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Dec 03 2013

ACLU Sues Bishops on Behalf of Pregnant Woman Denied Care at Catholic Hospital

The ACLU has a press release on its lawsuit against the bishops, so I can just publish the whole thing here for your enlightenment and discussion. ACLU Sues Bishops on Behalf of Pregnant Woman Denied Care at Catholic Hospital Suit Claims Religious Directives Put Women’s Health at Risk December 2, 2013 CONTACT: 212-549-2666; [email protected] NEW …

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Nov 06 2013

Freedom is doing what you’re told

Sometimes the stupid is too grating to bear. On October 25th the Air Force Academy made a decision to allow cadets taking their honor code to opt out of saying “so help me God” at the end of the oath. Well I should hope so – it’s a federal institution, so obviously it shouldn’t be requiring …

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Feb 14 2013

Baroness Warsi will defend

The Telegraph rejoices at another paean to theocracy from “Baroness” Warsi. Baroness Warsi will defend the right of Christians, Muslims, Jews and others to publicly practise their faith insisting that “people who do God do good”. Her comments come in a speech in London marking the first anniversary of a landmark visit to the Vatican …

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Nov 16 2012

Part 3 of the Legion of Death’s “Directives”

The instructions. Prenatal diagnosis is not permitted when undertaken with the intention of aborting an unborn child with a serious defect. No matter what the defect. No matter how unable the parents are to deal with an infant born to suffer and then die. No matter how much futile suffering is in store for the infant. Those …

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Nov 16 2012

The ERD part 2

The US Catholic bishops’ orders to Catholic health care providers. Page 20 still. 28. Each person or the person’s surrogate should have access to medical and moral information and counseling so as to be able to form his or her conscience. The free and informed health care decision of the person or the person’s surrogate …

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Nov 16 2012

Start at the beginning

Now. Let’s be thorough about this. I need to understand the Ethical and Religious Directives – commonly and folksily called ERD – and just exactly how they function, and why. I need to know if and how and why anyone relevant (like, hospital administrations, and medical practitioners) considers them binding. I also need to know …

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Nov 15 2012

Hospital administrators interfered

More detail, from the full report by the National Women’s Law Center. the Study revealed four serious lapses in care resulting from religious restrictions: Doctors performed medically unnecessary tests, resulting in delays in care and additional medical complications for patients. These tests were done solely to address hospital administrators’ concerns that the treatment complied with religious …

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Nov 15 2012

It’s not just Ireland

I’ve been re-reading the National Women’s Law Center report on religious restrictions at hospitals that put women’s lives at risk, from January 2011. It’s about what happened to Savita Halappanavar last month and what happens to a significant (but unknown) number of women because of religious bullshit surrounding the termination of pregnancy. It’s about hospitals …

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Nov 13 2012

The bishops prattle of humility

The US Catholic bishops are chastened by their failure to impose their religious views on the electorate last week, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan lectured them yesterday on what to do about it. To think harder and realize that they should pay more attention to human well-being as opposed to pretended goddy mandates? Don’t be silly.

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Oct 15 2012

Mandatory bullying in the schools

Sometimes the ugliness is just suffocating, and also hard to believe. Take a good idea… On Mix It Up at Lunch Day, schoolchildren around the country are encouraged to hang out with someone they normally might not speak to. The program, started 11 years ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center and now in more …

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