We have $162,717 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

ACLU: Religious hospitals should be required to perform ‘emergency’ abortions

Catholic World News - October 12, 2010

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to require religious hospitals to offer “emergency” abortions.

Former Senator Rick Santorum’s recent Philadelphia Inquirer column on the issue draws wider attention to the ACLU’s action, which was taken this summer. Citing Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s opposition to a Phoenix Catholic hospital’s decision to permit an abortion, the ACLU said that “the government must ensure that the well-being of the patient does not take a back seat to religious beliefs.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($162,717 to go):
$200,000.00 $37,282.72
81% 19%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Oct. 12, 2010 10:32 PM ET USA

    As a Catholic nurse, I clearly understand there are two lives at stake - both deserving the best care possible in any emergency situation. Why would the ACLU only concern itself with abortion and one of the lives?

  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Oct. 12, 2010 12:21 PM ET USA

    Amazing how civil liberties are only important to the Civil Liberties Union when they are furthering a secular humanist agenda. As far as I understand, truly religious beliefs have the care of the person's soul foremost. As such, how could they possibly take a backseat to what happens to the body?

  • Posted by: Gaby - Oct. 12, 2010 10:45 AM ET USA

    Doesn't the unborn human qualify as a "patient" with rights to life-saving medical care? The only "religious belief" conflict here is that Catholic hospitals are fully aware that there are TWO lives involved, and they try to save BOTH. They don't give greater priority to either one - neither the adult nor the fetus. They are just trying to do what doctors SHOULD do, and are DUTY-BOUND to do: SAVE LIVES. ACLU wants Catholic doctors to do murder on their bidding!

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The headlines say Gov. Brown is Catholic. He says he's not sure what that means. 0 hours ago
Archbishop predicts Synod won't change Church teaching. Why am I not reassured? 0 hours ago
A different tone at this Synod? 22 hours ago
Church Fathers: St. Clement of Alexandria, Part I October 6
Internalizing marriage at this year's synod October 6

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope issues new rules to streamline annulment process CWN - September 8
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24
As Synod opens, Pope calls on Church to defend ‘unity and indissolubility’ of marriage bond CWN - October 5