Sunday, December 26, 2010

It Begins: ACLU v. Catholic Hospitals, Doctors, and RNs

Jester picks up on a Malkin item:

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.

There is more at the link.

It might also provide another interesting test of ObamaCare.


neomom said...

Its that second part that gets pretty interesting for the statists....

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

Forcing someone to go against their religion would violate this, no?

No matter, the ACLU needed a new battle now that they have bullied every little town in the south to take down their nativity sets and are ignoring the installation of muslim foot baths and halal food in public schools.

Dad29 said...

Yah, the 'free exercise' item will get a workout.

I wish just ONE town council would tell a Court to go f*&^ themselves, and keep the display brilliantly-lit.

I'd bring ammo for the party.

neomom said...

It isn't a nativity, but King,NC - with a "lottery" from "applicants" came up with a way to keep the Christian flag up at the war memorial for 51 weeks out of the year. At least they fought back. Its a start.