Via Michelle Malkin
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 never vetted by Congress — to dictate which religious principles hospital operators can and cannot follow.
The ACLU reiterated its call for a federal probe — read: fishing expedition — of Catholic hospitals nationwide that refuse to provide “emergency” contraception and abortions to women. In practice, of course, every request for abortion is an “emergency” to the left.
The Catholic Church makes clear that it is morally permissible under certain circumstances to treat directly the cause of the mother’s medical condition, even if those efforts unintentionally and indirectly cost the baby’s life. But Catholic health providers must never directly trade one life for another.
Civil liberties activists have a particular vendetta against devout Phoenix Catholic Bishop Thomas Olmsted, who recently revoked the Catholic status of a rogue hospital that performed several direct abortions, provided birth control pills and presided over sterilizations against the church’s ethical and religious directives for health care. “It would be unfaithful to pretend the institution is still Catholic,” Olmsted concluded.
“The dioceses cannot be permitted to dictate who lives and who dies in Catholic-owned hospitals,” the ACLU’s lawyers fumed in response.
Yeah how dare the Bishop trump the Federal government in deciding who lives and who dies. I mean how could a bishop have the authority to determine what is murder? The government has such a good track record in the department of ethics.
* Rather odd though to call a bishop “devout” in what is really a nod to saying the Bishop is faithful to the Church.
If the abortion lobby gets its way, faithful Catholic hospitals and Catholic medical professionals who follow their consciences and adhere to canon law could see their federal funding yanked. And radical social engineers may well force the shutdown of countless Catholic hospitals at a time when Obamacare costs and consequences are already wreaking havoc on the health industry.
Fewer jobs, less access to health care, less freedom and more lives lost: Merry Christmas from the ACLU.
Yes, great timing on the part of the ACLU – but what do you expect from opportunists seeking to make hay of Bishop Ohmsted’s decision. The left is totally riled up about his decision. They hate the Catholic Church yet are upset when a bishop pulls the use of Catholic from a hospital.
Here is one lovely comment I got from an Ellen who uses Verizon in Ashburn, Va.
Meanwhile, pedophile priests remain unexcommunicated and protected by the SAME bishop from police and their victims! May the bishop’s supporters die from the same deadly childbirths in their own lives to get a clue.
Can’t you feel the love? Plus when you don’t have a real argument bring up abusive priests – the race card for dissenters. Doesn’t matter that Bishop Olmsted came into a diocese with previous problems with abuse and did an excellent job of cleaning up the mess and reaching out to the victims. As for excommunication of abusive priests, they are already removed from the clerical state which is effectively permanent. Excommunications are a medicinal remedy and are lifted once a person repents. But making these points doesn’t matter to someone that wants you to die to get a clue. That you can never commit evil to do good is lost on a commenter of this type.