Kresta in the Afternoon – December 3, 2013 – Hour 1

+  ACLU lawsuit aims at Church ethical directives on hospital policies

  • Description: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), claiming that the ethical directives issued by the American bishops are responsible for negligence in the care of a woman treated in a Michigan Catholic hospital. Tamesha Means, who reportedly suffered damaging infections during a troubled pregnancy that ended in miscarriage, should have been advised to abort the child, the ACLU argues. The lawsuit claims that officials at Mercy Health Muskegon, a Catholic hospital, failed to provide the woman with the best medical options because of restrictions imposed on Catholic hospitals by the USCCB’s ethical directives. The ACLU case has important implications for the American health-care system overall, since 13% of the hospitals in the US operate under the auspices of the Catholic Church. We get analysis from Dr. John Haas of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
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+  Kresta Comments - The ACLU and Religious Liberty

+  Kresta Comments - Approaching the Anniversary of the Newtown Massacre

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