The ACLU filed suit Friday against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their role in the shoddy treatment a pregnant woman received in a Catholic hospital in Michigan State.
It’s a landmark case, pitting the medical needs and rights of patients againt the assertion by the Catholic bishops that they have the right to impose religious-based rules that cause doctors to violate professional ethics and standards of care.
Here in Washington State, the ACLU is gathering evidence in cases where patients have been denied appropriate medical care because of the Catholic bishops Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care.
When three men claim the right to impose their rules on half the state, it’s a crisis, and that’s exactly what’s happening here in Washington State. Washington has three bishops, and according to Catholic dogma, these bishops have the right to impose their rules on all Catholic health care ministries. And they’re doing it.
Very recently, a woman in Washington suffered at the hands of the Catholic bishops in circumstances that are eerily similar to the case brought in Michigan. The Catholic bishops have her blood on their hands.
Physicians and patients are both starting to understand the very real implications of turning control of half our medical system over to religious extremists. Look for more cases to come. The second wave of abuse claims by victims of the Catholic Church will come not from children who were abused sexually but from patients who suffered needlessly through the handiwork of the Catholic bishops.