Trinity Health Corporation owns eighty-six hospitals and abides by the Catholic bishops’ Ethical Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. As such, they are prohibited from terminating pregnancies.
They are being sued by the Michigan American Civil Liberties Union, who claims the practice violated the 1986 Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act on at least five occasions. The attorneys argue that Catholic bishops are not medical professionals and have no place dictating how doctors practice medicine.
It accuses Trinity of “refusing to provide pregnant women suffering emergency medical conditions with abortions necessary to stabilize them” on at least five occasions.
Earlier this year, a district court judge dismissed a similar lawsuit filed against another Michigan Trinity hospital. They said the courts wouldn’t interfere with the Catholic bishops’ directives. Besides, if patients believe they have not received proper medical care, they can file a civil malpractice lawsuit.
The Catholic bishops’ directives state, “Catholic health care ministry is rooted in a commitment to promote and defend human dignity; this is the foundation of its concern to respect the sacredness of every human life from the moment of conception until death.”
We cannot help but comment on the difference in worldviews. One view sees life as sacred and seeks to defend human dignity.
The other sees assisted suicide as death with dignity.
The concept of dignity is central to our worldview as followers of God. We have dignity because we are made in God’s own image.
Which view of dignity resonates with you and your faith? At the National Center for Life and Liberty, we stand for the dignity of human life as we tirelessly fight for life in all of our work.
The battle is expanding. Will you join in supporting us as we stand for human dignity?