by Steven Ertelt
November 30, 2007
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) — Doctors at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, a suburb of Denver, Colorado, are upset that the hospital will be sold to a Catholic medical facility that does not allow abortions. Exempla Lutheran currently does abortions but Sisters of Charity Leavenworth Health System is purchasing the facility and will cancel them.
The physicians issued a statement on Thursday saying they object to the sale and transfer of control because abortions won’t be offered afterwards.
Dr. Carla Murphy, president of the Exempla Lutheran medical staff, told the Denver Post that doctors are upset that a community hospital supposedly will no longer serve the community by not doing abortions.
"For more than a hundred years, Lutheran has served the entire community," Murphy said. "What might be appropriate for a Catholic hospital serving a predominantly Catholic population is not appropriate for a community hospital."
She claimed several doctors would leave the hospital if the sale is finalized.
State law requires the Attorney General John Suthers to approve the transfer of assets and he has until December 30 to do so. The physicians have launched an effort to persuade him to deny the transfer.
The controversy comes as Planned Parenthood has upset pro-life advocates in Colorado by engaging in a secret process to build a new abortion center in Denver.
Planned Parenthood purchased the land it’s using to build the new abortion center from United Airlines.
During the approval process for starting the building project, Iowa-based contractor Weitz Company listed United as the owner of the property to hide Planned Parenthood’s ownership of the land.
Planned Parenthood set up a front group called Fuller 38 to set up all of the operations.