A faith-based hospital system is standing by its decision to fire a doctor who attempted to help a patient commit suicide.
Dr. Barbara Morris was fired August 26 after she joined with her patient, Cornelius "Neil" Mahoney, in filing a state lawsuit alleging Centura Health's faith-based policy violates a Colorado state law allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminal patients.
According to Kaiser Health News, Mahoney has terminal cancer.
Centura Health operates numerous hospitals, clinics, and urgent care centers in Colorado and a portion of Kansas.
“We extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities,” reads the company’s mission statement.
A spokesperson for Centura Health tells OneNewsNow that Colorado’s law, the End of Life Option Act, allows health care providers to “opt out” of its requirement, and that is what the company has done based on Centura’s belief to “promote and defend the sacredness of every human life."
The spokesperson, Wendy Forbes, went on to say that Centura Health stands behind the First Amendment and in particular the freedom of religion that is afforded to every American.
"There are no adequate words to express how sorry we feel about Mr. Mahoney's terminal diagnosis," Forbes said a statement. "Centura is a community of respect, love, and support for patients and their families at every stage of life, including when they're facing suffering and the reality of death."
News of Dr. Morris's firing has also been covered by The Denver Post and The Christian Post.