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The boys were frightened. Arriving at the hospital in a van about 7 a.m., they fidgeted in various examining rooms with their parents while the medical staff and rabbis prepared a nearby operating room for the morning's circumcisions. Finally a nurse summoned the first patient, a sturdy lad of 2 1/2 named Simon Elbaum. "This is what it means to be a Jew," explained his father, Boris. "It will be physical proof that he is Jewish." Thus Simon completed a religious obligation.
February 11, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
Catholic bishops say they remain opposed to President Obama's plan to require insurers to provide free birth control, even if religiously affiliated employers such as Catholic hospitals and universities aren't forced to pay for it. "The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for HHS [the Department of Health and Human Services] to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services," the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement. The statement, issued late Friday, makes clear that the bishops' opposition goes beyond the "religious freedom" dispute that had riled Washington in recent weeks.
February 15, 2012 | By Kim Geiger and Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
Since President Obama moved to require Catholic hospitals and universities to offer their employees contraceptive health benefits, Republicans have rushed to accuse the administration of an unprecedented attack on religious freedoms. None has been more forceful than former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who accused Obama of "a direct violation of the 1st Amendment. " But years before the current partisan firestorm, GOP lawmakers and governors around the country, including Huckabee, backed similar mandates.
February 18, 2001
Re "Bush Indeed Breaches Church-State Wall," Orange County Voices, Feb. 11: Judith F. Daar's column has reinforced my belief that many lawyers live in the land of Oz. Daar makes it sound as if no taxpayer dollars should end up in the coffers of religious organizations because that would violate the 1st Amendment. Isn't Daar aware that veterans have been using G.I. Bill funds to go to religious colleges where religion classes are taught, and that federal Medicare funds are paid to Catholic hospitals where nuns roam the rooms and corridors of the hospital praying for the patients?
May 9, 1996
St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica has joined forces with Daniel Freeman Hospital on a new community outreach program to promote better health. Called "Good Neighbors for a Healthier Community," the program's focus is preventing illness through education. Staff members at the two Catholic hospitals plan to target Westside cities as well as Inglewood and the South Bay area.
July 14, 2004 | From Associated Press
A group of California Catholic hospitals and the union representing 4,000 registered nurses reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract Tuesday. The proposed three-year deal would result in wage increases ranging from 18% to 29%, ban mandatory overtime and improve the nurses' pension and other benefits, said Chuck Idelson, spokesman for the California Nurses Assn.
November 3, 1987 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
The proportion of hospitals that don't offer abortion training to intern and resident physicians has increased dramatically since 1976 and women today should not assume their gynecologists have been formally taught to perform the procedure. While women in urban areas--where the majority of abortions are performed at specialized clinics--stand little risk of having an untrained doctor perform the procedure, the decrease in abortion training rates may have other public health implications.
June 3, 1986 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Catholic health professionals Monday released a set of sweeping recommendations to extend health care to the growing numbers of the poor, calling for an overhaul of the Medicaid program, taxing affluent hospitals to pay for services to the indigent, and encouraging greater involvement at the parish level to identify the health care needs of the underprivileged. The recommendations--released as part of a report by the Catholic Health Assn.
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony on Thursday urged the Board of Supervisors to reconsider severe budget cuts for public health services, warning that Los Angeles County is on the brink of a health care disaster of near pandemic proportions. The immediate impact of closing some county hospitals and community clinics in the face of a multimillion-dollar budget crisis would fall on the poor and indigent who are without medical insurance.
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