Coakley Excludes Devout Catholics From Emergency Rooms
By: Deal W. Hudson
If you wonder if there is any limit to the anti-Catholicism of pro-abortion â€œCatholicâ€ politicians, you should try to get your arms around this story.
Yesterday, Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate for Ted Kennedyâ€™s Senate seat, was asked in a radio interview whether doctors and nurses working in a hospital emergency room have religious freedom. Coakley replied, â€ You can have religious freedom, but you probably shouldnâ€™t work in the emergency room.â€
No, I didnâ€™t make this up. The radio host, Ken Pittman, was asking her about her perspective as a â€œCatholicâ€ on issues like birth control. Coakley immediately went with her dissenting, reflex reaction of insisting on a â€œseparation of Church and State.â€ The conversation descended from there into the pit of puerile anti-Catholicism.
If politicians like Coakley are put in charge of â€œhealth care reform,â€ the day may come when orthodox Catholics will be excluded from any medical services where they might decide not to provide an abortion, prescribe contraception, or euthanize a suffering patient.
Our country needs to wake up and realize the centrality of attitudes like Coakley to the entire health care debate! Coakleyâ€™s attitude is representative of dissenting Catholics in Congress from Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) to Senator Mikulski (D-MD) to Rep. DeLauro (D-CT).
It was only a short while ago Pelosi was lecturing us, in good ninth-grade fashion, on how the Churchâ€™s teaching on abortion was a denial â€” yes, I said a â€œdenial,â€ of free will.
Please, please realize itâ€™s as bad as it appears to be â€” there are no excuses for this kind of ignorant comments. After all, Martha Coakley is the attorney general â€” imagine that! â€” of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Doesnâ€™t that position require some modicum of detachment from oneâ€™s own personal prejudices?
Coakleyâ€™s willingness to use her political power against orthodox Catholics serving in the medical profession should be a wake-up call.