Thursday, December 23, 2010
WILL THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BE PERSECUTED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR HAVING CATHOLIC HOSPITALS THAT UPHOLD CATHOLIC TEACHINGS?
More fallout from excommunicated Catholic hospital in Tucson--will all Catholic hospitals cease to be?
New York Times, ACLU: Catholic hospitals should be forced to perform abortions
December 23, 2010
The American Civil Liberties Union has again urged the federal government to compel Catholic hospitals to perform abortions that are deemed necessary to save the life of the mother. The ACLU’s latest letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cites Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s decision to revoke the Catholic status of a hospital in which an abortion took place.
“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 ACLU letter said.
A New York Times editorial blasted Bishop Olmsted and supported the ACLU’s position. “This is no small matter,” the newspaper’s editors stated. “Catholic hospitals account for about 15 percent of the nation’s hospital beds and are the only hospital facilities in many communities.”