- Dec 5, 2019
The Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic opened its doors on Dec. 6, 2017. Supported by the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA), the clinic provides free medical care to uninsured or underinsured adults living in Northern Virginia.
A safe-haven program called Angel Cradle, operated by Covenant Health, may have saved a newborn baby’s life.
Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, speaking on health care laws in the United States, insists, “We’ve always said we’re not covering abortion, and we’re not covering contraception. Period. We don’t cover it.” Keehan also praised Pope Francis for speaking out against overzealous treatment. “There are people in the Church who believe you must do absolutely anything … And that is not right. You must do everything that might be helpful and not burden the patient,” she said.
The National Bureau of Economic Research is an influential domestic policy think tank based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its working paper estimated that the expansion of Catholic hospitals reduces by 30 percent the annual rates per-bed of inpatient abortions. The rates of tubal ligations or sterilizations drop 31 percent. Edward Furton, an ethicist with the National Catholic Bioethics Center, said, “The authors assume that denying access to these ‘services’ represents a moral failing of some sort, but not many people would agree.”
After the Republican senate voted to proceed to debate their version of a healthcare bill, Bishop Frank J. Dewane released a statement saying the “current proposals are simply unacceptable as written, and any attempts to repeal the ACA (Affordable Care Act) without a concurrent replacement is also unacceptable.”
The U.S. Senate expects to vote on healthcare this week. The USCCB and NETWORK have spoken forcefully against the senate Republican bill, and the religious women at NETWORK have written a letter to give to all the senators urging them to vote no.