Today is the 40th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., and I just saw Jeanne Monahan, president of the of March for Life Education and Defense Fund, on television.
Ms. Monahan was doing her best to deny reality, which is that most Americans don’t agree with her anti-choice position on reproductive rights. She is a Catholic and has obviously embraced the Church’s theology, which teaches that fertilization = constitutionally-protected personhood. Ms. Monahan spoke today about all those “Americans” who have been killed through abortion since 1973.
All of which makes me wonder why Luke Russert, who interviewed her this morning on MSNBC, didn’t ask this Catholic leader about the following:
Here’s the way truthdig put it:
A Catholic health provider has abandoned its beliefs by arguing that a dead fetus and a dead person are not the same thing in order to win a malpractice lawsuit.
The case stems from the death of 31-year-old Lori Stodghill, who was pregnant with twins when she died of a heart attack in 2006. The woman’s husband, Jeremy, filed a wrongful death suit against the faith-based, nonprofit hospital chain Catholic Health Initiatives, alleging its decision not to perform a perimortem cesarean section led to the deaths of the twins.
The health provider was able to win that lawsuit by arguing—against its own religious doctrine—that a fetus is not a person. The hospital chain’s strategy demonstrates that, in the end, greed and money ultimately triumph over principles and beliefs.
All of this sort of makes that rather large public outcry we heard last year about Obama and ObamaCare threatening the sacred beliefs of Catholics and other religious folks sound kind of hollow, don’t you think?