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Kristof cites a report issued by the National Women's Law Center that quotes physicians at Catholic-affiliated hospitals as saying that church doctrine sometimes compels them to "provide substandard care to women with miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies in ways that can leave the women infertile or even endanger their lives." Kristof writes, "[T]his battle illuminates two rival religious approaches, within the Catholic church and any spiritual tradition. One approach focuses upon dogma, sanctity, rules and the punishment of sinners. The other exalts compassion for the needy and mercy for sinners -- and, perhaps, above all, inclusiveness." He adds, "If you look at Bishop Olmsted and Sister Margaret as the protagonists in this battle, one of them truly seems to me to have emulated the life of Jesus," arguing, "it's not the bishop, who has spent much of his adult life as a Vatican bureaucrat climbing the career ladder" but rather Sister Margaret and many other nuns and employees of Catholic hospitals who have "toiled for decades on behalf of the neediest and sickest among us" (Kristof, New York Times, 1/26).
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