Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Kaiser Health News reports growing tension between conscience-based objection rights that Catholic healthcare facilities have under state law and those they have under federal law.
This week, Centura Health terminated Dr. Barbara Morris, 65, a geriatrician with 40 years of experience, who had planned to help her patient, Neil Mahoney, 64, end his life at his home. Mahoney, who has terminal cancer, is eligible to use the 2016 Colorado End of Life Options Act.
Morris and Mahoney had filed a lawsuit alleging that Centura’s faith-based policy violates the law that allows doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to dying patients who want to end their own lives. Centura removed the lawsuit to federal court, arguing the relief sought raises federal constitutional and statutory issues.