By AATTP Contributor Sky Palma
Some Hospitals are Treating Patients Based on Biblical and Catholic Dogma
Americans who are fortunate enough to have healthcare most likely seek out a specialist trained to treat their particular infirmity. Obviously, if a person has a history of heart problems, they wouldn’t choose a podiatrist for treatment. Unless they adhere to cult beliefs that forbid them from seeing medical doctors, they would certainly not seek medical treatment from a member of the clergy. But shockingly, if a woman is having a miscarriage or a difficult pregnancy and she visits a Catholic hospital, there are a growing number of instances where a priest will diagnose and recommend treatment based on Catholic dogma — not obstetrics and gynecological medicine.
Many Americans were outraged at the news of a 31-year old woman who died of sepsis in October of 2012, after being prevented from terminating a dangerous pregnancy due to Ireland’s strict abortion laws that adhere to Vatican policy.
A recent study has shown that there is an increasing level of doctors that are concerned about miscarriage care in Catholic hospitals, similar to that of the events that led to the death of the woman in Ireland, and many doctors said they preferred to send patients to other locations rather than subject women to diagnosis and treatment by priests on ethics committees.
According to a national survey, 52% of OB-GYNs at Catholic hospitals clashed with priests on ethics committees over proper care, including treatment of non-viable pregnancies and issues related to birth control — all matters that were integral to the health of the woman.
This growing strife over religion and denial of medical care playing out over contraceptive requirements is nothing new to Americans, and much of this strife is due to “Conscience Clauses” that allow religious medical providers to refuse participation in treatment if they believe harm will come to a fetus — completely excluding any consideration for the woman’s health.
In a secular nation that boasts of some of the most technologically-advanced practices in medicine the world has yet seen, it’s hard to believe that decisions in regards to urgent health needs are being dictated based on religious principles.