Power of Story Send a Tweet        
- Advertisement -

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 1 Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 12 (14 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   7 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

In the Court of Public Opinion: ACLU vs. USCCB

By       Message Thomas Farrell       (Page 1 of 3 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 2   Interesting 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Author 38575
Become a Fan
  (21 fans)
- Advertisement -

From http://www.flickr.com/photos/15731869@N05/10597765245/: Catholic Bishops
Catholic Bishops
(Image by michael_swan)
  Permission   Details   DMCA

(Article changed on December 10, 2013 at 06:46)

Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) December 9, 2013: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a federal lawsuit against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) regarding their ethical directives for Catholic hospitals. The ACLU lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Michigan woman, Tamesha Means.

- Advertisement -

Formally, the USCCB directives are known as "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services," fifth edition (2009).

However, long before this lawsuit goes to trial, it is already on trial in the court of public opinion.

THE NEWS STORY IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

- Advertisement -

On December 2, 2013, the New York Times published a news story by Erik Eckholm titled "Bishops Sued Over Anti-Abortion Policies at Catholic Hospitals."

In his story Eckholm cites John M. Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, as saying that the USCCB directives "were more nuanced than critics allege, allowing for actions to treat a woman at risk even if that treatment might result in the loss of the fetus."

Nevertheless, Eckholm does not quote the relevant directive.

So I will quote it here: "47. Operations, treatments, and medications that have as their direct purpose the cure of a proportionately serious pathological condition of a pregnant woman are permitted when they cannot be safely postponed until the unborn child is viable, even if they will result in the death of the unborn child."

This directive is also not quoted in the complaint filed by the ACLU lawyers.

THE EDITORIAL IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

- Advertisement -

On December 8, 2013, the New York Times' Editorial Board weighed in with the editorial "When Bishops Direct Medical Care." But the Editorial Board does not give any evidence of being familiar with the directive I just quoted.

In any event, I will give some direct quotes here to highlight their editorial.

QUOTE (1): "These [USCCB] directives, which oppose abortion, inevitably collide with a hospital's duty to provide care to women in medical distress."

COMMENT (1): But has this supposedly inevitable collision been established beyond a reasonable doubt?

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

- Advertisement -

Must Read 2   Interesting 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Was the Indian Jesuit Anthony de Mello Murdered in the U.S. 25 Years Ago? (BOOK REVIEW)

Who Was Walter Ong, and Why Is His Thought Important Today?

More Americans Should Live Heroic Lives of Virtue (Review Essay)

Martha Nussbaum on Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (Book Review)

Hillary Clinton Urges Us to Stand Up to Extremists in the U.S.

Matthew Fox's Critique of the Roman Catholic Church