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May 10, 2014 7:21 PM by Ila Mar - imar@kristv.com

Religious Beliefs at Center of Hospital Protest

CORPUS CHRISTI - Abortion is often a very controversial issue. This mother's day weekend, abortion protestors are on the streets, spreading the word about their beliefs on abortion and how it ties to a local hospital.

Christus Spohn hospital, a Catholic medical center, allows admitting privileges to patients of Dr. Eduardo Aquino who runs the only abortion clinic in town. Meaning, if a woman has an abortion and needs medical attention, Dr. Aquino sends them to Christus Spohn Memorial to recieve care.

A new state law requires Dr. Aquino to be granted admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of his practice. Otherwise, he would no longer be able to practice. Since the law took effect on November 1st, about a dozen Texas abortion clinics were forced to shut down.

Protestors say, because the hospital allows admitting privileges to those women, it is contradicting their ultimate mission of saving lives.

"The biggest issue is the fact that they do claim to be christian and catholic, and yet they're walking hypocritically according to what they state by enabling abortion," said Pastor of Sovereign Grace Community Church, Daniel Sem.

The protest was organized by members of the Sovereign Grace Community Church. Sem wants to get the word out to the community about what they say goes on inside the hospital doors.

"We've found, surprisingly, a lot of people, including Catholics, who support the ministry of Spohn, had no idea that this hospital is actually providing admitting privileges to Dr. Edwardo Aquino who is the only abortion doctor left in town here," said Sem.

Sems wife, Krystal even brought their kids to the protest. She says children understand more about the issue than people realize, and their kids don't feel it's right.

"We've explained to them that there are reasons that women choose to have their babies aborted and killed, and that makes them sad," said Krystal Sed.

Protestors believe Christus Spohn is enabling abortions by providing care to women who get them. Ultimately, the protestors hope Christus Spohn will change its policies.

"It's a moral issue; it's not a legal issue. And we urge them and plead with them to obey god rather than man, in this regard. And help end the taking of life in our city," said Daniel Sem.

In a statement from Christus Spohn, they say their hospital is committed to protecting the value of all life, and does not perform abortions. If Spohn hospital discontinues their admitting privileges to Dr. Aquino, he could be shut down.

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