DENVER—It was a startling assertion that
seemed an about-face from church doctrine: A Catholic hospital arguing
in a Colorado court that twin fetuses that died in its care were not,
under state law, human beings.
When the two-year-old court filing
surfaced last month, it triggered an avalanche of criticism—because the
legal argument seemed to plainly clash with the church's centuries-old
stance that life begins at conception.
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