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Bishop voices opinion in hospital abortion issue

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW/AP) - The La Crosse Bishop says allegations that a doctor who works part-time at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare is recommending abortions is scandalous.

The La Crosse Tribune reports Leif and Karen Arvidson began regular pickets outside Mayo-Franciscan March 5, based on their contention that Dr. Carl Rose of Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota had advised an abortion in 2012. They want the hospital to stop working with Rose.

Neither the system nor the clinic has said whether Rose performs abortions.

The Arvidsons say Bishop William Callahan provided a statement June 24 he had given to hospital administrators, which said Catholic hospitals must not allow abortion services and counseling.

Mayo-Franciscan CEO Dr. Tim Johnson said they remain committed to care in accord with their Catholic mission and legal and medical obligations.

Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare released a statement to WXOW that said:

“The organization is very appreciative of the Bishop’s support of the Catholic hospital in La Crosse and its benefit to the community,” said Tim Johnson, M.D., CEO of Franciscan Healthcare, “and the dialogue we’ve been able to have with him on this issue over the last several months. We also appreciate the guidance we have received from our sponsors, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.”

Franciscan Healthcare remains committed to compassionate, high-quality health care for all of our patients in accord with its Catholic mission and our legal and medical obligations. We look forward to continued dialogue with Bishop Callahan and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

In a statement from the Diocese of La Crosse sent out to area media Tuesday stated:

Catholic healthcare in the Diocese of La Crosse is a way that God’s plan for our lives is made real at times of joy and sorrow. Catholic hospitals, founded and run by the sponsorship of religious communities, maintain Catholic principles demonstrated through their medical practices.

“Everyone who seeks care from any of the Catholic hospitals in the Diocese of La Crosse gives each institution and their founding sponsors the chance to show how the Divine Physician’s guidance leads and directs their practices,” said Bishop William P. Callahan.

Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, founded on Catholic principles and maintained by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, has a long history of providing healthcare that closely follows the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) as set forth by the bishops of the United States. It has been through the constant prayer and guidance of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration that the Catholic identity of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare has been overseen and protected for over 130 years.

The diocese trusts in the faithful and long-standing Catholic tradition of support and maintenance for Catholic healthcare. We are convinced that all parties will continue to work towards the common goals that support the ideals of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and the teachings of the Church regarding Catholic healthcare.

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