A reckless liberal attack on nation’s religious hospitals

October 13, 2010 06:03

Liberal elites are once again using health-care policy to advance one of their agenda items, this time on the abortion front. – Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum at Philly.com


The American Civil Liberties Union has launched an effort to force religious hospitals to provide abortions. The organization is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – which controls nearly $800 billion in President Obama’s latest budget – to force hospitals to provide abortions or lose federal funding.

The ACLU’s argument stands on flimsy legal ground, according to attorneys at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which has vowed to defend any hospital that comes under attack. First of all, the law in question clearly requires hospitals to safeguard “the health or safety of the woman or the unborn child.” So it’s no wonder that no court has declared that it requires religious hospitals to violate their conscience.

That won’t bother the ACLU’s friends in the Obama administration. In its early days, the administration began to throw out federal regulations that protect the consciences of health-care workers. Soon after, it began pressuring a religious school, Belmont Abbey College, to provide employees with insurance coverage that violates the school’s conscientious beliefs.


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