Critical need by 8/31:   $10,000 to cover a crippling immediate shortfall.   $7,605 to go.   Please help now!
Click here to advertise on

Times, ACLU: Catholic hospitals should be forced to perform abortions

Catholic World News - 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.”

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 Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($18,154 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,846.18
52% 48%
Sound Off! 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 5 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Miss Cathy - Dec. 24, 2010 2:35 PM ET USA

    The ACLU has no interest in their so-called wall of separation between church and state. They simply want churches and all church institutions controlled by the state. Not only will the Catholic Hospitals close, doctors will leave their profession and nurses as well. Their only principled stance is to undermine the Catholic Church by making every principle we hold to be illegal.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Dec. 24, 2010 11:21 AM ET USA

    If the ACLU thinks truly Catholic hospitals will begin killing babies under mandate, they are dreaming. We will get out of hospitals, all will suffer for it, atheism will have it's day and dark times will descend. As in Russia, the faith will not be stamped out, but we will suffer and pray for deliverance.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 24, 2010 12:10 AM ET USA

    Very good, DrJazz. It is so important to appreciate that we are fighting against powers and principalities. Pray, everyone. Let us pray, most especially to Our Blessed Lady. She has been given these days by Our Father in Heaven and she is asking for our prayers. It is a great mystery, but she is saying it nonetheless - in some mysterious way, she is in need of our prayers to help her. Let us make time - on behalf the born and unborn - to pray.

  • Posted by: Obregon - Dec. 23, 2010 7:02 PM ET USA

    The ACLU believes in "rights" only for liberal Americans but could care less about the right of the Catholic Church to demand that its institutions comply with Catholic teaching.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Dec. 23, 2010 1:07 PM ET USA

    For an organization that supposedly defends liberty, the ACLU uses the words "ensure" and "require" quite often when discussing Catholic hospitals. I guess Catholic hospitals are only free to do what the ACLU thinks should be done.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on

Recent Catholic Commentary

Legal pressure does not make sterilization moral 13 hours ago
Just as you suspected, most polls are useless. August 26
Intrinsic evil can't be evaluated on a case-by-case basis August 26
'Catholicism by osmosis is dead'—Weigel hits the nail on the head August 26
Human Life is Family Life August 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5