Health Care Reform and Abortion: A Catholic Moral Perspective
McHugh, James T.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1994 Oct; 19(5): 491-500.
The Catholic Church in the United States provides extensive health care service through its more than 600 health facilities. The Church, on the basis of its moral teaching, sees health care as a basic human right and supports universal coverage. At the same time, the Church considers abortion morally wrong and opposes coverage of abortion as a health service in a national health plan. Mandated coverage of abortion would violate the moral commitments of Catholic hospitals and the consciences of Catholics who would be required to financially support provision of abortion services.
Abortion; Active Euthanasia; Assisted Suicide; Coercion; Common Good; Conscience; Catholic Hospitals; Economics; Ethics; Euthanasia; Family Planning; Federal Government; Financial Support; Freedom; Government; Government Financing; Health; Health Care; Health Care Reform; Health Facilities; Hospitals; Human Rights; Legal Rights; Life; Morality; Public Opinion; Religion; Religious Hospitals; Rights; Roman Catholic Ethics; Suicide; Value of Life; Values;
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