Meddling Catholics

For historical reasons, some of the hospitals in BC, Canada are owned by the Catholic church. They are funded by the public health care system. However, they are granted a strange perk — the right to refuse to provide any service they consider immoral. This includes:

Not every Catholic hospital refuses every service that it could in theory deny.

This gets absurd. If a patient comes into emergency, they let them die rather than break one of the Catholic superstitions.

It is unconstitutional (violates freedom of religion) to impose Catholic religious superstitions on the patients, particularly when it kills them. The life of patients is more important than the religious superstitions of the hospital board.

How should the problem be fixed?

Imagine that the JWs (Jehovah’s Witnesses) also ran hospitals. Would we let them deny blood transfusions to the patients? Of course not. Running a hospital is no excuse to impose nutty religious superstitions on the patients.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)