Skip to comments.Bishops Decry Obama birth Control Plan, Yet Catholic Hospitals Report Sterilizations
Posted on 02/20/2012 11:53:53 AM PST by marshmallow
U.S. Catholic bishops have vowed to fight the Obama administration's compromise on insurance coverage for contraception and sterilization, denouncing it as "coercive," "insulting," "unconstitutional," "belligerent," and "dangerous."
Yet there is evidence the sterilization services the bishops oppose have been provided by many Catholic hospitals across the country, including a few in the Philadelphia area.
Some evidence comes from news reports about bishops cracking down. In Texas in 2008, for example, two hospitals were ordered to stop doing the sterilization surgery, called tubal ligation. In Oregon in 2010, a hospital that refused to stop lost its Catholic status.
Last year, however, a more scientific look at sterilization practices was published as a doctoral dissertation at Baylor University by Sandra Hapenney, a Catholic in Waco, Texas.
Using standardized hospital discharge data, she found that between 2007 and 2009, more than 20,000 women who gave birth at Catholic hospitals in New Jersey and six other states then had their "tubes tied." Eighty-five hospitals - almost half of those providing obstetric services - were doing sterilizations to end fertility.
Among these were Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden and Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Willingboro, where Hapenney found that 282 women - 6 percent of those who gave birth - were sterilized in 2008 and 2009.
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He hasn't even heard about this controversy. No one there is talking about it.
They are in the middle of a massive building campaign.
Do you think they're going to risk federal funding by going against Obama?
The liberals agree with Obama, and the business-minded "conservatives" want to make as much money as possible.
Who cares that they call themselves Catholic, but don't seem to care about behaving as a Catholic institution?
In the words of Barak Obama’s spiritual advisor....(He chickens have come home to roost.
I didn’t watch but we have one priest in town who is making sure his parishioners understand what is happening and how their religious liberty is being infringed.
Our priest has done the bare minimum and our parishioners are up in arms because he has said so little.
The issue is not contraception. The issue is freedom.
If you want to buy contraception, fine. If you want to buy contraception for your employees, great. But the federal government has no business forcing you to buy contraception for everyone else.
The Democrats and the MSM are successfully framing this as an issue of Republicans trying to force their religious views on everyone else. The Republicans need to do a much better job of correctly framing this as an issue of Democrats trying to force the government and employers into your bedroom.
Most people want something for nothing. This issue was very well played by Obama. He made the Catholic Church and other churches come out and oppose something most women and many men want.
Look at the stats. Well north of 90% of women on are birth control at some point of their life. That includes Catholic and muslim women in the US. The cost is nominal really, but everyone loves something for “free”. The Catholic church has not been very successful in fighting chemical contraception, or very active. This dust up has been a very big surprise to many women in and out of the Catholic church. They thought it was their RIGHT to have birth control, and someone else pay for it. Not to mention that when states like Illinois mandated a similar thing, there was not even a squeak out of the Bishops.
Obama managed to increase his share the female vote, and made the Church look stupid. Most people will not look any deeper than that. Sad really. Beloc was right, people do not really want freedom, they want security. This is a perfect example of it.
For the record, I don't want to pay for someones pills by the threat of force.
If we're at the point as a nation where we'll throw away our Constitutional rights for "free stuff" (and we very well may be), the republic is doomed. We're just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic at that point.
As far as the Church looking stupid, sorry, I don't see it. Our position is well known; if people thought that made us stupid, they thought that already.
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