Plans by three Catholic hospital systems in Wisconsin to deny admitting privileges to doctors who perform abortions would "be in active violation of federal law," Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen's Department of Justice said in a court filing last week. Federal law "provides that hospitals accepting federal funds may not discriminate against a physician because that physician has participated in or refused to participate in abortions," the state Justice Department said in its filing in federal court.This is an issue because four Wisconsin abortionists are looking for admitting privileges at religious hospitals to comply with Sonya's Law:
By demonstrating that the privileges are impossible for the doctors to obtain and unnecessary for their work, the clinics' attorneys hope to bolster their argument that the requirement unnecessarily curtails access to abortion in Wisconsin. The attorneys have said that the requirement would force two of the five clinics in the state to close down and end access to abortions north of Madison.If there's any further need of the insidious nature of federally funded Catholic hospitals, this should be it. Remember, Van Hollen isn't claiming that Catholic hospitals can't deny admitting privileges to abortionists--just that by doing so they would become ineligible for federal funds.