To: Mrs. Don-o
The NCBC objects strongly to state mandates, such as those passed by Connecticut and Massachusetts, that do not allow health care professionals and facilities to exercise their best medical judgment and which do not protect the consciences of all parties. We also object to state mandates that do not allow the victim of sexual assault to have all the information necessary for a medical intervention so that she might make an informed judgment. However, the NCBC understands the judgment of the Connecticut bishops that the administration of a contraceptive medication in the absence of an ovulation test is not an intrinsically evil act. However, it is immoral to violate ones conscience, including the corporate consciences of health care agencies, and the unwillingness of the state to allow an exemption of conscience makes the law unjust and onerous.
Please read this. In my reading, it seems to affirm that the Bishops have been placed in a "no man's land" by the State which has no purview here as it violates our religion. In that sense, it does not "throw them under the bus" as most reports do.
The Catholic Medical Association is likely to follow a similar line of reasoning. The CMA uses the NCBC for many of its positions, and Fr. Tad is well known as a spokesman inside the Church on stem cell issues.
Please read this carefully, Mrs. Don-o. It places things in context and the position it takes is against a law which does not allow medical doctors to demand a test for ovulation before giving this drug. That would resolve the most hideous issues. That is a key part of what is reprehensible to my reading. The State, by saying that is not necessary, pushes the parties so that they are possibly complicit in an act to which they do not wish to be forced into.
posted on 10/03/2007 4:02:54 PM PDT
by Frank Sheed
(Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
To: Frank Sheed
Thank you, Frank. I think the NCBC and the CMA have done a yeoman’s job in getting these issues clarified in the detail they deserve.
I just wish the Bishops would do the same. Before confronting us with a scandalous fait accompli.
posted on 10/04/2007 5:16:15 AM PDT
by Mrs. Don-o
(Point of information)
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