truth. That Truth was always with me I just silenced it in the past.

Once I made the decision to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church I knew I had to change the way I practice medicine. I am opening a pro-life medical practice in a few months, the first of its kind in this state.

I encourage everyone to pray for doctors, nurses and hospital administrators that they say "No" to the culture of death that so permeates our health system and embrace the culture of life, not only in their personal lives, but their professional lives as well.

Judy M.

March 20, 2007 12:39 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Judy: God Bless You for your LIVED pro-life experience. It's one thing to talk about (or blog about) it, it's another to actually do it.

Thank you for sharing your story.

March 20, 2007 2:20 PM  
Blogger bearing said...

I didn't know that HealthPartners was this deeply involved in abortion until the campaign started Sunday. It is rather hidden, isn't it?

Our children's pediatricians are practitioners at one of the HP clinics. I don't know how else to put it --- the doctors there, and the clinic, are fantastic. We could almost not ask for anything better in a full service clinic. We switched to a pro-life, NFP only physician for scheduled well-child type visits, but our experience with HP has been nothing but good when it comes to urgent care, illness, the need for lab work, things like that.

So finding this out has really, to put it bluntly, pissed me off. I keep casting about for a way I can keep both my kids' pediatrician and the great clinic and my self-respect, and not finding one. I realize that this betrays less concern for the unborn and more self-centeredness than I maybe wanted to display. :-P

I guess I need some resolve if the right thing to do is to stop doing business with HP entirely. Could use a little cheerleading.

March 22, 2007 11:27 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

bearing: You will probably hate this answer but it's the first thing that came to me: "Let your well-formed conscience be your guide"

Pray on it too. Maybe you could talk to some other Moms at your parish and see where they go.

March 23, 2007 7:46 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

bearing: I forgot to say:

I don't blame you for feeling conflicted. I'm sure you will do what is best and right for you and your kids. I know your daughter has been very ill so it's a scary decision to make right now.

I would check around with some Catholic Moms you know and see if they can recommend another doctor.

March 23, 2007 7:49 AM  

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