Catholic Hospitals Under Media Assault Over Abortion

As the mainstream media blows its trumpets in support of abortion, its attention and anger has turned towards Catholic hospitals which do not perform these procedures.

Both the federal government and corporate media have taken to vilifying Catholic medical institutions for their so-called denial of “basic health care.” This despite long standing belief among the faithful that abortion is in extreme opposition to their faith.

There is no denying the importance of the facilities, with over 600 hospitals and 1,600 others that provide long-term care and other services. The Catholic Health Association reports that one out of every seven hospital patients gets treatment at a Catholic institution.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, under its Ethical and Religious Directives, generally forbids abortion.

But the left cannot tolerate dissent, as has been shown even before the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Since the unprecedented leak of the high court’s draft decision earlier this year, there have been rhetorical and physical attacks on pregnancy resource centers and even churches.

Some of the venom is coming from the White House.

It was midsummer when the Biden administration laid down the gauntlet. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a revision to the Affordable Care Act in order to mandate Catholic hospitals comply with the abortionists.

Abortions and so-called “gender-affirming” treatments would be forced onto hospitals of faith. The means would be the altering of the definition of “discrimination on the basis of sex.”

The move would add “discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions.” Those conditions cover “pregnancy termination.”

Over 74,000 comments were registered by HHS on the proposed rule change before submissions were closed Oct. 3. Counter to the Catholic hospitals and their faith-based stance, of course, is Planned Parenthood.

The abortion organization, on the same day that HHS announced its proposal, suggested that providers such as Catholic hospitals are somehow “systematic barriers.”

Planned Parenthood and its allies would rather have no hospitals available than Catholic-based care. Elective abortions are not an option at the facilities, and closing the doors is the only real alternative if the Biden White House gets its way.