The third leading cause of death: medical errors

Research has found that medical errors–doctors’ mistakes, communication mix-ups, and hospital-borne infections–are now the third leading cause of death. [Read more…]

Exemptions for corporations, but not religious groups

The federal government insists that the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups enable their insurance companies to provide contraceptives for their employees.   There is to be no religious exemption, and yet big corporations like Pepsi, Visa, Exxon, and Chevron are exempt from the requirement.  This is because their existing plans have been grandfathered in under Obamacare.  In fact, as many as a third of Americans are in plans that are exempt from the mandate.  So in what sense is providing free contraception such a compelling government interest that it overrides religious liberty?

This point came out in the Supreme Court arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, involving not only the Little Sisters of the Poor but also over 30 other religious non-profits that have joined the case.

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Supreme Court to rule on sinning vs. causing others to sin

Tomorrow the short-handed Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case brought by the Little Sisters of the Poor on whether they should be forced to go through the paperwork so that their employees can get free contraception and abortifacients under Obamacare.

The government says that the Roman Catholic nuns aren’t being forced to provide contraception.  Rather, they just have to declare that they are opting out so that their insurance company can provide the services for free.  Since they aren’t paying for the pills and devices, argues the government, they aren’t violating their religious beliefs.

But that shows complete ignorance of Roman Catholic moral theology.  For one thing, the morality of an action depends, in part, on the intention.  In this case, the intention of filing the paperwork would be to let employees commit a grave sin.  Also, it isn’t just sinful if an individual does something wrong.  Causing someone else to sin can be even worse. [Read more…]

A medical statement about gender confusion in children

The American College of Pediatricians, a conservative medical organization, has issued a statement entitled Gender Ideology Harms Children, exposing the fallacy that children can be “born the wrong sex” and detailing the medical harm that can be done by “treatments” such as puberty-blocking and cross-sex hormones.

The report says that 98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of girls accept their biological sex after puberty.  And it notes that suicide rates are 20 times greater for adults who have had sexual reassignment surgery.  The report concludes, “Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”

Read the statement after the jump. [Read more…]

All Canada doctors & nurses must kill patients on demand

Canada is implementing its new euthanasia policy with new guidelines that will require doctors and nurses to kill their patients if requested, and there will be no opt-out on the basis of religion or conscience.  Wesley Smith gives the details, commenting, “I have never seen a society jump so enthusiastically into the abyss that is the culture of death as Canada has in the last year.”
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Zika, the new global plague

Zika is a virus that, in 80% of the cases, produces no symptoms.  But if a pregnant woman is infected, her baby might be born with microcephaly, a birth defect of the child having a very small head and consequent brain damage.  The virus is transmitted primarily by mosquitoes, though it can also be sexually transmitted and has been found in blood and saliva.  

So far the outbreak is mainly in Latin America, especially Brazil, which has gone so far as to recommend that women not get pregnant until the mosquitoes are brought under control.  This summer, though, the world comes to Brazil, with the Olympic games in Rio De Janiero.  The virus may threaten the games.)  And it is now in the United States, with 12 cases in Florida (though the patients picked up the virus elsewhere) and a sexually-transmitted case in Texas.  A case has also been confirmed in Europe

After the jump, I excerpt and link to a very useful site that gives questions and answers about the Zika virus. [Read more…]