St. Louis Could Lose All Its Catholic Hospitals

It’s a Promise

In December I noted:

President-elect Obama has stated publicly that he’ll sign the “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA) the minute it lands on his desk. I’d say that’s a pretty strong statement of support. Catholic Bishops have, just last week, stated that FOCA forces Catholic hospitals (and hence Catholic health-care providers) to perform abortions, which is profoundly against their religious tenets. They’ll shut down Catholic hospitals before they let this happen. Every single one of them.

And today, there is a follow-up in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

The Freedom of Choice Act failed to get out of subcommittee in 2004, but its sponsor is poised to refile it now that former Senate co-sponsor Barack Obama occupies the Oval Office.

A spokesman for Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the legislation “is among the congressman’s priorities. We expect to reintroduce it sooner rather than later.”

FOCA, as the bill is known, would make federal law out of the abortion protections established in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade ruling.

The legislation has some Roman Catholic bishops threatening to shutter the country’s 624 Catholic hospitals — including 11 in the Archdiocese of St. Louis — rather than comply.

That’s quite a game of “chicken”.  But what it’s not, is a threat to the health of the community.

How can you say that, you dolt! Well, watch my lips!

According to the Guttmacher Institute, there are 42 million abortions worldwide every year, 1.4 million in the U.S. alone. The FOCA threatens to add to this death total, by requiring hospitals to perform abortions on request, by permitting more partial birth abortions and by removing all requirements for parental notifications.  Even Snopes agrees with this (or at least does not refute these statements), even if it quibbles that the size of the increase in the number of abortions is unknowable.

In the meantime, the degradation in the quality of health care caused by the closing of up to a third of all hospitals is also unknowable.  But by means of comparison it’s also liable to be less than the degradation done as we move toward socialized health care.

The health-care industry is the largest employer in the U.S. It produces almost 17 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Yet the bill treats health care the way European governments do: as a cost problem instead of a growth industry. Imagine limiting growth and innovation in the electronics or auto industry during this downturn. This stimulus is dangerous to your health and the economy.

We already have some examples of how well this works.

Hospitals strong-armed by law to perform abortions is a great evil.  Closing hospitals to not let that happen is a burden for other hospitals and the medical professions.  Drifting (however quickly) towards any form of medicine that is dominated by the state and by political concerns is far worse than this burden.

So tell me.  Why are politicians so eager to pick the worst two of those three things?

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