February 6, 2012 |
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.
January 31, 2012 |
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.
January 20, 2012 |
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.
July 3, 2010 |
A woman arrives at the hospital with a condition called pulmonary hypertension. The arteries supplying her lungs are unable to deliver enough blood, which threatens their ability to delivery oxygen throughout her body. Making matters worse, she is 11 weeks pregnant, which puts additional strain on her weakened body. If the pregnancy continues, the woman surely will die. This was the situation confronting doctors last November at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
June 28, 2009 |
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
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.