Screwy Catholic Church Axes Nun Who OK'd Abortion It saved mom's life, but church doesn't care By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 20, 2010 2:01 PM CDT 73 comments Comments The Catholic Church has excommunicated a nun because she approved an abortion to save a mother's life. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File) (Newser) – News that the Catholic Church has excommunicated a nun because she approved an abortion to save a mother's life (see NPR's story here) doesn't make much sense to a blogger at Feministe. The nun, an administrator at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix, apparently was supposed to let this woman die as a matter of righteousness. "Sometimes the ends do justify the means," she writes. "I understand that sometimes Morality Is Hard, but this should not be." This is a hospital, after all, and it doesn't make sense that it "adheres to a religiously-based morality system that disallows legal treatments to prevent death or physical harm. ... If your 'pro-life' views require that both a mother and a fetus die when it’s perfectly possible to save the mother, perhaps you should re-consider your moral judgment skills."