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Posted on 12/26/2010 7:58:37 PM PST by Libloather
Feds asked to ensure Catholic hospitals follow law
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked federal health officials to ensure that Catholic hospitals provide emergency reproductive care to pregnant women.
By Rob Stein
The Washington Post
Originally published Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 10:00 PM
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday asked federal health officials to ensure that Catholic hospitals provide emergency reproductive care to pregnant women, saying the refusal by religiously affiliated hospitals to provide abortion and other services is an increasing problem.
In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the ACLU cited the case of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, which was stripped of its Catholic status Tuesday because doctors performed an abortion on a woman with a life-threatening complication.
"We continue to applaud St. Joseph's for doing what is right by standing up for women's health and complying with federal law," five ACLU attorneys wrote in a letter to Donald Berwick, the CMS administrator, and his deputy. "But this confrontation never should have happened in the first place, because no hospital religious or otherwise should be prohibited from saving women's lives and from following federal law."
The letter was a follow-up to a complaint the ACLU sent in July asking for investigation of similar issues at Catholic hospitals across the country, including refusals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims or perform abortions on women having miscarriages.
"The dioceses cannot be permitted to dictate who lives and who dies in Catholic-owned hospitals," the letter states.
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This ACLU is getting to be an increasing pain in the a$$.
The Federal Government is the modern-day Tower of Babel.
How about if we Catholics pick up our assorted “implements of revol—er, restitution,” and abort the federal government? THAT would truly be an act of “reproductive care” ... we would then have saved America for future generations.
Don’t just remove the Catholic name, close them down entirely. Catholic hospitals are 1/4 of our health care system. If they want to play hardball, go Galt on them.
The ACLU is evil.
This of course great news for all socialist Catholics who voted for our socialist-in-chief. They should all be so proud with this news that now Catholic hospitals will be forced to murder the unborn.
It’s sad but so very true, we deserve the evil that is upopn us because we do nothing.
The ACLU is all about government force. Remember when they portrayed themselves as some kind of libertarian group?
It is so tiresome.
They also hate babies. Every ACLU member is a threat to every child in the womb. Somehow we have to figure out how to get a permanent restraining order on them so they cannot come within 1/4 mile of a pregnant woman without being subject to sanction.
ACLU = Anti Christian Lawyers Union
That statement is a complete oxymoron!
Can’t blame the Catholics if they choose to get out of the hospital biz altogether in the USA. This is vintage Obummer goonery.
Up yours ACLU. It is not a liberty to butcher nascent human life.
>> Cant blame the Catholics if they choose to get out of the hospital biz altogether in the USA.
This needs to be fought legitimately with the aid of every Pro-Life citizen in the Country.
Yeah, only moms who don’t want their kids can decide when it’s their time to die.
If the ACLU didn’t have its own head so far up its own ass, they would see the humungous hypocrisy in their own statements. Maybe even if they viewed their statements as coming from a conservative group, they’d rip their own statements to shreds.
Phoenix hospital that performed abortion no longer Catholic
I believe the names and addresses of the evil ACLU heirarchy and minions can be easily had. Anyone here who believes “something ought to really be done” about this anti-American organization with Marxist beginnings can quit bravely posting about it here and spend their time more productively in tangible solutions. Posting here accomplishes nothing.
As for the Catholic Church, they should sell every one of their hospitals if the ACLU pulls this off. My wife, a devout Catholic ER nurse at a Catholic hospital, would never betray her conscience for a pay check. She will quit the profession before acquiescing to Federally-ordered sin, and I think many others would as well.
Feds asked to ensure Catholic hospitals follow law by providing abortions on mothers of all future ACLU lawyers
The ACLU is using the government to impose a religious belief on Catholics. Atheism is a religious belief. Atheists can find no stronger argument for the non existence of God than Catholics and find an argument for his existence. In short believing in no God is a belief about religion. The government is violating the First Amendment by making laws based on ACLU beliefs on how Catholics are to run hospitals. It's clear the ACLU is against the First Amendment.
Catholics need to shut down every hospital, parochial school, adoption service, and charity and dump it on the federal government.
Then, at 24-30% of the population, they need to declare themselves a minority and start demanding everything they can from the government - jobs, promotions, affirmative action, school admissions, tax exemptions, reparations for all the bigotry and discrimination of the past by the Klan, the Know Nothings, etc. etc.
What does abortion have to do with health care?
Since when is it federal law to force medical personnel to commit or assist in committing an abortion?
It’s always been a leftist pipe-dream to force medical personnel with consciences to commit abortion. But, so far, it is not law.
Anti-Christian Litigants’ Union
That would be well over 50%
Like a character in an atheist novel?
The idea here is to force Catholics to choose between following their religion or keeping their job. Many will choose their job. This is the liberals’ goal.
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Then they will be going after the Methodist hospitals too.
“Dont just remove the Catholic name, close them down entirely. Catholic hospitals are 1/4 of our health care system. If they want to play hardball, go Galt on them.”
If these illogical ‘thinkers’ get their way, there will be no more CATHOLIC hospitals and then the government will have to financially support what remains....completely.
“How come those who hate humanity for its faults are called humanists but those who love humanity for its virtues are called hate-mongers?” ...Oleg Atbashian
Closing Catholic hospitals would cause a “crisis” and the Feds will take them over like they were GM. Which was the plan all along.
We're headed for a showdown....
Notice that the left, at urging of their ideological “father” to be sure,
has picked a couple of issues where the accepted norm to be enforced by the state is in direct conflict with Christian teaching - abortion and homosexuality.
The objective is to criminalize Christian beliefs and persecute Christians to the point where there is no Christian influence in society.
Come Lord Jesus.
Im a Catholic. As far as Im concerned, much of what the Church is reaping in America, it sowed itself. Think “Kennedy Catholic.”. Or Pelosi. Or Biden. Or sebelius. Or napolitano. Just the few that come to mind with little effort.
In fact, most of what the Church is reaping in America is being done ti by Catholics. Can’t be whining about persecution yet.
No use “whining” about it, because we’ve been warned that it’s coming.
I was just stating that that is the objective of these issues.
Would Catholic Hospitals be exempt from Federal intervention is they did not accept Medicare/Medicaid patients?
The people who give money to ACLU are evil.
Some of their money comes from the courts when they win a case or get reimbursed for their costs.
They will someday be held accountable.
It's persecution whether it comes from hypocrites who claim to be of the household of faith, or from infidels with more integrity.
Let's see, it's allegedly none of my business when a pregnant woman wants to kill her unborn child. But if I were an OB/GYN or male nurse at a hospital, I could be forced to participate in this sordid "business."
As it is, the jackwagons at the ACLU want to have my tax money go to support abortions.
This generation made its deal with the devil. This generation gave Death Panels to itself.