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Arnold wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What is the official Catholic Church position, if any, on the widely discussed issue of obstetric violence which means the various mistreatment of women and possibly babies during hospitalized labour and birth by doctors and nurses?
  • Should the Catholic Church speak out against it (or has it ever)?


  { What is the official Church position, if any, on the widely discussed issue of obstetric violence? }

Paul replied:

Arnold —

I must admit the term obstetric violence is new to me.

It does seem apropos, though, with regard to our abortion culture. The Church speaks against unjust violence of any kind by upholding the fifth Commandment, which extends to include all unjust physical and verbal violence. While bioethics is certainly an area of concern for the Church, she cannot speak out on every injustice as it occurs.

The bottom line is women and children need to be loved and respected, particularly in their most vulnerable moments of life.



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