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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1995
In your article "When Church and Medicine Clash" (Feb. 2), there is a serious misrepresentation of Catholic teaching and practice. In several places this article wrongly implies or states that Catholics are obliged to do everything possible to sustain life and must even limit pain medication if it would shorten the life of a dying person. This seriously misrepresents Catholic teaching and practice. Catholic medical ethics has been reflecting on such questions for over four centuries and there is an unwavering tradition.
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April 22, 2014
Re "The Hoag Hospital compact," Editorial, April 18 There are moments when even nonprofit hospitals break the moral compact they have with the people they serve. Such a moment is playing out for Hoag Hospital as it discontinues legal elective abortion services to seal its partnership with the Roman Catholic St. Joseph Health System. Even state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris' deal to ensure that Hoag refers women to elective abortion providers doesn't make Hoag's actions smell a whole lot sweeter.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
A word of caution: If you are a woman of child-bearing age, Catholic hospitals may be hazardous to your health. Why? Because Catholic-affiliated hospitals, which now account for one of every nine acute-care hospital beds in the country, aren't allowed to provide the medically accepted standard of care if it conflicts with Catholic teachings. This can include denying a rape victim morning-after pills. Or refusing to give abortions for ectopic or molar pregnancies, which are not viable and may threaten the mother's health or life.
NATIONAL
January 2, 2014 | By David G. Savage and Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - The intensifying Supreme Court clash over whether birth control should be required under President Obama's signature healthcare law has revealed just how deep divisions remain between administration officials and Catholic leaders over where to draw the line between religious freedom and women's reproductive rights. After more than two years of negotiations, a compromise that satisfies everyone appears out of reach, likely leaving the matter for high court justices to decide later this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2001
Re "Bishops Ban Sterilization Services at All Catholic-Affiliated Hospitals," June 16: It is remarkable that the Catholic Church is still considered to represent some sort of moral authority. By ending voluntary surgical sterilization (a popular and effective form of preventing unwanted births) in its affiliated hospitals, the church positions itself as promoting over-population, the largest threat to humanity's continued existence. Human overpopulation either directly causes or seriously exacerbates most of today's major problems, including poverty, resource depletion, the spread of disease, pollution, famine, extinction, climate change, rain forest destruction, desertification and others.
NATIONAL
June 28, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley has ended a joint venture between a hospital system founded by the archdiocese and a Missouri-based health insurer, fearing it linked Catholic hospitals too closely to abortion providers. O'Malley has been criticized for allowing Caritas Christi Health Care to partner with Centene Corp., which covers abortion services. With the decision, Caritas will still provide healthcare to patients, including those covered by Centene -- though it won't provide services that violate Catholic teachings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1999 | GEORGE G. HIGGINS, Msgr. George G. Higgins, a priest based in Washington, D.C., is the former director of the Social Action Department of the U.S. Catholic Conference, the social policy arm of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops
Do Catholic hospitals and other Catholic institutions apply the church's core teachings when dealing with their employees and the broader community? That question will be a major topic for discussion when thousands of Catholics from across the country meet in Los Angeles beginning Thursday at Jubilee Justice, a once-a-century Catholic gathering. The church has long had a mission of working for justice and for strong, self-reliant families and communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1999 | GEORGE RAMOS and HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Representatives of organized labor and sympathetic ministers Sunday took to the pulpit throughout the Southland to remind worshipers that there are workers on this Labor Day who are still fighting for the right to organize and to get better working conditions. The spreading of the labor "gospel" was part of an effort by an interfaith group to underscore what it says is the theological basis in the struggle for workers' rights.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2012 | By Laurie McGinley, Washington Bureau
The Obama administration announced Friday that it would give Catholic hospitals and other religious institutions an extra year to comply with a new requirement that most health plans provide contraceptive benefits at no cost to their members. The administration, however, held fast to the mandate that most health plans eventually offer free contraception. That infuriated Roman Catholic bishops and some other religious leaders who had vigorously opposed the rule as a violation of their religious liberty.
NEWS
June 16, 2001 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops firmly declared Friday that sterilization is "intrinsically evil" and will no longer be permitted at Catholic-affiliated hospitals. The ethical and religious directives were prompted by Vatican objections to what were seen as loopholes in cooperative agreements with the many non-Catholic hospitals that have been purchased by Catholic health care chains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
A word of caution: If you are a woman of child-bearing age, Catholic hospitals may be hazardous to your health. Why? Because Catholic-affiliated hospitals, which now account for one of every nine acute-care hospital beds in the country, aren't allowed to provide the medically accepted standard of care if it conflicts with Catholic teachings. This can include denying a rape victim morning-after pills. Or refusing to give abortions for ectopic or molar pregnancies, which are not viable and may threaten the mother's health or life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
Everyone knows that Catholic hospitals don't perform elective abortions. Incomprehensibly, Catholic hospitals even fall afoul of the church if they perform an abortion to save a mother's life . But are they negligent if they fail to merely inform a pregnant woman that abortion is the safest option when her health is in danger and her fetus faces certain death? And that if she wants an abortion, she should seek help elsewhere? That's the crux of the issue in a negligence lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of Tamesha Means, a Michigan woman whose local hospital treated her with Tylenol and sent her home twice after her water broke 18 weeks into her pregnancy.
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June 21, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
In a most underhanded and insidious way, women's reproductive health rights in California were dealt a significant blow last month. That was when the availability of elective abortions at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, one of Orange County's elite medical centers, was abruptly ended. The ban on abortions was imposed by Hoag administrators effective May 1, shortly after the hospital entered a corporate partnership with St. Joseph Health System, a Roman Catholic chain with five hospitals in Orange County.
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops lashed out at Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, saying he was wrong in the way he described a healthcare mandate that would require contraceptive services for employees of some Catholic institutions. The statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was the latest volley in a heated fight between the Catholic Church and the Obama administration over a mandate published early this year by the Department of Health and Human Services -- a battle that the church has framed as a struggle for religious freedom.
NEWS
April 8, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
Airing on Easter and Passover, the Sunday morning news talk shows used the occasion to explore the religious questions and controversies that could emerge in the presidential election. On “Face the Nation,” Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan said he hoped that if Mitt Romney were to become the Republican nominee for president, that his Mormon faith would not prove a liability. “There may be reasons not to vote for Mitt Romney as president of the United States,” Dolan told host Bob Schieffer.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
Even as angry Catholic leaders vow to fight a new federal requirement that most employers include contraceptives in their health insurance coverage, the Obama administration believes any political damage will be limited because it's on the side of women's rights. Democratic strategists think voters who oppose President Obama because of the birth-control rule wouldn't have voted for him anyway. The strategists think most Catholic women — like most other American women — believe that birth control should be affordable and available.
NEWS
January 31, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
In its essence, Rick Santorum's pitch to voters boils down to this: I am the only true conservative in the race and the only candidate who is not compromised on the single most important issue of the 2012 presidential election -- the repeal of President Obama's healthcare reform law. Santorum arrived precisely at 10 a.m. Tuesday to address a crowd of about 200 at a suburban golf club half an hour from Denver. Wearing his trademark sweater vest, Santorum began his talk with a rousing call to defend what he described as an assault on the freedom of Americans at the hands of the Obama administration.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2012 | By Laurie McGinley, Washington Bureau
The Obama administration announced Friday that it would give Catholic hospitals and other religious institutions an extra year to comply with a new requirement that most health plans provide contraceptive benefits at no cost to their members. The administration, however, held fast to the mandate that most health plans eventually offer free contraception. That infuriated Roman Catholic bishops and some other religious leaders who had vigorously opposed the rule as a violation of their religious liberty.
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