LA CROSSE, Wis. (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.