A Catholic hospital in Colorado argued in a court of law that fetuses are not people. Yes, you read that correctly.
Whether or not you agree with that position is one thing. Whether or not you agree that they look like blatant hypocrites is another.
Catholic Health Initiatives, the nonprofit that runs that facility, St. Thomas More Hospital, and 170 others, says their mission is to “nurture the healing ministry of the Church” and to be guided by “fidelity to the Gospel.”
Non-natural birth control and abortions are forbidden. “Catholic health care ministry witnesses to the sanctity of life ‘from the moment of conception until death,’” the [U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops] directives state. “The Church’s defense of life encompasses the unborn.”
Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cañon City on New Year’s Day 2006. She was vomiting and short of breath and she passed out as she was being wheeled into an examination room. Medical staff tried to resuscitate her but, as became clear only later, a main artery feeding her lungs was clogged and the clog led to a massive heart attack. Stodghill’s obstetrician, Dr. Pelham Staples, who also happened to be the obstetrician on call for emergencies that night, never answered a page. His patient died at the hospital less than an hour after she arrived and her twins died in her womb.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Stodghill’s husband Jeremy, a prison guard, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit [...]
But when it came to mounting a defense in the Stodghill case, Catholic Health’s lawyers effectively turned the Church directives on their head. Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.
So since the fetuses were not “born alive,” they were not considered to be “persons.” So much for all that personhood talk. These particular fetuses were not given the same legal status as the ones in the Sanctity of Human Life Act, a bill that Paul Ryan co-sponsored that gives full legal rights to human zygotes from the moment of fertilization.
But only because they couldn’t win a court case.
The legal arguments presented will undoubtedly spark a new round of endless debate, mainly because the hypocrisy of their legal defense is pretty jaw-dropping.
Moral of the story: Self-serving, cover-your-ass legal solutions trump religious beliefs and piety, even though money is supposed to be the root of all evil… except in cases where you stand to lose a major lawsuit. Then all that Cells, Zygotes, and Fetuses Are People Too talk goes right out the window.
Earlier I posted Paul Ryan’s mom is “on something that he wants to destroy”: Medicare. His budget would destroy the middle class. Apparently, Paul “Eddie Haskell” Ryan’s own former parish priest is concerned that the Ryan budget proposal that Willard Romney supports (or doesn’t, then does, then doesn’t, then does) will hurt the poor.
And Ryan’s praise and reliance on Ayn Rand’s values aren’t sitting too well either. Ryan:
“I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are and what my beliefs are. It inspired me so much that it’s required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff.”
[T] the priest who presides over the archways and the towering steeple of the Nativity of Mary says that Ryan’s interpretation of Catholic teaching in national budgetary matters and his prospective vice presidential role have him “worried.” Father Stephen Umhoefer told the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) that he supports a role for religion in the public square, but that Ryan‘s austerity budget and proposed steep cuts in social programs are inconsistent with the Catholic teachings that Ryan cites to justify the policies. [...]
For Umhoefer, the test of the budget is a simple one: “The first question is how does this affect the poor. And everything else follows from that. That doesn’t mean it’s a Republican or Democrat [question] — you could argue that. But the primary question is how does this affect the poor?”
Umhoefer said that Ryan’s lack of attention to the poor and the emphasis on individualism espoused by role models such as Ayn Rand concerned him. “Paul would say that the only way to save the country from a coming [fiscal] disaster is ‘follow my plan.’” But according to Umhoefer, the problem is “you can’t tell somebody that in ten years your economic situation is going to be just wonderful because meanwhile your kids may starve to death.” [...]
But sometimes we need to be rescued: “You can’t just pack your own heat and protect your own building,” he cautioned.
The GOP is out for nobody but themselves. They’re willing to throw the poor and middle class under the bus in order to enrich each other and their corporate cronies. America’s health and well being matter very little, but profits and creating a class system apparently matter a whole lot.
It’s disheartening and maddening to see how little they think of their fellow citizens while wrapping themselves in the flag, projecting their own failings onto the Democratic party, and systematically destroying the country they claim to love so much.
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