Report Says Catholic Hospitals Are Putting Women’s Lives in Danger Due to Religious Directives

Over the past several years, there has been a sharp uptick in the number of Catholic hospitals in the U.S. In 2013, a joint study by MergerWatch and the ACLU found that the ten largest hospital networks in the nation were Catholic-affiliated, a result of sections in the Affordable Care Act that encourage and facilitate mergers. In most of these mergers, Catholic organizations featured as dominant partners.

In theory, this spike in mergers should have saved struggling hospitals and maintained community access to healthcare while creating more efficient systems that lowered the cost of that healthcare. And it might have, too, if the Catholic organizations involved had not shaped their medical directives to advance religious beliefs over patient health.

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Marco Rubio’s Crisis Pregnancy Center Visit Reinforces His Anti-Choice Image

On Thursday, Marco Rubio spent part of his day at a crisis pregnancy center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Carolina Pregnancy Center describes itself as a “non-profit, non-denominational organization that is committed to providing compassion, information, and support to anyone facing the challenge of an unplanned pregnancy.”

If you were to stop there, you might find yourself a little shocked by pro-life candidate Rubio’s visit to a location that seems to support choice. But if you know what a crisis pregnancy center is, you know better.

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Anti-Abortion Writer is Really, Really Upset by Deadpool Sex Scene

In the world of comic books and superhero movies, there are always important new controversies to be found. Why did Superman lose the red underwear in Man of Steel? What minion of darkness decided to cast Ben Affleck as Batman? And now, thanks to anti-abortion site Life Site News, we have a truly crucial one: How will our culture survive if the “roles of male and female in the sexual act literally get turned around” on-screen?

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Indiana GOP Seeks to Ban Abortion If Fetal Heartbeat Is Detected

The past several years have seen an avalanche of restrictive anti-choice legislation passed at the state level across the country. Several of those bills have been ruled unconstitutional, while others are awaiting adjudication by the Supreme Court. Not to be left out of the circus, Indiana is now entertaining its own extreme anti-choice bill.

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For Certain Christians, Lying for Jesus is Justified in the Abortion Wars

Leviticus 19:11 makes clear: “Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.”

There’s quite a bit of the Bible that conservative Christian activists tend to leave out, but Biblical prohibitions against lying are routinely given short shrift by those intent on seeing God’s will done on Earth. We don’t have to look far for examples of it — from Christians arguing that LGBT people are predators to politicians pretending that being gay is a choice, these lies are common.

The Washington Post has a good look at another popular outlet for faith-based lying: the abortion debate, and the notoriously deceptive idea of “crisis pregnancy centers.” Reporter Petula Dvorak examines the work of one Virginia activist, Pat Lohman, in particular.

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