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Ethical and Religious Directives

Whose (Health Care) Conscience Is It, Anyway?

Janet Chung | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Janet Chung

More and more, we live in a world where the religious beliefs of those who want to refuse health care services trump the rights of patients who deserve and need those services. This is untenable. The time has come to return the focus to patients.

How the Catholic Bishops Outsmarted Washington Voters

Valerie Tarico | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

When it comes to matters of individual conscience, Washington State voters have a don't-mess-with-us attitude that makes Texans look like cattle--and it goes way back.

Bishops Step Over the Line

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

As with contraception, a free society must find the middle ground. Catholic Bishops must be free to exercise their religion, yet we cannot allow them to deny that same freedom to the rest of us.