Originally published September 14 2015
Catholic hospital agrees to sterilize women to appease liberals destroying religious freedom
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) In the age of authoritarian political correctness, it has come to the point where even threats of legal action are enough to cause targeted entities to surrender basic beliefs and values, even at the cost of violating centuries-old tradition.
As reported by The Daily Caller, the American Civil Liberties Union has managed to compel a Catholic hospital in California to sterilize a woman with just the threat of a lawsuit, even though such procedures contravene church teachings about the preservation and sanctity of life.
The hospital, Mercy Medical, located in the liberal bastion of San Francisco, is operated as a subsidiary of Dignity Health, California's largest private health care provider. Rachel Miller, a woman who is scheduled to give birth by C-section in late September, also wanted her doctor to perform a tubal ligation following her birth, a procedure that would render her infertile.
However, Mercy hospital staff initially refused, explaining that as a Catholic institution, such a procedure violates centuries of belief and tradition.
It should also be noted that under the Constitution's First Amendment protection of religious liberty, the hospital – like most other Catholic hospitals around the country – has a right to act on its beliefs. Catholic dogma teaches that sterilization and other forms of birth control are sinful because they deliberately sabotage the procreative aspect of human sexuality, which is a violation of natural law.
Religious freedom doesn't apply any moreIn addition, the hospital's policies reflect the Catholic Church's teachings; doctors there are not permitted to perform abortions and do not engage in in vitro fertilization.
None of this mattered to Miller or the ACLU, which is supposedly a legal organization that supports constitutional rights.
Miller says that without Mercy's authorization for the sterilization procedure, she would be forced to travel 160 miles in order to get it. Instead, she sought the ACLU's intervention; in a letter to the hospital, ACLU attorney Elizabeth Gill argued that denying Miller's procedure was a violation of California law (sex discrimination) and as such, the organization was prepared to file a lawsuit against Mercy for refusing to provide "pregnancy-related care."
It should be noted that in most cases, women (and men) opt for sterilization procedures after the birth of their children because they have decided that they don't want to have any more kids. There is no "medical necessity" there in the real sense of the term (as in "to save a life"). Moreover, in the modern era, Catholic institutions' decisions to not provide sterilization and abortion services dates back a hundred years. Why is such a refusal on religious grounds now "illegal?"
We may never know the answers because the hospital has caved to the threat of a suit rather than opting to stand up for its principles. As noted by The Daily Caller:
In a post on the group's website, ACLU attorney Elizabeth Gill said she's happy the hospital will comply with Miller's request, but that the group won't be satisfied until all hospitals are forced to stop following Catholic doctrine.
"Rachel is lucky — she stood up for herself, and she is getting the health care that she and her doctor have decided is best for her," Gill said. "But as long as Catholic hospitals are allowed to apply the ethical and religious directives, many women will be denied care because Catholic bishops are telling medical professionals how to operate."
Culture of depopulation and deathActually, the centuries-old Catholic doctrine guides such decisions; bishops are merely the human conduit through which doctrine is administered and preserved.
None of this matters to the liberals, who continually seek to deny some Americans fundamental rights they don't agree with using the color of law, the courts, or a presidential executive order while claiming to be upholding the fundamental rights of others.
The fact that the issues of sterilization and abortion excite liberals does not come as any surprise, however, given the Left's vehement support of Planned Parenthood's grotesque, Nazi-like exploitation of aborted human babies; it's as though liberal dogma includes the concept of depopulation.
For example, as Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, reported in November 2014, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, a pro-vaccine organization, found that tetanus vaccines given to millions of young women in Kenya had been confirmed by laboratories to contain a sterilization chemical that causes miscarriages.
Abortion and sterilization on demand. Waging war on Christian religious faith and doctrine. Violating centuries of dogma and the U.S. Constitution in pursuit of narrow liberal pro-death policies.
Does this sound like the America our founders fought and died to create?
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