Federal Judge: No Contraception for Employees of Catholic Institutions

According to the Boston Globe, a federal judge in Oklahoma City has granted nearly 200 Catholic employers an injunction to temporarily prevent the US government from “forcing” them to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. Here’s the complete post. Noteworthy is the judge’s commentary that members of the Catholic Benefits Association, which filed the lawsuit in read more…

Judge Says Eastside Catholic Firing of Gay Vice Principal Case Should Proceed

Both the Issaquah Reporter and National Catholic Reporter have stories out today about the decision by Judge Catherine Shaffer, who denied a motion to dismiss the case filed against Eastside Catholic by former vice principal Mark Zmuda against the school and the Archdiocese of Seattle.  It’s going to be a very interesting suit, with implications read more…

A WA Muslim Imam’s Advice about Women? Beat Them

In doing research for CatholicWatch, I wanted to help people understand what will happen as we allow religion to drive and control medical decisionmaking.  Jehovah’s Witness adherents don’t believe in blood transfusions, Rastafarians don’t believe in amputations, other religions refuse to allow the use of porcine-based (pig) medicines, etc. A medical system governed by religion read more…

Washington Hospital Policies Decoded – Master List Updated as of April 1

WAhospitalpolicies is an Excel file that summarizes hospital policies submitted to the Washington Department of Health.  You can view this as an HTML table here. Wherever possible, I’ve also researched applicable policies on hospital web sites in order to determine what services are available.  You can also check for the latest updates directly at the DOH read more…