ACLU lawsuit targets pro-life health providers

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with stethoscopeA lawsuit filed by the ACLU against a Catholic hospital system would make it a crime to be a pro-life healthcare worker.

Alliance Defending Freedom is asking a federal judge to allow it to intervene in the lawsuit filed against Trinity Health and its staff, involving 86 facilities in 21 states. If the ACLU should win, the hospitals and their workers – despite their religious convictions - would be required to do abortions.

ADF attorney Kevin Theriot says "not only is there no law that requires faith-based hospitals and medical personnel to commit such acts against their faith and conscience, but federal law directly prohibits the government from engaging in any such coercion."

Alliance Defending FreedomIn addition, Theriot says the government cannot tie any funding to a requirement that hospitals and their workers give up their constitutional freedoms.

According to Matt Bowman, who is also an attorney with ADF, the lawsuit – if successful – would make being a pro-life healthcare provider illegal. "Forcing healthcare workers to act contrary to their convictions? That's counterproductive, it's unnecessary – and it's illegal," he adds.

In addition to Trinity Health, ADF is representing the Catholic Medical Association, the Christian Medical & Dental Association, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologist, and Concerned Women for America – all of which could be affected by the outcome of the lawsuit.

If the ACLU were to win, the medical facilities could also be forced to perform sterilizations and provide abortion-causing drugs.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Is the media guilty of 'talking down' the U.S. economy?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Nevada becomes 1st US state with female-majority Legislature
US sportswear traced to factory in China's internment camps
Stock market woes raise a nagging fear: Is a recession near?
WH pulls back from shutdown threat over wall funds
Flynn sentencing abruptly postponed to allow for cooperation
AZ governor names Martha McSally to McCain Senate seat

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Comey asked about Obama's awareness of Hillary Clinton's missing emails, House GOP transcript shows
Radio silence: Stations set to dump Michael Savage
Trump launches unprecedented reelection machine
Fox's Napolitano: Trump an 'unindicted co-conspirator'
Judge orders state to give surgery to inmate who wants to be woman

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
It's a cross - so it's gotta go!

no crossAttorneys are confident a challenge to a Maryland memorial to military veterans will stand up to legal precedent on appeal.