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California AG May Force Hospital to Perform Abortions?

In what can only be considered a blow to freedom, the attorney general of California may force a hospital to perform abortions.

Here's the background: Hoag hospital and St. Joseph's hospital recently formed a partnership and recently announced that Hoag hospital was no longer going to perform abortions. Most people believe that the decision had something to do with their partnership with the Catholic organization. This decision ignited a storm of protests and pressure against the hospital.

All you have to do is ask Susan G. Komen to know how much pressure pro-aborts can exert. A lot. And all of a sudden now, we've got California's Attorney General Kamala Harris, a rising star in Democrat politics, reportedly investigating whether low-income women might be hurt by the decision. If she decides they are, she could force Hoag to perform abortions.

A column by Michael Hiltzik states:

Harris’ approval of this deal may already be fraying at the edges. She is currently investigating unspecified allegations that Hoag has failed to meet the conditions she set on allowing the abortion ban. These include a requirement that Hoag “take steps to insure that alternative providers are available and accessible to all women, especially low-income women, for direct abortions” in Hoag’s service area, which stretches from Seal Beach to Dana Point and inland to Rancho Santa Margarita. The AG is also looking into allegations that the hospitals misrepresented statistics they provided her to make the number of abortions at Hoag seem insignificant. Hoag says it is “cooperating and responding to any and all AG inquiries” in the matter...

The legal standard governing Harris' authority to reject a hospital transaction requires her to find that it would "significantly" erode the availability or accessibility of healthcare in the community. Defining "significant" is a judgment call, but it's hard to see how Hoag's abortion ban fails to qualify.

Unlike women living in areas where abortion rights are under full-scale assault and where there may be a lone abortion clinic for hundreds of miles around, women in Orange County obviously don't lack for options for reproductive healthcare. But that doesn't mean Hoag's action is not "significant."
So the columnist even admits that there are plenty of places for women to abort their children but that doesn't matter. Hoag must be punished for "capitulating" to the Catholics.

In case you weren't sure how Harris might decide, just know that NARAL Pro-Choice California gave Harris their 100 percent stamp of approval. And let's face it, what NARAL wants, NARAL gets. Keep your eyes open for this one.


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9 comments:

Proteios1 said...

You are correct. This is not an issue of choice, options or availability. It's defeating and punishing your opposition for being opposition. That is what freedom has become. Intolerance of opposition.

Donna M said...

Now you know the lay of the land where I live!
They're progressive nazis (prograzis) here! The government makes incedible blunders and gross mistakes here all the time. Like right now! We are always engaged in fighting for our healthcare hospitals, medical centers and clinics to maintain our Catholic identity. They are intent on destroying it!

Donna M said...

By the way,
If Catholic healthcare is forced to go against faith and values, I opt for shutdown and closure!
Harsh yes, but going to hell is worse!

Unknown said...

If Catholic healthcare is forced to go against faith and values, I opt for shutdown and closure!

The State would respond by taking over because of "a compelling interest to provide healthcare". As far as the current battle goes, this may yet be another matter in which the State will ignore the courts if the rulings are not to their liking.

Dave

Unknown said...

If Catholic healthcare is forced to go against faith and values, I opt for shutdown and closure!

The State would respond by taking over because of "a compelling interest to provide healthcare". As far as the current battle goes, this may yet be another matter in which the State will ignore the courts if the rulings are not to their liking.

Dave

Donna M said...

Actually Dave, you are correct.
As in the litigation of prop 8.
Twice Californians have voted pro hetero marriage and twice struck down by the courts, ignoring the will of the people. It is governed by biased progressive officials, unions and judges.
Cal is already a "lost" state, only an interevention from heaven can save us!

Unknown said...

As in the litigation of prop 8.

We'll find out from SCOTUS soon, but even if it is upheld (and it has already been upheld by the CA Supreme Court), Sacramento and the bureaucrats will not enforce it, even though it is part of the state constitution. They've already done that with other inconvenient laws and referendum results.

Dave

Donna M said...

As of now I'm cryin' a river for a homeland "lost"!
I will continue to be faithfull, pray and believe in the living God. Gathering remnants together under the BVM banner, this isn't over yet! Are we not believers in God's miracles? To find a way, where there is no way? Yes, we are! Why, because JESUS SAID SO!...;)!

magnificatlady said...

I live just up the street from HOAG and always wondered about the hospital's stance on abortions as it is a Presbyterian Hospital (and Presbyterian is not a religion... Just kidding) but the hospital has a huge birthing center and I have know three women who gave birth their even though they were on the stare's Medicare plan (the same plan that pays to have the unborn murdered) so giving birth while having a full ocean view is quite nice. As for St Joseph's that my hospital should I ever need one, they are huge and keep growing and remain Catholic; I am happy HOAG has joined in partnership with them, they will be needing prayers in order to face this pathetically morally corrupt state government! I tell you, it's the weather and the fact that I live near the Norbertines over at St Michael's Abbey that keep me here.

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