Friday Nite Lite Up Your Ass: Because Religious Freedom 

 

Debbie Harry ftom back in the day…celebrated her 70th birthday this past week … notice the word JUST in the headline .

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….

 

 

 

Miscarrying Lady Almost Dies At Catholic Hospital, But At Least She Didn’t Get An Abortion | Wonkette

How cool is Steve Brodner? Cool enough that he gave us permission to use this within five minutes of asking!

…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.

Now for the funnies:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Comments on “Friday Nite Lite Up Your Ass: Because Religious Freedom ”

  1. I’ve got a few more cartoons to add to this post, but give me some time…

  2. NW Luna says:

    Love the ‘toons, especially the breastfeeding, arson, and toddler temper tantrum ones!

    As for that judge, may he have a heart attack and go somewhere where all the clinicians invoke the conscience clause to not treat him, because it’s against their religions to save a piece of shit.

  3. List of X says:

    I am pretty sure that the courts in Michigan do absolutely have jurisdiction over a case of negligence and malpractice that happened in Michigan. But obviously the judge can’t just plainly state that the court doesn’t have jurisdiction over god’s laws.

  4. ANonOMouse says:

    As usual great cartoons, JJ.

    And that piece about the catholic hospital makes me sick, but doesn’t surprise me. They absolutely and positively will let the mother die before they’ll do an abortion. I went to school with a girl whose mother died when we were in the 5th grade. It’s been so long ago I can’t remember the exact circumstances, but I do remember that an abortion would have saved her life. I think the circumstances were similar to the lady in Michigan or possibly an ectopic pregnancy.

    • I tell you, if my ectopic pregnancy occurred later in the year my life would have been in danger. The hospital I had my pregnancy issues and deliveries was bought by a Catholic concern. It is horrific to think about what could have been….but women are facing these religious freedom bastard shitheads and their reproduction health is in jeopardy or worse they are losing there lives for someone’s bullshit. It makes me so angry.

  5. bhudav says:

    Is this called religion in America or so called Jesus followers. I am surprise on mean mentality of these Churches that do not follow humanity as religion.