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Biden administration threatens hospitals on abortion access

July 12, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: The Biden administration has warned hospitals that they might lose Medicare funding if they refuse to allow abortions in some circumstances, regardless of state laws restricting the practice.

Xavier Becerra, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, claimed that “federal law preempts state abortion bans when needed for emergency care.” He cited a 1985 federal law requiring hospitals to provide emergency care to patients who may be unable to pay.

The claim that federal law trumps state law is likely to face constitutional challenges.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 15, 2022 1:34 PM ET USA

    When will the Church, Catholic hospitals, Catholic schools, Catholic tax-exempt entities, in fact virtually the entire Catholic world, end its love affair with dependency on the secular state? As long as Catholic operations seek "charity" and feigned "fairness" from the state, the state will exercise its coercive nature to limit the actual charitable works these operations ought to be free to perform. Reform is demanded if the Church is so weak that it cannot stand without the prop of the state.