Martha Coakley: Practicing Catholics “Shouldn’t Work in an Emergency Room”

by Mike on January 15, 2010

in Election 2010,Politics

I told myself I wasn’t going to post anything on the Massachusetts Senate race today.  Yet somehow, Martha Coakley continues to step in it.  Today’s gaffe occurred after Princess was asked whether health care legislation should include a conscience clause to protect  health care workers opposed to abortion on religious grounds.  Coakley responded that “[y]ou can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn’t work in an emergency room.

So too bad so sad to all you practicing Catholics out there with dreams of working in the health care profession.  Princess says you should seek employment elsewhere.

Putting aside the fact that killing innocent unborn children directly contradicts the moral duty of medical treatment facilities to promote health, Coakley’s statement reveals just how little she understands the policy consequences of omitting a conscience clause from health care legislation.  As the Curt Jester recently pointed out in a chilling yet encouraging post, there is a growing shortage of abortion providers.  That’s because most people, presumably even those who may be pro-choice, are personally opposed to the idea of killing an innocent human being.  If practicing Catholics or other health care workers who oppose abortion on religious grounds are forced to perform such a heinous act, many of those people would simply choose another profession.  As a result, there would be fewer health care workers in the system and the quality of overall care would decline.

Coakley’s gaffe also displays a political ignorance.  Massachusetts is a hopelessly liberal state, but it is also a state where Catholics outnumber every other religious group.  She is treading on very dangerous ground here.  Even liberal Massachusetts Catholics who call themselves pro-choice haven’t adopted the belief that abortion is a sacrament.

The national mood made the Massachusetts Senate race somewhat close, but Coakley’s political incompetence has turned it into a tossup.

ETA:  I changed the original title of this post after it was brought to my attention that my point read like a Coakley quote.  I apologize for the misunderstanding.

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kiri January 15, 2010 at 1:08 am

I have been the Sr. Admitting nurse for 7 years at a Catholic hospital. Every case I recall where a nurse gave “conscience” was an excuse for poor performance. I personally fired five. I know that 4 never got another job in nursing.
And I was born Catholic.


Sal January 15, 2010 at 8:42 am


Just because you’re born Catholic it doesn’t mean that you are a Catholic.


John Strickland January 17, 2010 at 12:14 am

If you were born Catholic, and fired Catholics for standing stronger in their beliefs, it appears they stood firm and chose morals, ethics, and stayed true to their beliefs as. What does that make you? Everyone that practices their religion must stay true to it, even if it costs the financialy. Good for them. Bad for you.


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