Catholic Hospitals Break with Bishops

From today’s New York Times:

The cynical way to look at this is the hospitals are willing to be flexible b/c more insured patients means they’ll get paid for their services more often. But I think it makes good ethical sense to live w/ the Senate language, speaking as a Catholic. I dislike abortion but take a less puritanical view than the Conference of Bishops. What they should work towards is a legal ban if they can get one. In the meantime its a legal procedure. We shouldn’t use disdain for it to hold up reforms that could help millions of Americans, including many uninsured pregnant women that may not be getting proper care for their unborn fetuses and children whose parents don’t have healthcare. I am sure those are larger numbers than the number of fetuses that get aborted and, to quote Mr. Spock, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.


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