US hospital apologises in twins row6 February 2013
A Catholic hospital group in the US said on Monday it was "morally wrong" to have argued foetuses are not people in order to defend itself against a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado.
Catholic Health Initiatives said it will instead use other legal theories in the case, Reuters reported.
The legal defence the hospital group has since disavowed stems from a malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jeremy Stodghill in the 2006 deaths of his wife, Lori, who was seven months pregnant, and the couple's unborn twins, at St Thomas More Hospital & Medical Center in Canon City, Colorado.
The hospital group was widely criticised when it emerged last month that its lawyers had successfully argued the claims on behalf of the unborn twins should be dismissed under a Colorado law that says foetuses do not have legal status.
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