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:
- No abortions, even to save the live of the mother.
- No euthanasia as part of hospice care.
- No birth control.
- No treating unwed mothers.
- No treating homosexuals.
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?
- Force the hospital to hire some staff willing to treat those that the Catholic fanatics refuse to.
- Withdraw all funding from the hospital until it starts treating all patients.
- Expropriate the Catholic hospitals.
- Any time a patient checks in at a Catholic hospital, give them a waiver, warning them of the various services the hospital refuses to offer, and if the patient declines to be admitted, they get free transportation to a full-service hospital.
- Sue hospitals who harm patients with their religious superstitions.
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:70)