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January 2013

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Sister Margaret Mary McBride, RSM is the Vice President of Organizational Outreach at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Sister McBride is a Sister of Mercy who received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is a board member of Mercy Hospital Bakersfield, Hospice of the Valley and Southwest Catholic Health Network (Mercy Care Plan). In November 2009, Sister McBride was latae sententiae (automatically) excommunicated for her decision to approve a life-saving abortion for a 27-year-old mother suffering from pulmonary hypertension. Sister McBride has since won the 2011 Call To Action Leadership Award for her strength and conviction in dealing with this complex issue. The excommunication of Sister McBride was reversed on December 8, 2011.


This is a preprint of an article published as "Sister McBride, Margaret" in Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster, & Jane E. Sloan (Eds.). (2013). The multimedia encyclopedia of women in today's world. (2nd ed., Vols. 1-4). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781452270388 available at:



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The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World.