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Obama administration considering ACLU’s request to mandate ‘emergency’ abortions at Catholic hospitals

November 04, 2010

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services is considering the American Civil Liberties Union’s request that the administration require religious hospitals to offer “emergency” abortions.

“We have acknowledged receipt of letters from the ACLU and an organization holding the opposite view, but have taken no other action,” said Ellen Griffith, spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “All we can say is that the matter is before us for consideration.”


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  • Posted by: - Dec. 23, 2010 10:30 AM ET USA

    The ACLU only steps up when it serves their agenda. Bishop Olmstead should be applauded for doing the moral thing, not belittled. This hospital chain has a series of bad decisions on its record, not just this one. (see American Life League). Interesting how the new Obamacare doesn't support abortion, but Medicare and Medicade folks think it should. If forced to consider this, the Faithful Hospitals could close their doors...15% of hospitals. What then folks? No medical care at all for some.

  • Posted by: voxfem - Nov. 04, 2010 9:07 PM ET USA

    What abortion could possibly be "emergency"?

  • Posted by: unum - Nov. 04, 2010 7:56 PM ET USA

    I believe the ACLU is taking advantage of an ill conceived statement by a bishop who had fully utilized the expertise available within the Church. His statement has been questioned by a number of Catholic health ethics groups that fully support The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Institutions (ERDs). Bishop Olmsted claims to be the authoritative voice on faith and morals in his Diocese. True, but, he is not a healthcare ethics expert.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Nov. 04, 2010 6:28 PM ET USA

    See what happens when "Catholics" vote for pro-abortion politicians! If Catholics had let their politicians know in no uncertain terms, after Roe v. Wade, that they would not vote for any "pro-choice" politicians we wouldn't be dealing with this horror today.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2010 6:17 PM ET USA

    An illustration of the totalitarian nature of the left...which the CCHD tries to make peace with--trying to find some way that they can support this ideology without getting in least for a few days.

  • Posted by: stpetric - Nov. 04, 2010 6:13 PM ET USA

    This might be a good time for our newly elected pro-life members of Congress to let their voices be heard. Mandated abortion is simply not acceptable; there is nothing to negotiate.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Nov. 04, 2010 6:11 PM ET USA

    Now that a majority of Catholic voters have gone for the Republicans in the midterm elections, reversing their pro-Obama behavior in the 2008 elections, look for more anti-Catholic actions like this one.