Tuesday, August 27, 2013

WA A/G: "Hospitals That Birth Babies Must Do Abortions"

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has given an opinion that is intended to give hospitals some guidance, particularly those involved in mergers with other medical operations.

The A/G says any hospital that receives public funds and births babies, must also abort babies that are unwanted.

Ferguson says, "I fully expect all public hospital districts to comply with this opinion."

"This opinion" impacts a growing trend in Washington because many small local hospitals are choosing to affiliate with larger health organizations, including Catholic-affiliated Peace Health and Providence Health and Services.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has said church-affiliated hospitals cannot perform abortions, are restricted in contraceptive services and cannot assist in patient suicide.

Catholic hospitals have been established in most cases because of their belief in the sanctity of life and a call to serve people. These hospitals have lived out the Hippocratic Oath to the benefit of all society.

This is a critical matter for healthcare in the state. And for religious freedom.

It is also an illustration of how decisions have consequences.

Under the terms of I-120, adopted by voters in 1991, a public hospital "may not provide maternity care without abortion and birth control."

In the run up to the vote on this Initiative, I interviewed the late Seattle attorney Skeeter Ellis on my television program.

He was outraged that such an initiative might be passed by the legislature. And he was predicting the outcomes we are experiencing today.

I-120 is one of the most sweeping abortion rights law in the country.

In fact it became law 21 years after Washington voted to legalize abortion in 1970---3 years before Roe v. Wade.

The Seattle PI reports that I-120 declares that Washington residents have a "fundamental right to choose or refuse" contraception or abortion, and prohibits the state from discriminating against the exercise of these rights in the "regulatory or provision of benefits, facilities, services or information."

And it requires that if the state (including public hospital districts) provides maternity care services or information, it must furnish "substantially equivalent benefits, services or information" regarding abortion and birth control.

The question for the Attorney General should be: "What constitutes 'substantially equivalent benefits'?"

Providence has recently entered into an affiliation with Swedish Medical Center. A few months ago when the merger was announced, Swedish said they would abide by the Providence policies and not do abortions.

There is going to be a number of other recent affiliations affected by this "opinion" by the A/G.

And that affects a large number of people statewide.

The ACLU is, of course, hailing the "opinion" as giving clear guidance.

Planned Parenthood says, "Today's opinion ensures that in Washington's public hospitals, women are entitled to receive the care they need without interference by religious doctrine."

Religious doctrine? Interference? Where do they think these hospitals came from? Who do they think sacrificially built them?

The answer is religious people. Catholics, Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, Adventists and a score of other pro-life groups and churches.

Millions of Americans have made their way to these religiously oriented hospitals for generations, not concerned that they do not kill unwanted babies, but thankful that they heal the broken and bruised among us.

Now that these institutions are established, secular progressives are co-opting them to advance a secular, anti-life philosophy and agenda.

The agenda? No killing of the unwanted babies---no money to heal the sick.

Believing in the sanctity of life is hardly equivalent to "religious doctrines." And these folks never allow life to get in the way of so-called "choice"?

Christian doctrines do not condone the aborting of unwanted babies because life is not a "doctrine," it is truly a "right."

It appears this leaves the religiously affiliated hospitals that have ministered to the medical needs of all people from the beginning of our country in a very tough place. With several choices that are actually not choices at all.

1. Stop birthing babies.

2. Change your religious beliefs to conform to those of the secular progressive community.

3. Stop receiving any public funds. And, oh, by the way--good luck.

4. Close the doors of the hospital.

In our secular culture dominated by secular progressives in this state, it seems advancing their secular doctrines of devaluing life is every bit as important to the secularists as those Christian beliefs in the sanctity of life that keep "interfering" with the long secular, cultural Marxist march through our institutions.

At some point America is going to stand up and say, "No." Stop the parade and stop the charade. Let's embrace common sense and the Judeo-Christian values that caused this country to become the greatest and most exceptional nation in the history of the world.

I personally believe we are approaching that time.

It will begin as a spiritual renewal, that will flow to a cultural restoration.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.


  1. Is anybody anywhere working on a recall petition for this bozo, Bob Furgeson?

    It follows that if a medical facility that provides maternity services must also provide abortions then any medical facility that provides abortions must also provide maternity services. Hence Planned Parenthood must provide maternity services or cease providing abortions and contraceptives.

  2. I'm for option 4. Close the hospitals. Obviously Washington doesn't want our services, or they wouldn't keep passing laws against us. There are better uses for our resources.

  3. I think Bob should be aborted

  4. I think Catholic hospitals should just refuse service to democrats. Let them try to find their own liberal hospitals. Good luck with that!

  5. I have hope that God is watching all this crazyness that goes on in America, knowing that as things get progressively dark, people will get sick of the darkness and come back to him.

    1. Since he's omniscient, wouldn't he have known how this story will end ever since way before he even created man? He's probably watching Seinfeld re-runs.

      Also, why do you even need hospitals? Don't you just pray away illness just like you pray away the gay?

    2. Sounds like you hold the idea of the Creator of the universe pretty lightly. Therefore, you probably will hold these verses lightly as well. However, I believe God's Word is sharper than a two-edged sword and speaks more efficiently and to the heart of a matter than I ever could.

      I Corinthians 6:9-11

      "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

      Romans 1:25-32

      "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."

      Romans 1:32

      "Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them."

      Thankfully, it does not have to end there. If one repents of their sins and believes Jesus is the Son of God and obeys the commandments of God just as Jesus did, then they will be cleansed of their sins and have eternal life!

    3. Doesn't he already know if I'm going to repent or not?He's omniscient, right? So he already knows my path. Since it's already determined, I may think I have a choice, but I'm going to do what he already knows I'm going to do, or he wouldn't know it, right?

    4. Yes, He knows the beginning to end. He already knows what you are going to do and that is exactly the point. He knows what YOU are going to do and what YOU will choose. He has set before each of us life or death. He has given us freewill to choose one or the other and He clearly states the consequences of each choice. Choose life, which I explained above will be eternal life or choose death, which will be darkness and being set apart from God. The decision is ours to make. Satan made a choice. Adam and Eve made a choice. Moses made a choice. Paul made a choice, etc.

      In His own great love for each of us, He wants us to choose Him. For us to turn our hearts, loyalty and devotion to Him instead of the things of this world that are temporary and will fade away.

    5. Alas, I have no choice but to do as he knows I will do because that is what is ordained to be done because he already knows it will be done therefore it is inevitable.

      Oh well, back to the Seinfeld reruns!

    6. Enjoy your reruns! Hope they'll be everything you are hoping they'll be!


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