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ACLU Sues Catholic Hospital for Refusing Care to Pregnant Woman With Brain Tumor, Because Religion

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Hospital System Calls Itself ‘The Largest Catholic Health Ministry in the Country’

The ACLU is suing the largest Catholic health system in the world for its refusal last year to allow the simple yet essential procedure of tying the tubes of a pregnant woman who had a brain tumor to be performed. Because of its religion-based policies, Ascension Health and its subsidiary Genesys Health System allegedly refused to allow the tubal ligation to be performed during a C-section for Jessica Mann when she was pregnant with her third child. A tubal ligation would prohibit the woman from becoming pregnant in the future, but would also serve to help save her life during her pregnancy.

Ascension Health, which according to the lawsuit “receives billions of dollars each year in federal funding,” says it is has “more than 1,900 sites of care” and is the “nation’s leading non-profit and faith-based health system, offering personalized, compassionate care for all in 24 states and the District of Columbia.” It calls itself “the largest Catholic health ministry in the country,” and says it is “transforming healthcare around the world.”

Mann’s doctor recommended the tubal ligation because she has a brain tumor that could be life threatening, and pregnancy put unnecessary strain on it. Performing the sterilization procedure during a delivery is the safest and most effective way to do it because of the position the uterus is in after a woman gives birth.

The ALCU sent the hospital a letter before Mann’s delivery, when she was 34 weeks pregnant and searching for a new doctor. Mann’s doctor was unable to perform the surgery because she only had admitting privileges at Genesys hospital, which denied her request for an exception to the hospital’s religious ban.

“At a time when I should have been focused on getting ready to bring my baby into the world, I instead had to frantically search for a new doctor and a new hospital to get the care I needed to protect my life, because the local hospital where I had been a patient for fifteen years forbid it,” Mann said.

Mann was featured in an ACLU report about Catholic hospitals standing in the way of healthcare for Americans.

According to the ALCU, the hospital violated the Affordable Care Act’s regulation on sex discrimination by denying reproductive care to women.

Ascension Health adheres to the directives laid out by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). In addition to an almost blanket ban on tubal ligation, the directives ban surrogate parenting and fertility methods that don’t require intercourse to be effective. There is a blanket ban on abortion and contraception. Vasectomies are also not permitted.

According to the Catholic Health Association of the United States, one in six American patients is treated in a Catholic hospital. All states currently allow Catholic hospitals to operate with these directives in place.

The ACLU has asked for women to share similar experiences on their website. 

 

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'PRETTY TERRIFYING'

‘Bleakest Scenario’: Advisor to 4 Presidents Warns ‘All Hell Breaks Lose’ After 2024 Election

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One of the most experienced former White House staffers in America warned of the unraveling of America during a Saturday appearance on CNN.

David Gergen served as director of speechwriting for President Richard Nixon, communications director for Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, and counselor to the president under Bill Clinton.

CNN’s Pamela Brown said, “as someone who has advised so many presidents, who cares so much about American democracy, how concerned are you about the future U.S. elections with this backdrop of the ‘Big Lie’?”

“I’m very concerned,” Gergen replied.

“I think that we’re in more, we’re in potentially more danger than we were six months ago, a year ago. Listen, the bleakest scenario is that all the efforts that are being made now between Democrats and Republicans on where we’re going to go on the economy and pandemic, you know, that all these talks may collapse and we in government may be seen as dysfunctional,” he explained.

“The Republicans then use this in 2022 to take back the House and set themselves up for 2024. Trump could go on as crazy as he is now, he gets crazier as it goes along. You can see all this coming together at an outcome in 2024,” he continued.

“If Trump were to be re-elected, all hell is going to break loose in this country. On the other hand, if his supporters think it’s been stolen from him after 2024, all hell could break loose on that side, too. So I think we’re in pretty treacherous territory right now,” Gergen warned.

“Those are not very good options you just laid out there, David Gergen,” Brown said. “Pretty terrifying.”

 

 

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Steve Schmidt Warns on GOP Authoritarian Threat: ‘Democracy Cannot Survive’ When ‘The Lie and the Truth Stand Equally’

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Steve Schmidt, Lincoln Project co-founder and Republican strategist-turned-Democrat, expressed concern about the latest authoritarian attack leveled on the United States’ democracy as he urged Americans to push back against their threats.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Schmidt laid out the main issue with former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie.”

“The front of that fight is a space where the lie is confronted with the truth. That is the battleground. And it plays out in 1 million ways,” Schmidt said. “But a democracy cannot survive in a world where the lie and the truth stand equally. The system that we have is based on a compact that requires faith in belief and trust. It’s how we share power with people that we disagree with. We acknowledge that we live in a complex world where people have different perspectives.”

He continued, “And we have to accommodate those views. In the 21st century, I believe that there was a consensus that has unraveled in start really short period of time, that you can trace all the way back to the beginning of the country, in the name of political power — also, the same people claiming that they’re doing it in the name of freedom are seeing that that preservation of freedom means maintaining our power. Not necessarily abiding the results of the election. And when you get into that territory, you’re in a scary space.”

 

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Marjorie Taylor Green’s Chief of Staff Quits — Hours After Her Very Public Meltdown on the Capitol Steps

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) lost her most senior staffer on Friday after she made a scene on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

NBC News reported Greene “instigated a shouting match with a group of House Democrats who were holding an event outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday.”

Greene screamed that Democrats support “murder” for supporting abortion rights.

Following the incident, Greene announced that her chief of staff had “advised” her that he would no longer be working in her office.

“I want to thank my Chief of Staff, Patrick Parsons, for helping me take the fight to the Socialist Democrats as I’ve transitioned into Congress. He’s advised me he will be moving back into the political arena to help elect America First conservatives who can fight alongside me,” she posted to Twitter.

 

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