Religious beliefs: Banned by University of California.
The modern dark age: The Board of Regents of the University of California (UC) on June 23, 2021 voted to end its affiliation with all Catholic hospitals if they do not agree to perform “abortions, euthanasia, assisted suicide and the direct sterilization of patients,” in direct violation of their Christian religious beliefs.
The policy states that UC physicians practicing at a sectarian hospital must be permitted to provide any treatment at that location to a patient who can’t be safely transferred to another facility — even if the treatment would violate religious restrictions. Affiliated hospitals will have until Dec. 31, 2023, to comply with the policy, or the affiliation agreement must be canceled.
“We know that transfers are not always in the patient’s interest”, board Chair John A. Pérez, who crafted the key language approved by the board, said after the board’s meeting, conducted remotely Wednesday afternoon. [emphasis mine]
Do you see the lie in the highlighted words? All of these treatments are optional, and can be scheduled. I can see almost no medical issue preventing the safe transfer of a patient from of a Catholic hospital in order to get one of these procedures. In fact, I can’t even see a reason for any patient who wants an “abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, or direct sterilization” to even be in a Catholic hospital.
The only reason the university’s Board of Regents has for imposing such a rule is to either force Catholics to violate their religious beliefs, or to get such religious hospitals blackballed from serving any patients,. and thus in the long run destroy them as institutions.
As noted by the Alliance of Catholic Healthcare,
“Dissolving these partnerships would disenfranchise health care access for millions of health inequity-impacted Californians, doing an enormous disservice to our state’s goal of expanding health care access for the underserved.” The Catholic “health systems operate 51 acute care hospitals in California, which represent nearly 15% of all hospitals and over 16% of the hospital beds in the state,” the statement also said. “In many cases, these partnerships represent the only locally available care of its kind.”
Catholic hospitals are especially important in rural areas, the statement pointed out. UC’s disengagement would leave these communities without quality healthcare.
Note that UC has a lot of political backing in imposing these rules. The government of California, controlled almost completely by today’s very radical Democratic Party, is gung-ho to make these procedures frequent and accepted as normal, even though they all involve imposing some form of death or harm on patients.
The Catholic church and its hospital system now face a choice. Either it can stand up to this bullying action and affirm its beliefs, or it can kow-tow to these rules and abandon the religion that is the foundation of its existence. Based on this Church’s recent track record, it will kowtow.
Not that this will matter. The goal of the blacklisters is to destroy all moral teaching as represented by all religious institutions. Once they succeed on this one point they will simply ramp up the pressure, eventually moving to ban these teachings directly.
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