Pro-abortion and anti-fertility advocates in Kentucky continue to wage battle against a merger in which Catholic hospitals are graciously bailing out the failing University Hospital in Louisville. The anti-life advocates want to force the Catholic owned entity to facilitate abortions, sterilizations and the like.
The merger would combine Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Hospitals with University Hospital.
University officials insist “the merger is a financial necessity. They don’t have a backup plan to remain financially stable if it isn’t approved.” The Catholic hospitals in this merger are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the effort to make the hospital facilities better and to offer real medical care in a better way to the community.
And yet, the only thing that pro-abortion activitsts can do is clamor for abortion and sterilization. Governmental and non-governmental pro-abortion extremists are in an uproar about the prospect that this new entity, which the Catholic hospitals will pay handily for to own a large majority of, will actually abide by Catholic practice and not perform abortions, sterilizations or the like.
They even had a committee hearing yesterday in the Kentucky General Assembly on this issue, complete with a grilling of merger officials about where, o! where, will people get their anti-life and anti-fertility procedures!
What’s worse, the attack was led in the Assembly side by a so-called Catholic, State Rep. Tom Burch, who “opposes the merger for the same reason” as pro-abortion activists do and who declared that “As a conscientious Catholic, I have an obligation to my constituents and to the people of Kentucky (to see that) that they do not fall under dictates that they do not believe in.”
Aren’t you glad that there are Catholic politicians out there willing to take a stand for death and barrenness!
Thankfully, the Diocese of Louisville is headed by a great man. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville is Vice President of the USCCB and has been a national champion on social issues, in particular on marriage. The Archbishop declared very clearly and calmly that “If something calls itself a Catholic ministry, it is the responsibility of the bishop to ensure as best we can that that indeed is an accurate title.”
In his article in the archdiocesean paper on August 5, Archbishop Kurtz added poignantly: “Does it truly serve the common good to require us or any health care provider to violate important issues of conscience or principle in order to provide for the health of persons within our community?”
News articles indicate that members of the University, such as doctors at the med school, are not themselves being merged so they will plan to do their anti-life and anti-fertility procedures elsewhere. Even that, however, isn’t enough for pro-death extremists. They want to force the Catholic entities to participate, on the Catholic hospital’s dime.