There has recently been some controversy about the practices at a Catholic hospital in Ontario.
13 years ago, a woman named Nikki Cooke was encouraged by a hospital panel to abort her baby, who had Trisomy 18 for purely eugenic purposes, and she shared her story with LifeSite News.
She explained to London Bishop Ronald Fabbro in a chance meeting on January 20, 2009 that it was recommended that she terminate her pregnancy by a committee at the St. Joseph’s hospital, despite the fact that neither her life nor health were in danger. Eight days later Cooke wrote a lengthy letter to the bishop with a complete description of the circumstances of her experiences at the hospital.
The National Post article was published a full month after that conversation on February 20. In that article Fr. Prieur alleges that the procedure – early induction on babies with lethal fetal anomaly – is only undertaken when the health or life of the mother is at risk and Bishop Fabbro, in both a photo and statement for the article, appears to indicate full support for his chief ethicist.