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Catholic Hospitals Face Ideological Conflict

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Catholic Hospitals Face Ideological Conflict

Catholic Hospitals Face Ideological Conflict

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Catholic hospitals are examining the implications of Pope John Paul II's recent statement on feeding tubes. The pontiff said, in effect, that pulling the feeding tube from a patient in a permanent vegetative state is equivalent to euthanasia. NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports.