ACLU Says Christians Should Be Forced to Perform Abortions

aclu3In a startling lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has stated that employees of a Catholic hospital group should be required to perform abortions, even if that procedure violates their religious views.

Similar lawsuits have been filed by the ACLU here in Washington State, against Skagit Regional Health Clinic and the East Jefferson County Hospital in Port Townsend.

Trinity Health, which operates 86 health clinics in 21 states, including four clinics in the Pacific Northwest, was sued by the ACLU in October, when the group claimed that the group was “denying appropriate emergency care to women.”  Despite the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops prohibiting Catholics from terminating a pregnancy, the ACLU claims that the group has no legal protection to hide behind their rights of conscience.  Further, the lawsuit claims that Trinity’s refusal to provide abortions is a violation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, a federal statute that, among other things, aims to ensure that emergency healthcare is not to be denied because of a patient’s inability to pay.

Read the lawsuit in its entirety here.

Trinity Health is being defending by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a national partner of the Family Policy Institute of Washington.  ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot said Thursday that, “not only is there no law that requires faith-based hospitals and medical personnel to commit such acts against their faith and conscience, federal law directly prohibits the government from engaging in any such coercion. Similarly, the government cannot tie any funding to a requirement that hospitals and health care workers give up their constitutionally protected freedoms.”

You can read more about Alliance Defending Freedom’s positioning in the case here.


10 replies
  1. shoes
    shoes says:

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  2. caphilly
    caphilly says:

    As an RN I find this ridiculous!
    There are always plenty of employees in hospitals and clinics who will perform or assist in abortion without mandating it!! This government is getting way too BIG and invasive. Catholic Hospitals have been dealing with this for MANY years and have always able to take care of everyone’s birth control / abortion needs without imposing on Christian beliefs. “If it’s not broken – don’t’ fix it! It’s already working out just fine!”

  3. donna
    donna says:

    Even cats are smarter than the ACLU…they don’t use their box where they eat…ACLU ruins their own country. It’s not about rights without responsibility; it’s 50-50 give and take to live in a society, it isn’t about how far you can prove you can go by suing to change laws that are not for the betterment of the greater good of the country, it’s about being a voice for those who truly need help; now you have completely degraded your cause, gone so far overboard it’s disgusting. Poor kids who are not really gay who grow up thinking no one will love them and forego falling in love to have some strange life. You are a sad pitiful group. Abortionists-one less child to get to go to school…We don’t need to go to church to know right and wrong-you are just sick and weird and wrong.

  4. K Mossman
    K Mossman says:

    I’m ashamed and embarrassed to still live in Washington State. What an awful example of morals and values this so called governor has. I pity him.

    • Concrete Brad
      Concrete Brad says:

      Don’t be worried.

      Come next January, with a Republican governor and legislature, we’ll be just like Idaho!


  5. Philip Irvin
    Philip Irvin says:

    I am a trans-professional. I self-identify as the governor of Washington and should use my self-identified authority to overturn this policy.

  6. Tionico
    Tionico says:

    Interesting the lawsuit trying to force people to perorm abortions agains ttheir moral beliefs relies on an emergency care law for its “authority”. In NO CASE EVER is abortion an emergency proceedure, IN fact according to most honest medical practitioners, abortion is NEVER truly “necesary” even to save the life of the mother. Ron Paul testified before a Senata COmmiteedd that in forty years of ObGyn practic,e he never once sae, heard of, or read about one case where killing the not yet born child was medically necessary. So exactly HOW is the refuasal to murder an unborn baby an “emergency proceedure” and thus mandated under the law cited?

  7. Jill Davidson
    Jill Davidson says:

    Except that it is offensive to compare a gender to a plant. Men and women are not plants. Gender is not a species, nor is it an age. You are distracting from the issue you are trying to make about gender.

    • Tionico
      Tionico says:

      Jill it seems the link on the gener-confused article leads to a different post on forced abortion services… thus your response to the gender voconfused post ended up with the forced abortiin aticle. In any case, the point of thie gender vonfusion article is NOT to “compare” plants and gender. No, the point is that when men rise up, shake their fist at God and swy GOD< YOU BLEW IT, I am NOT the creation YOU made thus I wil make myself as I please in spite of YOUR work", there is no end to where that can go. The whole sodomite, gender confused, age confused, race confused, nonsense is rebellion against what God has created.
      The point of the whole fern identity question is "where is the limit?" We see males refusing to be males, deciding instead to "be" female, or at least becoming sexually involved wiht other males as if they were female, or the other was. Or older people deciding they've taken a quarter as many trips round the sun as they really have. Wait for the sevenyear old boy who now thinks he's twenty seven, wants to drive himself to work and buy a house and buy a handgun to carry for his protection. With this line of thinking WHERE ARE THE LIMITS? So, if a male can shake his fist at God and declare himeslf female, despite what he and everyone else sees when they look "down there" when his clithes are off, hw is that different, in principl,e from the same man deciding he's six years old and wants to start kindergarten, or that he's a dog and wants to mate with that cute lab down the street, or a gorilla and wants to move to Azmbesiland and move in with them, or he wants to be a fern up in the Hoh River Rainforest?

      It goes back to an impeachpent trial we all watched wiht disgust and amusement some years back.. then the main subject of the trial famously stated "it all depends on what the meaning of "is" is". He got ONE word right in that sentence.. the word "depends". His mental acumen reveals that he probably wears them on a regular basis. Senility can do strange things. We used to institutionalise these sorts. Instead, we now let them walk into the showerrooms, the very ones that, ten years ago would have gotten one arrested for entering, and now will punish those who belong there for their "intolerance" of the misfit who should not be there.

      Next some dogs will be filing anti-discriminatoin lawsuits against the housekeeper for "discriminating against, and being phobic over" the brown piles of smelly stuff the dogs like to leave lying randomly about on the carpet in the livingroom. Same principle. Its only a matter of degree separating those two types of "discrimination".


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