Friday Nite Lite Up Your Ass: Because Religious FreedomPosted: July 3, 2015
And a big fuck you to those who support this shit…sorry I should have warned y’all the language was going to be “just” a bit over the dam in the….are you Goddamn killing me with this Religious Freedom shit.
Well, no….they almost killed her, but what is “just” one more female life anyway?
(Just being in quotes mind you….Google Exec: Women, Stop Saying ‘Just’ So Much, You Sound Like Children)
Back to the story at hand….
…you’re going to want to remove any heavy objects from the vicinity of your computer before you read this one, lest you hurl anything through your monitor (mobile users are advised to tie down their throwing arms). Tuesday, a federal district judge in Michigan dismissed a woman’s lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and three chairs or former chairs of the Catholic hospital chain that owns Mercy Health Partners’ hospital in Muskegon, Michigan. In 2010, Tamesha Means was only 18 weeks pregnant when her water broke and she went to Mercy — one of only two hospitals in Muskegon County, which are both owned by the same Catholic company, Trinity Health. We’ll let the ACLU tell you how that went:
Based on the bishops’ religious directives, the hospital sent her home twice even though Tamesha was in excruciating pain; there was virtually no chance that her pregnancy could survive, and continuing the pregnancy posed significant risks to her health.
Because of its Catholic affiliation and binding directives, the hospital told Tamesha that there was nothing it could do and did not tell Tamesha that terminating her pregnancy was an option and the safest course for her condition. When Tamesha returned to the hospital a third time in extreme distress and with an infection, the hospital once again prepared to send her home. While staff prepared her discharge paperwork, she began to deliver. Only then did the hospital begin tending to Tamesha’s miscarriage.
The severely premature baby she delivered died after a few hours. With the help of the ACLU, Means sued, seeking damages and a ruling that the Bishops’ directives — the “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services” — were negligent, since they precluded her from receiving potentially life-saving care, including an abortion. Even though, one more time, she was miscarrying and there was virtually no chance the fetus could be saved. The ACLU sought not only compensation for Means, “but also to prevent other women in her situation from suffering similar harm in the future,” as the legal complaint put it.
Ya know, it ain’t the first time this has happened…it is definitely not the last time it will either. But that it is even happening in the first place is enough of an outrage. Read the rest of the horror at the link. I just want to give you one more nugget:
…you can’t sue bishops for setting up hospital rules that might injure or kill women, because Religious Freedom. Judge Robert Holmes Bell dismissed the suit without a hearing on the evidence, as explained by the Muskegon Chronicle:
Bell cited two basic reasons for the dismissal:
- Michigan federal courts have no jurisdiction over the bishops’ conference for policy directives issued by the Washington, D.C.-based organization.
- It’s improper for courts to interfere in religious doctrinal decisions, which Bell concluded was behind the anti-abortion policy directives. Considering the Muskegon woman’s negligence claim would “impermissibly intrude upon ecclesiastical matters,” the judge wrote in his opinion.
Yeah…ah, she could still sue the doctors, but so fucking chance of touching the church, or the church backed hospital. Because, Religious Freedom. Those two words breed hate, discrimination and death where ever they are used as justification for anything.
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