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Catholic hospitals betray mission
Wikileaks ^ | 6/15/08 | Wikileaks

Posted on 06/20/2008 8:07:35 AM PDT by Tolkien

In a study of hospital discharge data for the State of Texas, whistleblowing Catholic medical researchers found that Catholic hospitals reported at least 9,684 cases of sterilizations and 39 legally induced abortions from 2000-2003. While sterilizations and abortions are legal in the United States, they are considered immoral by the Catholic Church and many Catholics.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; catholiccollege; catholiccolleges; catholichospitals; hospitals; sterilizations; wikileaks
I know I may be attacked for posting this but so be it. The Catholic Church needs to come down hard to stop this.
1 posted on 06/20/2008 8:07:35 AM PDT by Tolkien
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To: Tolkien
The Catholic Church needs to come down hard to stop this.

This Catholic couldn't agree more.

2 posted on 06/20/2008 8:11:02 AM PDT by mockingbyrd (peace begins in the womb)
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To: Tolkien
Some more research may need to be done.

An hysterectomy is a sterilizing procedure, but not immoral if medically necessary.

Likewise, performing an abortion on an already-deceased-from-natural-causes unborn child is also sometimes medically necessary.

Perhaps these were abortions of live children or perhaps they are running a vasectomy factory - but the data needs to be analyzed properly.

3 posted on 06/20/2008 8:13:16 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: wideawake

I agree. More research on this before anything else.

4 posted on 06/20/2008 8:15:07 AM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: Tolkien

They just had a case in West Virginia (I believe) where Catholic Charities sent a 16 yr old Guatemalan girl off for an abortion. The bishops have, of course, “issued a statement.” But no heads have rolled, to my knowledge.

Catholic Charities is a left-wing group that pays no attention to Catholic teaching. Many of the hospital boards and management are the same way, and because they receive federal money for abortion and sterilization, it’s fine with them.

Nothing’s going to happen until the bishops fire people, if those people are under their command, or sever ties with the institutions if they wont punish these employees and change their policies.

5 posted on 06/20/2008 8:15:19 AM PDT by livius
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To: Tolkien

The Catholic hospitals are too addicted to government transfer payments to stop this.

6 posted on 06/20/2008 8:18:59 AM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: mockingbyrd
"This Catholic couldn't agree more."

This one, too. Having served for nearly a decade on the board of our local Catholic hospital, I can tell you this is an aberation and the local bishop needs to get on the ball. From time to time the non-Catholic doctors would start to press the tubal ligation case. So their secular minds could grasp it, I'd try to explain it with a baseball analogy....the American League allows the Designated Hitter and the National League doesn't....that's the way it is, and that's the way it's going to stay. You want to be a Designated Hitter, you better go play in the American League....period.

7 posted on 06/20/2008 8:22:57 AM PDT by Reo
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To: Tolkien

“9,684 cases of sterilizations “... more details are needed.

Hysterectomy is the second most common surgery for women in the US and I’ve never heard that it is ever done for reasons other than medical necessity (add overectomy to that as well). Are they listing ovo/hysterectomies with sterilizations?

8 posted on 06/20/2008 8:26:42 AM PDT by Varda (the Philosopher and the Theologian view Creatures from Different Standpoints- Aquinas)
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To: Varda; Clemenza; livius; wideawake; mockingbyrd
Well, right behind reaching the lost with the Gospel, I think stopping abortions is next in line.IMHO.

What influence do all of you have on your diocese, if you're catholic, to do an investigation and, as one of you said fire the appropriate personal, and not find a scapegoat?

If these sterilizations were legitimate, then so be it.

Thank you.

9 posted on 06/20/2008 8:54:56 AM PDT by Tolkien (Another day, another 1.603 million miles around the sun.)
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To: livius

It was in Richmond, and the four employees involved have been fired.

10 posted on 06/20/2008 9:20:53 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

Good! One of the problems with Catholic Charities, in itself, is that its programs accept state monies, and sometimes I’m sure it’s pretty easy to just start accepting state standards in general.

11 posted on 06/20/2008 11:31:28 AM PDT by livius
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