Last fall, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona and Sister Margaret Mary McBride made international news after the Catholic Church severed its ties with the hospital and excommunicated Sister McBride after they performed a life-saving abortion for a patient. A new poll reveals that 72% of Catholics in the Phoenix area believe that Sister McBride made the right decision in choosing to save the woman’s life.
The new poll doesn’t surprise me, considering that another recent poll revealed that approximately 98% of Catholic women use some form of birth control, despite the Vatican’s opposition. It just goes to show that you can’t paint pictures with broad brushes, and that a nuanced discussion of religion and reproductive rights is necessary if you want to truly understand someone’s point of view. (For more discussion of the intersection of faith and feminism, check out this interview with Marissa Valeri from Catholics for Choice.)
What’s your opinion? Did Sister McBride make the right decision? Should St. Joseph’s Hospital appeal their removal from the national Catholic health care association? I’d love to hear your point of view.