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  • ACLU Attacks US Catholic Hospitals, Saying 'Health Care' is Restricted

    05/10/2016 6:05:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a campaign against Catholic hospitals, charging that the health of patients-- especially women-- may be endangered by the US bishops' health-care directives. Noting that Catholic institutions account for one of every six hospital beds in the US, the ACLU remarks that Catholic institutions are generally forbidden to perform abortions and sterilizations or to euthanize patients: procedures that the ACLU defines as forms of "health care" Thus the ACLU report concludes that "health care" is not always available at US hospitals because of Catholic teachings. "When hospitals prevent doctors from providing care, the...
  • ACLU Sues Catholic Hospitals for Refusing to Give Abortions

    10/05/2015 6:08:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit last week against Trinity Health Corporation, one of the nation’s largest Catholic health care groups, for refusing to provide emergency abortions. The formal complaint is based on the health system’s “repeated and systematic failure to provide women suffering pregnancy complications with appropriate emergency abortions as required by federal law,” according to an ACLU press release. Fox News religion correspondent Father John Morris said this is another example of religious institutions being forced to do things against their beliefs. "The ACLU wants no religious belief whatsoever to get in the way of their...
  • Catholic Hospital Caves to ACLU, Agrees to Perform Sterilization

    08/27/2015 11:09:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/27/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    “Here I stand . . . but I can also move, if you like.” Via SFGate: Facing a possible sex-discrimination lawsuit, a Catholic hospital in Redding reversed its position Monday and agreed to let a woman’s doctor sterilize her after she gives birth next month. Mercy Medical Center, owned by Dignity Health of San Francisco, the state’s largest private health care company, had previously refused to allow Rachel Miller to undergo a tubal ligation, citing Catholic hospitals’ Ethical and Religious Directives against sterilization. After attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union said they would file a discrimination suit if Miller...
  • Tragedy in Birmingham

    08/03/2011 6:37:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    Father James E. Coyle, an extraordinary priest and Knight of Columbus in the early 20th century, courageously stood up against widely-held anti-Catholic views at the risk, and then cost, of his life.The Irish-born priest was scarcely in his 20s when, after his ordination in Rome, he was dispatched to Alabama to begin his priesthood. The Catholic population in Alabama had exploded with a promise of jobs, especially in and around Birmingham’s network of coal mines, steel mills and iron foundries. Father Coyle arrived in the city shortly before a wave of anti-Catholicism flooded the country, and the revived Ku...
  • In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people

    01/24/2013 10:53:50 AM PST · by LonelyCon · 27 replies
    Colorado Independent ^ | John Tomasic
    Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cańon City on New Year’s Day 2006. She was vomiting and short of breath and she passed out as she was being wheeled into an examination room. Medical staff tried to resuscitate her but, as became clear only later, a main artery feeding her lungs was clogged and the clog led to a massive heart attack. Stodghill’s obstetrician, Dr. Pelham Staples, who also happened to be the obstetrician on call for emergencies that night, never answered a page....
  • HHS mandate could close 13 percent of the nation’s hospitals

    03/06/2012 11:15:27 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3-5-12 | Ben Johnson
    The nation’s Catholic bishops have vowed to close their religious institutions rather than comply with the HHS mandate that they provide insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. In a column printed on CatholicNewWorld, Francis Cardinal George urged people to purchase a copy of the Archdiocesan directory “as a souvenir,” because in two years the page containing a list of Catholic hospitals and health care institutions “will be blank.” Ed Morrissey of the Hot Air blog calculated what it would mean if the Catholic bishops shut down all religious institutions that are ineligible for the conscience clause under the...
  • Editorial: Religious groups should have seen Obamacare betrayal coming

    02/09/2012 4:59:20 PM PST · by landsbaum · 20 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 2-9-2012 | Orange County Register editorial boarad
    Thomas Jefferson said: "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." The third president wasn't Catholic and, arguably, probably not Christian. But he understood that for the government to compel people to pay for something they find morally repugnant is "sinful and tyrannical." The 44th president clearly thinks otherwise...
  • ‘Flower on the door’ used to mark abortions at Catholic hospitals: doctor

    08/01/2011 5:11:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/29/11 | Kathleen Gilbert
    FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, July 29, 2011 ( - When a child is delivered stillborn, a small flower or other token often marks the door of the mother’s recovery room to help staff recognize the loss. According to one Catholic doctor, the same symbol was used in at least one Catholic hospital where doctors routinely induced labor to hasten the death of a child diagnosed with a genetic defect - a practice she says occurs in “a handful” of Catholic hospitals across the United States. Dr. Lorna Cvetkovich told a bioethics conference at Christendom College in Virginia this month about her...
  • Michelle Malkin: The ACLU’s Unholy War on Catholic Hospitals

    12/27/2010 10:33:15 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 1+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 24, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    The ACLU's Unholy War on Catholic HospitalsWill a federal emergency-medical-treatment law be rewritten to mandate that all hospitals provide abortions? Ho, ho, ho! Just in time for Christmas, the American Civil Liberties Union has launched a new salvo against people of faith. Even as billions around the world celebrate the birth of Christ, joyless, abortion-obsessed secularists never take a holiday. On Wednesday, the ACLU sent a letter to federal health officials urging the government to force Catholic hospitals in the U.S. to perform abortions in violation of their core moral commitment to protecting the lives of the unborn. They’re counting...
  • Feds asked to ensure Catholic hospitals follow law (by providing abortions)

    12/26/2010 7:58:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/22/10 | Rob Stein
    Feds asked to ensure Catholic hospitals follow lawThe 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...
  • The ACLU's Unholy War on Catholic Hospitals

    12/24/2010 5:33:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 24, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Ho, ho, ho! Just in time for Christmas, the American Civil Liberties Union has launched a new salvo against people of faith. Even as billions around the world celebrate the birth of Christ, joyless, abortion-obsessed secularists never take a holiday. On Wednesday, the ACLU sent a letter to federal health officials urging the government to force Catholic hospitals in the U.S. to perform abortions in violation of their core moral commitment to protecting the lives of the unborn. They're counting on sympathetic Obama rationing czar Donald Berwick -- a recess appointee whose radical views on wealth and health redistribution were...
  • Catholic Medical Association: Coakley Denies Freedom of Conscience, Right to Life

    01/18/2010 4:52:56 PM PST · by tcg · 5 replies · 457+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/18/10 | Randy Sly
    Coakley faces a fierce battle for the senatorial seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy against Republican contender Scott Brown, who is now leading in some polls. However, the election is still too close to call. “In the course of the interview, Martha Coakley demonstrated hostility to conscience rights in general, and to the beliefs of faithful Catholics in particular,” stated John F. Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L., executive director of the CMA. Of course, the irony is obvious to any observer. Coakley claims to be a Catholic Christian. Yet, she seems to be one of those whom my good friend and Catholic...
  • Coakley: Devout Catholics "Probably Shouldn't Work in the Emergency Room"

    01/17/2010 4:45:46 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 12 replies · 508+ views
    Randy Shea January 17 at 5:09pm Hey Folks, Most of you have probably already heard about this but it's worth repeating. What Obama and progressives like Martha Coakley could not be more clear as to what they would do if given the chance. MA-Sen: Coakley: Devout Catholics "Probably Shouldn't Work in the Emergency Room" You might know but I doubt that most of your friends do...So copy and paste this NOW...Spread it far and wide!!! In particular if you know Pro-Lifers in Massachusetts get this to them in what ever way you can... A vote for Coakley is a...
  • Dem Mail: Scott Brown Wants Hospitals To Turn Away All Rape Victims

    01/16/2010 2:08:16 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 62 replies · 2,008+ views
    This is absolutely brutal: Massachusetts Dems have dropped a mail piece accusing GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown of wanting hospitals to turn away “all” rape victims. The mail piece — sent over by the Brown campaign — shows pictures of women who are supposed to have been raped, one of them in a wheelchair bent over with her head in her hands. It says: “1,736 WOMEN WERE RAPED IN MASSACHUSETTS IN 2008. SCOTT BROWN WANTS HOSPITALS TO TURN THEM ALL AWAY.” The mailer — paid for by the Massachusetts Democratic Party — says the claim is based on “a law...
  • Over the top in Mass. (Disgusting Dem flier about Scott Brown) Desperation by Coakely

    01/16/2010 12:20:46 PM PST · by milwguy · 43 replies · 1,624+ views
    politico ^ | 1/15/2010 | ben smith
    Via Sargent, an extremely sweeping charge from Massachusetts Democratic Party. The basis is a provision Brown voted for that would allow religious hospital staffers not to inform victims of the availability of the morning after pill. The NRSC invoked Felix Grucci in response.
  • Catholic Group Supports Senate on Abortion Aid

    12/25/2009 8:08:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 909+ views
    NYTimes ^ | December 25th 2009
    Catholic Group Supports Senate on Abortion Aid By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK December 25, 2009 WASHINGTON — In an apparent split with Roman Catholic bishops over the abortion-financing provisions of the proposed health care overhaul, the nation’s Catholic hospitals have signaled that they back the Senate’s compromise on the issue, raising hopes of breaking an impasse in Congress and stirring controversy within the church. The Senate bill, approved Thursday morning, allows any state to bar the use of federal subsidies for insurance plans that cover abortion and requires insurers in other states to divide subsidy money into separate accounts so that...
  • Cardinal Pell sees anti-Christian motives in government bid to take over hospital

    10/31/2009 1:47:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 365+ views
    cna ^ | October 31, 2009
    The Catholic-run Calvary Public Hospital in Canberra Canberra, Australia, Oct 30, 2009 / 10:25 pm (CNA).- The Australian Capital Territory Government’s bid to buy Calvary Public Hospital in Canberra could endanger other public hospitals run by religious organizations, Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell has said. He has also asserted that anti-Christian motives may be driving the proposal. The cardinal gave his full support to Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Mark Coleridge, who opposes the sale of the 250-bed Catholic-run hospital.According to the Archdiocese of Sydney, Cardinal Pell said the motives behind the effort to buy the hospital, which...
  • Pro-choice groups try to stop Catholic hospital expansion

    10/15/2009 5:31:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 787+ views
    Examiner ^ | October 14, 2009 | Alan Suderman
    Pro-choice groups are battling a proposed new hospital in northern Montgomery County because of Catholic restrictions on abortion and contraceptives.Both Holy Cross, a Catholic hospital in Silver Spring, and Adventist HealthCare of Takoma Park have submitted bids to Maryland to build hospitals in upper Montgomery County, one of the fastest-growing areas in the region.Holy Cross wants to build a 93-bed hospital on the Montgomery College campus in Germantown, whileAdventist wants to build a 100-bed in Clarksburg. The Maryland Health Care Commission is expected to pick between the competing proposals in the spring.A coalition of women's group, including Planned Parenthood and...
  • Catholic Health Association denies endorsement of health care bill

    08/31/2009 4:14:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 512+ views
    cna ^ | August 31, 2009
    Vice President Joseph Biden listens as Sr. Carol Keehan announces an agreement to help finance health reform. Credit: CHA Washington D.C., Aug 31, 2009 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- In a statement released last Friday, the Catholic Health Association (CHA) clarified that it has not thrown its institutional support behind the current health care bill, while also reiterating its commitment to protect life from conception to natural death.The Catholic Health Association “has long been committed to a goal of health coverage for all people in the United States. CHA has not, however, endorsed any of the bills currently under consideration,”...
  • RomneyCare Redux (IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure)

    08/24/2009 5:13:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 808+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Reform: If Massachusetts is any guide, the passage of ObamaCare is almost certain to increase demand and worsen the shortage of doctors. Access to health care doesn't mean much if there's no doctor to provide it.Suppose health care reform passes and all are insured, by force or otherwise. The U.S. will be short 124,400 front-line physicians by 2025, according to the Association of Medical Colleges. That does not include the 15,585 new primary-care providers the administration plan is estimated to require. The Massachusetts reforms enacted in 2006, designed to provide universal coverage, provide an insight into what we might expect...
  • Catholics Step Up Fight Against 'Unacceptable' Healthcare Bill

    08/22/2009 1:10:20 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 8 replies · 523+ views ^ | August 21, 2009 | John Rossomando
    The immensity of the nation’s Catholic healthcare system could add clout for Catholic bishops as they advance their opposition to healthcare reform as proposed now. The Catholic Church demonstrated its legislative influence this year when it threatened to close Catholic hospitals if the Freedom of Choice Act passed, which effectively scuttled plans to introduce the legislation. The legislation would have defined abortion as a “fundamental right” and nullified conscience protections for healthcare providers. The Catholic health network includes 624 hospitals, 499 long-term nursing facilities, and 41 hospices nationwide, including 11 of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, according to the Catholic...
  • Catholic Bishops Tell House: Health-Care Bill is ‘Unacceptable’ Due to Pro-Abortion Mandates

    08/22/2009 12:43:33 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 6 replies · 554+ views ^ | August 21, 2009 | Edwin Mora
    The nation’s Catholic bishops have told Congress that they oppose H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act, as it currently stands, because the health-care reform bill would mandate funding and insurance coverage for abortion. In an August 11 letter to members of the House of Representatives, Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the pro-life committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (U.S.C.C.B.), told lawmakers that health-care reform must “respect human life and rights of conscience in the context of abortion.” “Much-needed reform must not become a vehicle for promoting an ‘abortion rights’ agenda or reversing longstanding policies against federal funding...
  • Stifling Health Choice

    08/18/2009 4:43:15 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 3 replies · 416+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 19, 2009 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Health Care: Lost in the kerfuffle about a pro-choice president being honored at the University of Notre Dame was the damage the Freedom of Choice Act might do to the nation's health care.Specifically, how many Catholic hospitals will close and how many Catholic doctors will quit if it becomes law? According to the Catholic Health Association, Catholic institutions make up 13% of the nation's nearly 5,000 hospitals, and employ more than 600,000 people. CHA says one of every six Americans hospitalized in the U.S. are cared for in a Catholic hospital. A lot of federal funds flow through the nation's...
  • New surgeon general nominee is a CHA board member

    07/13/2009 1:09:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 1,495+ views
    cns ^ | July 13, 2009
    Dr. Regina Benjamin poses for a portrait in the waiting room at her temporary clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala., last September. (CNS/courtesy MacArthur Foundation) Dr. Regina Benjamin, a member of the board of trustees of the Catholic Health Association, is being nominated as surgeon general this morning.We had this story on Benjamin last fall, when she received a MacArthur fellowship for her work with medical clinics in poverty-stricken areas of Alabama.Benjamin did her undergraduate studies at Xavier University in New Orleans and in a 2005 speech she talked about the Catholic parish she grew up in, and how her...
  • Will Obama cite FOCA and arrest Catholic bishops who will not do abortions?

    04/07/2009 6:05:30 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 63 replies · 1,606+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | April 7, 2009 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    The showdown over the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is coming. The Senate has rejected a conscience clause. Now Catholic hospitals can be forced to commit abortions. Democrats are caught between their pro-death supporters’ demands and attacking the Catholic Church. They will opt for the latter. FOCA will force Catholic bishops to choose between federal money and mortal sin, and saying “No!” to murders of convenience by closing their hospitals. They will opt for the latter. Aided by America’s Catholics, pro abortionists elected the most pro death president in history. Encouraged by this support Democrats are willing to confront Catholic...
  • Could St. Louis lose its Catholic hospitals under new federal abortion legislation?

    03/06/2009 12:24:42 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 14 replies · 700+ views
    STL Today ^ | 3/5/09 | Tim Townsend
    A proposed bill promising major changes in the U.S. abortion landscape has Roman Catholic bishops threatening to close Catholic hospitals if the Democratic Congress and White House make it law. The Freedom of Choice Act failed to get out of subcommittee in 2004, but its sponsor is poised to refile it now that former Senate co-sponsor Barack Obama occupies the Oval Office. A spokesman for Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the legislation "is among the congressman's priorities. We expect to reintroduce it sooner rather than later." FOCA, as the bill is known, would make federal law out of the abortion...
  • Obama’s Friday order to Catholic hospitals: Shut up, commit abortions or I’ll shut you down

    03/02/2009 5:53:22 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 190 replies · 6,246+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | March 2, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The underhanded Obama administration has quietly moved to rescind the “conscience clause” found in agreements between the federal government and Catholic hospitals. This “conscience clause” has always protected practitioners from being forced to commit abortions in violation of their consciences. Its removal means Catholic hospitals will be forced to choose between federal funds for committing abortions and closing down to maintain a clear conscience. Phonies with egg on their faces Nevertheless, phony “Catholic” judas goats like Douglas Kmiec are still beating their chests with pride at having delivered 52% of the Catholic vote to the abortion team last fall. In...
  • Abortion Foes Warn Of Hospital Closures

    01/28/2009 4:15:36 PM PST · by markomalley · 36 replies · 1,145+ views
    See BS ^ | Jan. 28, 2009 | Brian Montopoli
    On the past two Sundays, parishioners at the Holy Family Church in Nutley, New Jersey, have received a stark warning: If the Obama administration and Democratic Congress have their way, Catholic hospitals around the country will be forced to close. The reason? A piece of legislation known as the Freedom Of Choice Act, or FOCA, that opponents believe will force hospitals and doctors to perform abortions even if they have moral opposition to doing so. Since doctors at Catholic hospitals won't perform an abortion, the logic goes, the hospitals would have no choice but to shut their doors under FOCA...
  • Exclusive: Twenty Years of Eugenic Abortion at Ontario Catholic Hospital

    12/13/2008 10:34:36 AM PST · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 974+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/11/08 | John-Henry Westen
    LONDON, December 5, 2008 ( - The chief ethicist for the diocese of London in Ontario Canada recently admitted to in an interview that St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in London has been performing "early induction" procedures in cases of diagnosed lethal fetal anomalies for twenty years, under his ethical direction. While Fr. Michael Prieur attempted to justify "early induction" for lethal fetal anomaly as not being abortion, the procedure has been condemned as illicit by the US Bishops' Doctrinal Committee and called "direct abortion" by the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC).In an "early induction" the mother is induced into labor at a point so early in the pregnancy that even a healthy...
  • Lose-Lose on Abortion; Obama's threat to Catholic hospitals and their very serious counterthreat.

    11/24/2008 8:28:54 PM PST · by Lorianne · 51 replies · 1,898+ views
    Slate ^ | 24 November 2008 | Melinda Henneberger
    When I saw the Catholic bishops had declared war on President-elect Obama at their semiannual meeting in Baltimore two weeks ago, my first reaction was pique: Gosh, guys, it isn't even parade day yet, and here you are, all dressed up and ready to rain on it. Were they in spasm because Obama had won Catholics by nine points? (Nine! A landslide compared with the five by which my co-religionists had favored Bush in '04.) Peeved because even some of the most ardent pro-lifers had broken ranks? (In Colorado, where Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput called Obama "the most committed...
  • Obama Closing Catholic Hospitals?

    11/01/2008 7:15:57 PM PDT · by murphE · 47 replies · 1,671+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 10/31/2008 | Joseph John Vennari
    On Oct. 7, 2007, Sen. Barack Obama spoke to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and promised, "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing I'll do." What is the Freedom of Choice Act? It is the most sweeping pro-abortion legislation ever proposed in the United States. In a letter dated Sept. 19 to members of Congress, Philadelphia's Justin Cardinal Rigali rightly warned: "Despite its deceptive title, FOCA would deprive the American people in all 50 states of the freedom they now have to enact modest restraints and regulations on the...
  • Catholic hospitals betray mission

    06/20/2008 8:07:35 AM PDT · by Tolkien · 10 replies · 143+ views
    Wikileaks ^ | 6/15/08 | Wikileaks
    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.
  • Catholic Hospital, Awards Pro-Abortion Politician

    05/03/2002 6:40:01 PM PDT · by Coleus · 26 replies · 2,250+ views
    5-3-02 | Fr. Peter West
    Dear Friends, The following is a story about New Jersey, but I think it's typical of the relationships that many Catholic hospitals and Catholic Charities have with pro-abortion politicians upon whom they seem to depend for funding. I hope you find the information contained in this article helpful in speaking out against bureaucrats working for Catholic institutions who fail to defend Catholic values in your area. I would hate to think that Church officials are not more forceful in speaking up for pre-born children in danger of abortion because of the money they're getting from politicians for Catholic institutions, but...
  • What Spitzer was up to today before the news broke

    03/10/2008 4:01:27 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 87 replies · 2,827+ views ^ | 3/10/08 | Michelle Malkin
    This morning, NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer had been scheduled to speak to the Family Planning Advocates’ 31st Annual Conference. The abortion racketeers are seeking more money. And he was preparing to push legislators to do their bidding–before he was forced to cancel his appearance. As payback to his abortion industry supporters, Spitzer had supported “the Reproductive Health & Privacy Protection Act (RHAPP)” under the guise of “codifying Roe v. Wade.” It would: * Allow non-doctors to perform abortions, including a dentist, a social worker, or a health care practitioner. * Let girls as young as 12 obtain abortions throughout all...
  • Statement on NY Gov. Spitzer's radical abortion plan

    02/23/2008 10:27:30 PM PST · by Coleus · 45 replies · 1,179+ views
    New York State Catholic Conference ^ | 1/22/2008 | Kathleen M. Gallagher
    On this, the 35th anniversary of the tragic Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion in all 50 states, New York’s citizens find human life under renewed attack, this time through a radical bill proposed by Gov. Eliot Spitzer.Kathleen M. Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference, made the following comment today: “There is much good news to report on the pro-life front. Nationally, abortions have fallen to their lowest rate since 1976, as more people, particularly young people, are taking a fresh look at abortion and seeing not empowerment for women but the killing of...
  • Romney does flip-flop and forces Catholic hospitals to distribute morning-after-pill [2005]

    01/31/2008 11:37:43 AM PST · by AFA-Michigan · 246 replies · 97+ views
    Lifesite News ^ | December 9, 2005 | Gudrun Schultz
    BOSTON -– In a shocking turn-around, Massachusetts’s governor Mitt Romney announced yesterday that Roman Catholic and other private hospitals in the state will be forced to offer emergency contraception to sexual assault victims under new state legislation, regardless of the hospitals’ moral position on the issue. The Republican governor had earlier defended the right of hospitals to avoid dispensing the “morning-after pill” on the grounds of moral dissent. The Boston Globe reported that Romney’s flip on the issue came after his legal counsel, Mark D. Nielsen, concluded Wednesday that the new law supersedes a preexisting statute related to the abortifacient...
  • Wisconsin forces Catholic hospitals to dispense "emergency contraception"

    01/25/2008 7:30:38 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies · 93+ views
    CNA ^ | January 25, 2008
    Madison, WI, Jan 25, 2008 / 04:23 am (CNA).- The Wisconsin State Assembly has passed legislation mandating that all Wisconsin hospitals, including religiously-affiliated hospitals, must inform any self-described victim of sexual assault of “emergency contraception” and must provide it upon her request.Emergency contraception, as defined by the bill, includes both the morning-after pill and the intrauterine device (IUD).  The morning-after pill can alter the lining of the uterus so that a newly conceived embryo cannot implant in the womb, leading to its death.  The IUD always blocks implantation, also causing the death of any newly conceived human being.“It is a...
  • Transgender woman sues hospital (Catholic-Owned Seton Won't Let Her Get Breast Surgery Eeewww!)

    01/05/2008 10:01:16 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 40 replies · 1,978+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/5/08 | Barbara Feder Ostrov
    "God made you a man." That's what Charlene Hastings said she was told when she called to inquire about breast enlargement surgery at Seton Medical Center, a Catholic hospital in Daly City. Now the San Franciscan is suing the hospital, claiming officials there discriminated against her because she had a sex-change operation. Hastings, 57, had already had the major surgery she needed to become a woman. She had chosen a San Francisco plastic surgeon with privileges at Seton to perform the breast augmentation in October 2006. But the surgeon, Dr. Leonard Gray, told her that Seton no longer allowed him...
  • Ownership change would limit hospital abortions (Two hospitals in Denver)

    12/29/2007 5:45:31 PM PST · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 172+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/29/07 | WorldNetDaily
    The proposed sale that would transfer two Exempla Healthcare hospitals in the Denver metropolitan area to a Catholic organization that does not allow abortion and birth-control procedures at its facilities has been endorsed by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. The hospitals, Lutheran and Good Samaritan, soon could fall under the management of Catholic Health Care Services, which, among other things, does not provide abortions, forms of sterilization including tubal ligation and vasectomies, and emergency contraception pills, known as the abortion pill. Suthers concluded in his legal opinion that the transfer wouldn't violate state laws concerning nonprofit groups, and that the...
  • Remember: Romney Does Flip-Flop and Forces Catholic Hospitals to Distribute Morning-After-Pill

    12/29/2007 1:28:59 PM PST · by big'ol_freeper · 60 replies · 139+ views ^ | 9 Dec 05 | Gudrun Schultz
    BOSTON, December 9, 2005 ( – In a shocking turn-around, Massachusetts’s governor Mitt Romney announced yesterday that Roman Catholic and other private hospitals in the state will be forced to offer emergency contraception to sexual assault victims under new state legislation, regardless of the hospitals’ moral position on the issue. The Republican governor had earlier defended the right of hospitals to avoid dispensing the “morning-after pill” on the grounds of moral dissent. The Boston Globe reported that Romney’s flip on the issue came after his legal counsel, Mark D. Nielsen, concluded Wednesday that the new law supersedes a preexisting statute...
  • World Renowned Theologian Renders Possibly Decisive Blow in Debate on Plan B in Catholic Hospitals

    10/23/2007 3:48:13 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies · 64+ views
    Lifesite ^ | October 23, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    WASHINGTON, DC, October 22, 2007 ( - In what is likely the most significant contribution to date in the debate over the use of the so-called "emergency contraception" pills at Catholic hospitals, renowned theologian Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner has written on the subject. The Doctor of Sacred Theology who has been teaching theology in Franciscan universities and seminaries in the US and Italy for forty years, has questioned the basis on which the whole issue is based - namely whether it is permitted for Catholics to administer Plan B even if it acted as a contraceptive rather than causing abortions....
  • Connecticut Bishops Allow Plan B in Catholic Hospitals for Rape - Catholic Medical Association ...

    09/30/2007 8:11:23 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 1 replies · 96+ views ^ | September 28, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    Connecticut Bishops Allow Plan B in Catholic Hospitals for Rape - Catholic Medical Association Opposed Vatican stated in 2000 "the absolute unlawfulness of abortifacient procedures also applies to distributing, prescribing and taking the morning-after pill" By John-Henry Westen HARTFORD, September 28, 2007 ( - A statement issued by the Connecticut Catholic Bishops yesterday, which is posted on the Catholic Conference's web page, notes that the Bishops have approved the administration of the morning after pill Plan B for rape victims at the four Catholic hospitals in the state.  While the Bishops claim to be in accord with Church teaching on...
  • Committee allows morning after pill legislation to die

    03/20/2006 8:50:18 PM PST · by right-wingin_It · 7 replies · 369+ views
    Stamford Advocate (AP) ^ | March 20, 2006 | Associated Press
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Legislation that would have required all hospitals, including Catholic facilities, to prescribe rape victims the so-called morning after pill, was allowed to die Monday. The Public Health Committee, which took up the bill 15 minutes before its deadline, ran out of time to act on a possible compromise that would have allowed Catholic hospitals to use private nurses to administer the pill. The medication helps prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of intercourse. It's questionable whether the idea will be brought up as an amendment to another bill sometime before the session ends in May. The...
  • National Campaign Releases Statement on Emergency Contraception

    03/13/2006 6:31:28 PM PST · by 1stFreedom · 24 replies · 428+ views
    National Campaign Releases Statement on Emergency Contraception NEW YORK, Mar. 13 /Christian Wire Service/ -- No Room for Contraception released the following statement today concerning the distribution of emergency contraception and of conscience clauses that ought to protect health care workers from participation in the distribution of these drugs. Mary Worthington, spokeswoman for the campaign, said: "In lieu of forcing pharmacies and hospitals to act in contradiction to personal or religious beliefs, political leaders and public policy makers, especially those who are Catholic, should be enacting laws that protect religious freedom. Our nation was founded on that religious freedom, and...
  • Study Finds Many US Catholic Hospitals Hand out Abortion Drugs - Names Them

    02/03/2006 4:20:53 PM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 563+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 2/3/06 | John-Henry Westen
    SAN FRANCISCO, February 3, 2006 ( - Despite the fact that so-called "emergency contraception" (EC) can cause early abortions; a new study has found that only 35% of the Catholic hospitals surveyed indicated that EC is not available at the hospital.  The study was conducted in four states in which the law discriminates against those do not wish to participate in abortion by requiring the abortion-causing drugs be made available or suggested in emergency rooms for sexual assault patients.The study was carried out by Ibis Reproductive Health and commissioned by the pro-abortion anti-Catholic group misnamed "Catholics for a Free...
  • EU to Catholic Doctors: Thou Shalt Abort

    12/24/2005 10:50:56 AM PST · by spkpls4 · 31 replies · 919+ views
    Do abortionists wish each other a Merry Christmas? Every year one in three pregnancies worldwide ends in an abortion. A total of 40 million abortions are performed each year, which means that since 1980 one billion children have not been allowed to be born. Contemplating Baby Jesus in the crib one may wonder whether the fact that there are 6.5 billion of us today instead of 7.5 billion is a human achievement or not. Some think it is, some think it is not. But why do those who consider universal legalised abortion to be a sign of progress want to...
  • Romney Does Flip and Forces Catholic Hospitals to Distribute Morning-After-Pill

    12/10/2005 4:26:35 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 37 replies · 896+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10 December 2005 | Gudrun Schultz
    BOSTON, December 9, 2005 ( – In a shocking turn-around, Massachusetts’s governor Mitt Romney announced yesterday that Roman Catholic and other private hospitals in the state will be forced to offer emergency contraception to sexual assault victims under new state legislation, regardless of the hospitals’ moral position on the issue. The Republican governor had earlier defended the right of hospitals to avoid dispensing the “morning-after pill” on the grounds of moral dissent. The Boston Globe reported that Romney’s flip on the issue came after his legal counsel, Mark D. Nielsen, concluded Wednesday that the new law supersedes a preexisting statute...
  • Romney Changes Hospital Contraception Rules (Removes religious exemption)

    12/09/2005 11:07:13 AM PST · by NYer · 77 replies · 1,247+ views
    AP ^ | December 9, 2005 | GLEN JOHNSON
    Gov. Mitt Romney abandoned plans Thursday to exempt Roman Catholic and other private hospitals from a new law requiring them to dispense emergency contraception to rape victims.Romney had initially backed regulations proposed earlier this week by his public health commissioner, Paul Cote Jr., who said the new law conflicted with an older law barring the state from forcing private hospitals to dispense contraceptive devices or information.The Republican governor, who is considering a run for president in 2008, said he asked his legal advisers to review the matter after members of both parties criticized the regulations. He said the lawyers determined...
  • Planned Parenthood Complains about Religious Hospital Mergers

    11/16/2005 2:00:47 PM PST · by victim soul · 49 replies · 1,121+ views
    Focus on the Family ^ | 11.14.05 | Kim Trobee
    Religiously run hospitals are now in the crosshairs of the abortion provider. A new call to action from Planned Parenthood is hoping to frighten women with the rising number of hospitals run by faith-based organizations, many of which refuse to offer abortion services. According to the abortion provider, women are in danger of losing their “right” to reproductive services if they don’t step up and oppose mergers between community hospitals and faith-based healthcare providers. Those providers are usually Catholic, 7th Day Adventist and Baptist. “Planned Parenthood isn’t content with getting all the abortions they want in secular hospitals, now they...
  • Catholic Hospital Opens in North Korea

    08/23/2005 7:08:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies · 153+ views
    Asia News ^ | 8/23/05 | Theresa Kim Hwa-young
    Rason (AsiaNews) – The Rason International Catholic Hospital opened on August 5, 2005, in Rason, Hamgyeongbuk-do province, eastern North Korea. The hospital was built with the assistance of the Catholic International Cooperation Medical Service and thanks to the cooperation between the Congregation of St. Ottilien of the Benedictine Order and the Korean Catholic Church. The three-story building covers an area of 25,000 sq. metres and is equipped with facilities for medical diagnosis and treatment. It has 100 beds and employs 80 doctors, nurses and medical staff. “Catholic hospitals give hope for peace and cooperation. I hope that this hospital also...