Because Catholics can not do that. They can not do it because of the implications of Catholic teaching and because of the ethical directives in place.
Abortion or induced labor absolutely can be lifesavers, which is why people have had to resort to suing Catholic hospital systems in an attempt to force them to change their policies. Many women have suffered painful, unnecessarily extended miscarriages resulting in infections and surgeries because Catholic hospitals refuse to induce labor, transfer women to a hospital that will, or even tell them that’s an option.
Many women? I presume Catholic hospitals must deal with a lot of women with cases of miscarriage, and I’ve heard of very few cases where there have been lawsuits. Why would the Directives in place cause such suffering? According to the following, the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare, in regards to cases of acute chorioamnionitis, “The ERDs do not prohibit early induction in these cases of acute chorioamnionitis as it does not constitute a direct abortion.”
There can be a failure of care in any hospital, non-Catholic or Catholic, but that doesn’t mean the Catholic Directives have anything to do with this.
The Dublin Declaration has been signed by over one thousand medical professionals and it declares, “As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion – the purposeful destruction of the unborn child – is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.
We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion, and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child.
We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.”