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Why a Catholic hospital shouldn't be obliged to do a tubal ligation

Why a Catholic hospital shouldn't be obliged to do a tubal ligation

Catholic healthcare just can't seem to stay out of the news. This time, Mercy Hospital in Redding — citing its commitment to church teaching — has refused to tie the tubes of one of their patients after a C-section delivery. A Superior Court judge in San Francisco has said the hospital can make that choice, but the ACLU is suing on behalf of the patient. This debate hinges on a central question in medical ethics: What is healthcare?

You might be tempted to think this is pretty easy to answer, but in reality our culture is constantly wrestling with this question.

California just spent more than a year having a debate about whether...

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