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Tue Oct 20, 2015, 08:21 PM

If You Are Pregnant, Stay Away From Catholic Hospitals

If you're pregnant, and can choose which hospital to go to, do not go to a Catholic one. I'm serious. It is finally coming to light that Catholic hospitals are systematically denying pregnant women essential health care, even when their life is at stake. Itís unethical, illegal, and just plain wrong.

One horrifying recent example is Jessica Mannís story. While Mrs. Mann was pregnant with her third child, her doctors explained to her that, because she had preexisting brain tumors, a subsequent pregnancy could kill her. They highly recommended that when she delivers her baby she get a tubal ligation to prevent another pregnancy, and that she do so at the same to time as she delivers her baby to avoid the serious (and completely unnecessary) risk to her health that would be caused by a second procedure. Even when brain tumors or other health concerns arenít a factor, the safest and best time for a woman to have a tubal ligation is immediately after delivery while she is still in the hospital.

Mrs. Mannís OB/GYN is trained and willing to tie her tubes, but the Catholic hospital where Mrs. Mann planned to deliver ó and where she delivered her other children ó is prohibiting Mrs. Mannís doctor from performing the procedure because of religious rules written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that govern what care the hospital will offer to patients. Those rules, called the Ethical and Religious Directives, apply even when the patientís doctor says that the care is medically necessary.

Catholic hospitals also routinely put the health of women suffering from miscarriages at risk, as well. That is exactly what happened to Tamesha Means. Ms. Means was in the middle of her pregnancy, looking forward to having another child, when her water broke. She rushed to the only hospital emergency room in her area ó which happened to be a Catholic one ó and she was turned away three times despite being in excruciating pain and eventually developing a life-threatening infection. The pregnancy was doomed, but because of the Bishopsí Ethical and Religious Directives, the hospital never told her that, giving her false hope that she could go on to have a healthy baby. The hospital also never told her that she was putting her life at risk by not terminating the pregnancy. Ms. Means finally started to deliver while she was being sent home for the third time. Thatís when the hospital finally decided to treat her.

Sadly, these arenít isolated incidents. Today, one in nine hospital beds is in Catholic-affiliated institutions that receive public money, but which abide by the Ethical and Religious Directives when providing medical care. That just isnít right. Patients ought to be able to rest assured that their care is determined by their doctorís best judgment, not someone elseís religious views, particularly when the hospital receives public funds.

http://www.refinery29.com/2015/10/95984/catholic-hospitals-pregnancy-lawsuits-tubes-tied-aclu

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Reply If You Are Pregnant, Stay Away From Catholic Hospitals (Original post)
cleanhippie Oct 2015 OP
Yorktown Oct 2015 #1
cleanhippie Oct 2015 #2
Yorktown Oct 2015 #3
cleanhippie Oct 2015 #4
Yorktown Oct 2015 #5
cleanhippie Oct 2015 #6
Yorktown Oct 2015 #7
cleanhippie Oct 2015 #8
Yorktown Oct 2015 #9

Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Wed Oct 21, 2015, 02:36 AM

1. Blame the lawmakers

 

In most of Europe (with the possible exceptions of Ireland and Poland), in the cases above,

the Catholic hospitals would be sent to court by the equivalent of a D.A.,

and, if it was part of a pattern, would face being closed down.


Insanity like 'the Ethical and Religious Directives' needs to be reined in by the Law.

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Response to Yorktown (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 21, 2015, 10:31 AM

2. The RCC could be reigned in by the Laity, but instead they give a giant "meh".

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 21, 2015, 12:04 PM

3. the Catholic Church should rather give a giant "meh-a culpa".

 

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Response to Yorktown (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 21, 2015, 12:05 PM

4. There's a better chance of Jesus' Second Coming happening first.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 21, 2015, 12:07 PM

5. Jesus' Second Coming?

 

Jesus' Second Coming?

Is it blasphemy if I mention it sounds like the title of a porn flick?

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Response to Yorktown (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 21, 2015, 12:37 PM

6. I must admit

I was tempted to spell it differently, but the alert trolls would've been all over it.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 21, 2015, 12:38 PM

7. Alert troll? Never heard of those.

 

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Response to Yorktown (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 21, 2015, 12:40 PM

8. It's very shyster-like behavior.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 21, 2015, 12:49 PM

9. Whoever they might be, they should invoke the Fifth

 

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