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Catholic hospitals cannot deny privileges to abortionists, Wisconsin justice department says

Catholic World News - August 07, 2013

Hospitals that refuse to provide admitting privileges for abortionists will be “in active violation of federal law,” according to the justice department in the state of Wisconsin.

Three Catholic hospital systems in Wisconsin have said that they will not extend admitting privileges to abortionists. Under a new state law, abortionists are required to have admitting privileges at a hospital near their clinics. (A federal judge has ruled that the law cannot take effect until an appeal by abortion supporters is heard.)

The Wisconsin justice department argued that a hospital denying privileges to an abortionist would be engaged in illegal discrimination, and could lose all federal support.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Aug. 08, 2013 3:41 PM ET USA

    Interesting,as abortionists do nothing but butcher babies. How is that medical care for the infant?

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Aug. 08, 2013 9:21 AM ET USA

    unum - I'm not sure this is Obamacare related. Wisconsin passed a law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital (probably passed in the wake of Gosnel horrors), but these hospitals, because they're Catholic and seem to have some integrity, won't give abortionists said privileges. One could argue, of course, that they could grant medical privileges, but excluding abortion services. I think that would be consistent with Catholic teaching.

  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 07, 2013 7:03 PM ET USA

    Interesting! Nowhere in the article describing the Wisconsin legal conflict over admitting privileges is the First Amendment or freedom of religion mentioned. It looks like the Supreme Court will be hearing another constitutional issue regarding Obamacare that our brilliant President, a "professor" of constitutional law, has overlooked. Maybe the country really is rushing toward a "train wreck" with Obamacare.

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