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These women were not charity cases. These were their doctors, who were paid for their services. And this has been a pattern for decades with Catholic hospitals. My own mother talks about how her mother made sure not to go to Catholic hospitals for her births in the 1940s, because it was known at the time, though unofficially, that they would opt to save babies in disastrous pregnancies instead of or before mothers. I have no desire to criticize hospitals or churches for saving lives that would otherwise be lost, but I should have an expectation that I can get healthcare I need, regardless of who is investing in my local medical infrastructure. My rights as an American citizen should not be so fragile, especially when I am paying for a service.

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