German rape victim ‘turned away by Catholic hospitals over pregnancy fears’

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Irmgard Maiworm, an emergency centre doctor, first treated the 25-year-old woman when she walked into the centre in the early hours of December 15 saying that she believed that she had been sedated with a date-rape drug and sexually assaulted.

Dr Maiworm called the neighbouring St Vincent’s Hospital, run by the Catholic Foundation of the Cellites, to arrange a gynaecological examination – but she said doctors “fearful of their jobs” refused the request.

According to Dr Maiworm, the hospital’s ethics committee, following consultation with Archbishop of Cologne Cardinal Joachim Meisner, had decided not to conduct examinations of sexual assault victims to avoid having to be in the position to recommend options such as the morning-after pill, which run contrary to Catholic teachings.

Another hospital run by the same organisation also refused to help, Dr Maiworm claimed.

“Is repeatedly refusing to treat someone who is probably traumatised the moral thing to do? What kind of morality is this?” the doctor was quoted as saying in the German newspaper Westdeutsche Zeitung. “This, to me, is like the Church of the Middle Ages.”

Written By: Matthew Day
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34 COMMENTS

  1. @OP – According to Dr Maiworm, the hospital’s ethics committee, following consultation with Archbishop of Cologne Cardinal Joachim Meisner, had decided not to conduct examinations of sexual assault victims to avoid having to be in the position to recommend options such as the morning-after pill, which run contrary to Catholic teachings.

    So if you want real medical treatment where they consult doctors, and adhere to the Hippocratic Oath, – don’t go to a Catholic hospital where they consult archbishops on your medical requirements!

    I trust the lady had the good sense to go to a pharmacist for a morning-after pill, and then on to look for real doctors who behave ethically, (ie. without a RCC-sheeple brain disability!)

  2. In reply to #2 by Alan4discussion:

    @OP – According to Dr Maiworm, the hospital’s ethics committee, following consultation with Archbishop of Cologne Cardinal Joachim Meisner, had decided not to conduct examinations of sexual assault victims to avoid having to be in the position to recommend options such as the morning-after pill, which run contrary to Catholic teachings.

    So if you want real medical treatment where they consult doctors, and adhere to the Hippocratic Oath, – don’t go to a Catholic hospital where they consult archbishops on your medical requirements!

    Someone who has been sexually assaulted isn’t going to be real selective when deciding which hospital to go to. She is going to go to the first one she can find and she has the right to expect appropriate care.

  3. “This, to me, is like the Church of the Middle Ages.”
    And, this is shocking to you? Everything about the church comes from the middle ages. The church is from BEFORE the middle ages, for pasta’s sake!!! This, regretfully, is not surprising.

  4. In reply to #4 by Red Dog:

    In reply to #2 by Alan4discussion:

    Someone who has been sexually assaulted isn’t going to be real selective when deciding which hospital to go to. She is going to go to the first one she can find and she has the right to expect appropriate care.

    Well, I guess she learned her lesson then.

  5. simply disgusting theres no other word for it. even if she decided Not to have an abortion or morning after pill (her choice), they re still denying her medicl treatment on the grounds she MIGHT want those options, without checking first. And why the hell are hospitals being run by faith based organisations in the first place. i know nothing about the health care system in germany, but assumed it was a uk nhs type system, i guess i was wrong.

  6. In reply to #7 by hellosnackbar:

    Das ist wesentlich religioes Gehirnverletzung(religious brain injury)
    Dogma trumping common sense to the point of immorality.
    Archbishop Meisner needs a kick up the arse.

    If it wasn’t for the fact he is a Catholic Bishop, I might have thought he had had a kick in the head!

    tgdaily.com/parietal/48383-brain-damage-makes-people-more-spiritual

    It would be a lot easier than converting the Godless: a quick bash at the right bit of the brain, and they could be as religious and righteous as you.

    New research into brain-damaged patients has shown that damage to the left and right posterior parietal regions brings on spiritual feelings.

  7. This is no misunderstanding. Catholic doctrine often interferes in health care. A couple of years ago in Australia the Victorian Catholic Archbishop threatened to close their hospitals if the state lengthened the legal abortion limit to 22 weeks. They have shown time and again their willingness to threaten and thrown their weight around, I have no doubt that this is the case here.

    Trouble with their dogma is they undermine their own case. I have some sympathy for an unwillingness to do late term abortions unless the mothers life is at risk. It would be made much simpler for them if they didn’t use the ensoulment at conception dogma. From an ethical point of view you could make an argument based upon when a mind and therefore suffering is possible, but equating every sperm as a potential human life as Aquinas did is clearly ridiculous and makes everyone with working testicles guilty of tremendous mass murder whether they have a wank, use a condom or not. It also makes the rhythm method pure hypocrisy. When millions of potential sperm die in your testes every day doesn’t god see through selectively abstaining from sex throughout the cycle?

  8. Dr Maiworm called the neighbouring St Vincent’s Hospital, run by the Catholic Foundation of the Cellites, to arrange a gynaecological examination – but she said doctors “fearful of their jobs” refused the request.

    Another hospital run by the same organisation also refused to help, Dr Maiworm claimed.

    Stung by the allegations, which have received widespread coverage in the German media, both the Cellites Foundation and the Cologne archdiocese denied Catholic hospitals had been instructed to turn away rape victims.

    The Cellites Foundation said that a “misunderstanding” had led to the woman being turned away, and that an internal enquiry was underway to find out what had happened.

    No. One hospital turning her away might be a misunderstanding. When two run by the same organisation do it, that’s policy. These people lie as easily as most of us breathe.

    One of the reasons cited for refusing this woman treatment was that the physicians might be expected to recommend the morning-after pill, against Catholic teaching. Well, what about the other type of morning-after pill, the post-exposure prophylaxis, in this case Zidovudine, given to those who may have come into contact with the HIV virus? This drug is effective in preventing contraction of the disease but only if it’s administered within a fairly short period. After that, too bad. Date-rape drugs do a number on a person’s ability to perceive time, as these physicians must have been aware, so they would have known the clock was ticking and any treatment must begin as soon as possible.

    Hell, even in the American South during segregation if a black person was brought into a whites-only hospital bleeding out, they’d save his life and patch him up before transferring him. Has the Catholic Church been responsible for the spread of so much AIDS in the world that it and its satellites have become nonchalant about the whole business?

  9. Not sure about German law, but it is my understanding that it is standard procedure to collect possible DNA evidence at the time of examination. Not only is the archbishop’s opinion barbaric, but it aids a possible criminal.

  10. Here’s an idea: Everyone here send this article to your local rape crisis center and the local TV station. Ask if they can find out local Catholic hospital policies and whether or not this could happen locally. Tell them you would be thankful if they could report this to the community.

  11. My personal anecdote is not serious like this story, but when I had my vasectomy it had to be done privately in a doctor’s rooms rather than at the hospital where he worked because it was a Catholic hospital. They refused to allow such operations on their premises.

  12. Hey, they may have refused to provide this woman with medical treatment, but at least they didn’t ask her to not to wear a necklace. Had they done so, she could’ve taken them straight to the European Court of Human Rights.

  13. In reply to #19 by This Is Not A Meme:

    Can we start throwing rocks at them now?

    First, my aim is horrible. Second, they would still be here, the sanctimonious scheisskopfs.

    This is what I had in mind for anyone interfering with a woman and her reproductive health – a one-way ticket to oblivion.

  14. In reply to #2 by Alan4discussion:
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    I trust the lady had the good sense to go to a pharmacist for a morning-after pill

    That is if she could find one who would not “not dispense on moral grounds”.

  15. The picture of the cardinal tells you all you need to know. Severe, hard, cold, uncaring, scheming, judgemental… . And that’s just the face. The clasped hands and the absurdly pompous ‘look at me’ regalia just reinforce the impression. These evil bigots are not concerned with the welfare of decent people. All they are interested in is exercising their control over people and inflicting their perverted dogma on those who want to lead normal fulfilling lives. A mind capable of accepting the prospect of decades of celibacy, a mind capable of total rejection of a the prospect of a normal human relationship with a partner is essentially a sick mind to start with. Years of austere, empty lying adherence to a frankly sinister dogma inflict further damage on already suspect personalities who then go on to rape children. And we let these people run organisations such as hospitals which are no doubt funded by public money. There is something seriously wrong here. We don’t want or need these parasites controlling vital services such as hospitals and schools. Nor should we allow then to inflict global damage by their criminal denial of contraception to those who need it most – those who live in poor already overpopulated, hungry aids ridden countries. The rcc needs to be consigned to history so we can look back with disgust and wonder why we it befoul the society it leeched off for so long.

  16. Perhaps the the Hippocratic Oath should have a cause which states, “Anyone who neglects their ethical studies at medical school, and is too illiterate to understand the Hippocratic Oath – without special interpretations from medically unqualified priests or bishops, should be considered unfit to practise until they have resat the ethics section of their medical training course, and demonstrated they are capable of following it”. – With disciplinary action / striking off those wilfully ignoring the requirements.

  17. But wait everyone….These are the very ones that are in fear of their jobs because of homosexual marriage. THEY are the persecuted ones. What a pile of contradictory shit. How can you allow your own rules to run counter to themselves and then enforce them? CLUSTERFUCK.

  18. I trust the lady had the good sense to go to a pharmacist for a morning-after pill, and then on to look for real doctors who behave ethically, (ie. without a RCC-sheeple brain disability!)

    Sadly, you need a prescription from your GP for that. If he/she isn’t an ass he/she will make an emergency appointment, so that taking the ma-pill won’t be useless.

  19. The RCC’s attitude continues to amaze me. Unlike the crew of the Titanic, they know the iceberg is there, – Holy Joe and others have referred to it often enough, but they still steer straight for it ! No doubt the onboard theologians advising Holy Joe will comfort him with advice such as: “Yes, your Holiness, we realise that it looks like an iceberg, but it hasn’t got the essence of an iceberg, it is something less than an iceberg, in the meantime we should be discussing the sinfulness of taking pills and the wearing of condoms”.

    I just hope Jesus doesn’t intervene to save the RCC !

  20. I am surprised that this abominable organisation manages to commit such antihuman acts in the commision of their policies on a near daily basis and manages to survive in spite of it. There must be no limits to human stupidity in order for people to put up with it.

  21. More evidence that, even in Germany, the stupids are winning.

    Even in their own origin story, Jesus of Nazareth helped and cured every person presented to him WITHOUT PASSING JUDGEMENT.

    In Germany, do they still take a percent out of your paycheck to support the church of your choice as long as it is Lutheran or Catholic?

  22. In reply to #29 by Vorlund:

    I am surprised that this abominable organisation manages to commit such antihuman acts in the commision of their policies on a near daily basis and manages to survive in spite of it. There must be no limits to human stupidity in order for people to put up with it.

    The outrage has long stopped residing only in the Church’s past and continuing criminal history. The outrage now rests squarely with secular humanist democracies (yes, that would be us) who still allow these vile organizations to exist and continue vandalizing decency, reason, and people’s lives.

    Consider this little known fact on how obscene it gets: in Germany government levies a tax known as the Kirchensteuer (church tax) on behalf of the churches. Billions of Euros annually.

    It’s time to revive the Inquisition. But this time with the perpetrators of the original one at the receiving end of it.

  23. In reply to #23 by TerryStokeB:

    The picture of the cardinal tells you all you need to know. Severe, hard, cold, uncaring, scheming, judgemental… . And that’s just the face. The clasped hands and the absurdly pompous ‘look at me’ regalia just reinforce the impression.

    Sorry, but this is just projection. As Duncan said in Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 4:

    “There’s no art/To find the mind’s construction in the face.”

    In other words, you can’t tell how good or bad someone is simply by studying their features. Take away the zucchetto, the folded hands and the rest of the ecclesiastical garb from Cardinal Meisner and all you’re left with is a bespectacled middle-aged man.

    It’s tempting to think we can see discern someone’s character by sight alone – if one looks at an image of Hitler, for example, evil seems to emanate from it.✡

    Similarly, whenever there’s a story in the paper about somebody killed before their time, they sometimes seem to me to have a doomed look about them in the accompanying photograph. Their eyes announce the tragedy about to befall them. But it’s an illusion.

    All this stuff is based on what we already know about the people involved. Without any back story to accompany it, a photo reveals nothing about its subject’s temperament or disposition.

    I liked the rest of your comment, it was just this bit that rankled.

    ✡ Same thing with Noel Edmonds.

  24. he primary perpetrator of premeditated rape carried out by conscious dry ring with KO and sexual rape of the 25 year old woman in Cologne should be identified, tried and punished by the Court in our democratic system based on the German Constitution1 and

    Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

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    There are – unfortunately – more offenders in the chain of this conscious dry ring and sexual and physical and psychological rape of this young woman in Cologne by the offender! It is made by the following.

    Raped a woman or girl is at risk of infection with the HIV virus – which causes AIDS – and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), including the too – not in all cases be cured – Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).

    In recent years Global Revelations of Sexual Abuse of Boys in the Roman Catholic Church (but not only there), has shown that boys and men sexually and mentally abused by priests and other (Roman Catholic) church staff (m / v)

    Also a man or a boy runs the risk of being infected with the HIV virus – which causes AIDS – and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), including the too – not in all cases be cured – Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).

    Also, the board of both the two Roman Catholic Clinics in Keuien – with AUTHORISATION OF THE GOVERNMENT and State aid and funding from your insurance premiums are financed – and the doctors and other professionals in eg the two Roman Catholic Clinics in Cologne should be actively pursued by the Public Prosecution Service of Germany.

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  25. In reply to #14 by Katy Cordeth:

    Dr Maiworm called the neighbouring St Vincent’s Hospital, run by the Catholic Foundation of the Cellites, to arrange a gynaecological examination – but she said doctors “fearful of their jobs” refused the request.

    Another hospital run by the same organisation also refused to help, Dr Maiworm claimed.

    Stung by the allegations, which have received widespread coverage in the German media, both the Cellites Foundation and the Cologne archdiocese denied Catholic hospitals had been instructed to turn away rape victims.

    The Cellites Foundation said that a “misunderstanding” had led to the woman being turned away, and that an internal enquiry was underway to find out what had happened.

    No. One hospital turning her away might be a misunderstanding. When two run by the same organisation do it, that’s policy. These people lie as easily as most of us breathe.

    One of the reasons cited for refusing this woman treatment was that the physicians might be expected to recommend the morning-after pill, against Catholic teaching. Well, what about the other type of morning-after pill, the post-exposure prophylaxis, in this case Zidovudine, given to those who may have come into contact with the HIV virus? This drug is effective in preventing contraction of the disease but only if it’s administered within a fairly short period. After that, too bad. Date-rape drugs do a number on a person’s ability to perceive time, as these physicians must have been aware, so they would have known the clock was ticking and any treatment must begin as soon as possible.

    Hell, even in the American South during segregation if a black person was brought into a whites-only hospital bleeding out, they’d save his life and patch him up before transferring him. Has the Catholic Church been responsible for the spread of so much AIDS in the world that it and its satellites have become nonchalant about the whole business?

    I agree with you on PEP in case of HIV; The risc of Hepatites C isn’t examined by the two Clinics in Köln which have 1 Board who accept RC teaching…
    In my opinion this is a case of Public Financing by German Government and Private premiumgmoney for healthinsurance (both citizens money) under German Law/Grundgesetz en EU Law, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

    The Roman Catholic Church teaching is infiltrating policy under German as mentioned. The Theocracy policy of all three parts of The Tiara ( ‘Holy See, Vatican City and Pope) and all her institutions governing here on German Soil with her laws,opinions and regulations. Without any possibility for democracy.
    A contradiction in Terminus in gorverning and also in respect of Human Rights under German Law. Not to mention, that why I mention it: Lucas10 : 25-34, The Parable of the Good Samaritan.

    This theoracy must be rejected with the power of Simson in a democratic manner.

    The policy of Rome is bankrupt is it ethics and teachings, as one can see in this case in Köln in all its aspects.
    I See the past in presence acting and we conn’t say “Wir haben ess Nicht Gewüsst” (Mgr. Simonis NL) on abuse cases of childern..

    In Köln you can see the disfunctioning of the ring of abuse of power and religion.

    This abuse should be brought to Justice in Germany with the first offender. the rapist. The other offenders in Koln – as mentioned – following that first sheep are the doctors in Medicin, Nurses, Staff e.o. in two Klinike in Köln, the Bisshop, Cardinal, Nuntius and mentioned Tiara.

    The 25 year old girl – it could also be a boy – is raped, abused, not only sexualy and psychologicaly and her and mine in human rights is bruttaly offended and raped by the Roman Catholic Church directly and indirecty.

    Action and support to stop this theocracy policy in a Democracy as Germany is of great importance.

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