NEW INFORMATION: Catholic hospital asked to cut ties with doctor

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A La Crosse couple says they want a local Catholic hospital to sever ties with a doctor who they say performs abortions.

Leif and Karen Arvidson say Dr. Carl Rose advised them of the option of an abortion at a visit to Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse in 2012. Karen Arvidson also says she was told later she could have an abortion at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Franciscan Healthcare spokesman Rick Thiesse said Tuesday that Rose doesn't do abortions there.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, didn't directly respond to an inquiry about whether Rose performs abortions there.

Diocese of La Crosse guidelines say doctors cannot provide abortion services. Spokesman Jack Felsheim says there's no evidence that Rose violated those guidelines.

A message left at a home number listed in Rose's name was not immediately returned Tuesday.
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- The La Crosse Bishop says allegations that a doctor who works part-time at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare is recommending abortions is scandalous.

Leif and Karen Arvidson reportedly began regular pickets outside Mayo-Franciscan March 5, based on their contention that Dr. Carl Rose of Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota had advised an abortion in 2012. They want the hospital to stop working with Rose.

Neither the system nor the clinic has said whether Rose performs abortions.

The Arvidsons say Bishop William Callahan provided a statement June 24 he had given to hospital administrators, which said Catholic hospitals must not allow abortion services and counseling.

Mayo-Franciscan CEO Dr. Tim Johnson said they remain committed to care in accord with their Catholic mission and legal and medical obligations.


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