Catholic hospitals 'turned rape victim away' over pregnancy fears
Published 19/01/2013 | 05:00
A rape victim in Germany was turned away by two Roman Catholic hospitals because they might have to advise her on what to do with an unwanted pregnancy, a doctor has claimed.
Dr Irmgard Maiworm first treated the 25-year-old woman when she walked into A&E on December 15 saying that she believed that she had been sedated with a date-rape drug and sexually assaulted.
Dr Maiworm called the nearby St Vincent's Hospital, run by the Catholic Foundation of the Cellites, to arrange a gynaecological examination but doctors "fearful of their jobs" refused, she said.
Another hospital run by the same group also refused to help. Dr Maiworm claimed the hospital, following consultation with the Diocese of Cologne, had decided not to examine sexual assault victims so as to avoid being in the position of having to recommend options such as the morning-after pill.
Both hospitals and the diocese denied the claims.