Sunday, January 2, 2011

What on earth are hospitals for?

Ophelia Benson has been posting tenaciously about this.

I don’t come at it wishing to debate (though I’m glad others do) abstruse and absurd Catholic dogma. I can’t for the life of me understand how they could seriously be putting this forward as a policy in the US in this century.

The purpose of hospitals is to reduce the suffering and save the lives of patients. It would be insane to license or insure a healthcare facility with an intentional danger or death policy. No facility, surely, could adopt this terrible policy, right? Catholic and other hospitals will of course come forward to say that they don’t have and have never had a policy to willfully refuse to save women's lives, right?


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