Catholic Hospitals Should Be Up Front About What Procedures They Won’t Do

If you’re a woman who’s giving birth and you’re having a C-section, you might decide that you’re also done having kids and you’d like to have your tubes tied so there are no unplanned pregnancies in the future.

The doctor is already performing surgery, so performing a tubal ligation actually lets you kill two birds with one stone. It’s a safe procedure. Medical professionals even say that if you want your tubes tied, doing it during a C-section is a good idea because it doesn’t require an additional surgery. Nearly 30% of married adult women in the U.S. have had the procedure done. Not a big deal.

But what if you’re at a Catholic hospital? Doctors there will perform a C-section, no problem, but they will not perform a tubal ligation. Why not? Because they’re getting their directives, not from medical professionals, but from Catholic bishops. Basically, anything that functions as contraception is forbidden in the faith. And this rule applies even if future pregnancies would put the woman’s life in danger.

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Bible-Based Decals Will Be Removed from Houston County (AL) Sheriff’s Office Vehicles

We’re all aware by now that law enforcement officials across the country are putting “In God We Trust” stickers on patrol cars (because, they say with a straight face, it’s our national motto and it absolutely has nothing to do with Christianity).

But in July, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office in Dothan, Alabama took it way over that line. The stickers on their vehicles directly quoted the Bible.



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This is What Atheists Look Like at the Start of Thanksgiving Dinner

I’m not saying Donald Trump is an atheist. But I believe he’s a devout Christian as much as he believes President Obama is an American.



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This is How Anti-Abortion Groups Lie with Statistics

Over the past several years, Planned Parenthood has increased the raw number of abortions it provides. In 2006, they performed 289,750 abortions. By 2013, the number had gone up to 327,000. It’s possible the increase is, in part, due to the lack of alternative locations for women to get the procedure done.

Over that same time period, the number of anti-cancer services dropped from 2,007,371 to 935,573. Why the drop? Because for some services, like pap smears, there were “changing medical standards about who should be screened and how often.”

If you’re a pro-life politician who wants to use that information to make Planned Parenthood look evil, what do you do? Easy. You just have to assume your base isn’t intelligent enough to look into the details of whatever you show them. It worked with the recent anti-Planned Parenthood videos, after all.

So yesterday, during a congressional hearing, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) showed Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards this chart documenting those numbers:



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When It Comes to Gay Rights, Pope Francis is No Different from Kim Davis

According to news reports, Pope Francis had a private meeting with Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis last week:



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