César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016 / Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016
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Dear Abby headlined "Catholic hospitals value mother and child" in last Wednesday's Reno Gazette-Journal.
In November, Dear
Abby writer Jeanne Phillips published a column that brought a strong
rebuttal from the Catholic Health Association which ran last week.
Sister Carol Keehan, President and CEO, wrote that Phillips "asserted that it is Catholic policy to save the life of the baby over the mother in obstetrical emergencies. This inaccurate statement has been replayed even in movies in spite of repeated denials by Catholic hospitals and the professionals who render care in them," Sister Keehan stated.
I was taught otherwise. Father Sergio Negro was my Catholic high school's senior class sex advisor.
One day in 1963, one of my classmates asked Father Negro about the church position regarding exactly the above situation.
Jaws dropped throughout the room when he stated that the mother should always be sacrificed if only one could be saved.
The reason: The mother has lived a life and had her chance to earn a place in heaven and see God, where the baby has not.
This shocked a roomful of young men all of whom were in love with beautiful young women or wanted to be.
The Catholic hierarchy in these parts practiced medicine through at least the 1970s. A Reno native of my long acquaintance is the mother of many children.
For her later pregnancies, she requested and made advance partial payment for tubal ligation surgery after delivery.
put her life in serious danger. On several occasions in the mid-1970s, doctors
refused to perform the birth control procedure under orders from local Catholic
This would have been outrageous but marginally understandable at St. Mary's, which was then owned and managed by the Dominican Sisters. However, my friend birthed all her children at Washoe Medical Center (now Renown), which was then a county-owned hospital.
"I still don't know how the priests and bishop found out I had requested tubal ligation," she told me last week. Her money was never refunded.
Seeing the danger, a female doctor finally acted.
"I don't care if the pope walked in," the doctor said. She left Nevada soon thereafter.
While Sister Keehan may have stated what's on paper, in practice things remain the same in some places.
Last Dec. 28, the American Civil Liberties Union sued Mercy Hospital in Redding, California, for refusing to perform a ligation.
According to the suit, Dr. Samuel Van Kirk, "estimates that he has had at least 50 patients in the last eight years for whom he has sought but been denied authorization to perform immediate postpartum tubal ligation."
The ACLU sued Dignity Health, the Catholic hospital network to which Mercy belongs. Dignity owned St. Mary's before Prime Healthcare acquired it in 2012.
Hope you and yours enjoyed Happy High Holly Days.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
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BARBWIRE WEB EXTRAS... TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY: FEEL UP YOUR FIRE METER. The Reno Gazette-Journal did big spreads on three consecutive Sundays (Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, 2014) on NV Energy smart meter fires. Welcome aboard. Barbwire readers were two years ahead on the fire meter issue. (Touch a Smart Meter, Go to Jail 11 October 2012
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In its Sunday 21 Dec. 2014 front page headline major story, the Reno Gazette-Journal published results of the NVEnergy-commissioned "don't worry, be happy" echo study. On 1-27-2015, the RGJ published an analysis based on veteran reporter Anjeanette Damon's review of more than 1,000 pages of documents. Barbwire bottom line: NVE handles this like auto manufacturers handle defects > It's cheaper to pay legal settlements after people are injured or killed than to fix the problem.
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DIDN'T THEY MAKE A MOVIE CALLED "THE INCREDIBLES"? On 2-6-2015, the RGJ reported that the Public Utilities Commission has ordered NVE to hire an independent laboratory to review the material. UPDATE: The report said all is well. I still recommend feeling up your fire meter on a regular basis.
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