YAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Oh, this makes me sick.
The catholic church, possibly drunk on power after World Youth Day, have signalled that they will close their obstetrics wards if the abortion bill passes through state parliament.
Not content with this, they have effectively told their doctors to consider breaking the law if it is passed.
I sent this complaint to Catholic Health Australia, and have crossposted it to the complaints blog:
I write to you with more than just a small degree of disgust over the blackmail stunt that you pulled today. I wish to complain about this as it is clear that you are behaving with an infantile level of dignity, decency and decorum.
Your board member Bishop Joseph Oudeman's threat to close your obstetrics wards in your Victorian member hospitals if the abortion bill successfully proceeds through state parliament is a national disgrace. Possibly even an international one. I cannot believe that you, in good conscience, would even consider resorting to blackmail to try to get this law stopped.
I can't even comprehend how you would even find blackmail to be appropriate.
All the bill requires is for doctors with a conscientious objection to abortion to refer women to doctors who do not. And yet, this isn't good enough for you: You have to enforce your concept of "life" on to the rest of us. Whether we're religious, specifically Roman catholic christians, or not.
How could you possibly do this?
All over the state, there are women who are going to need to give birth. According to stats on The Age's website, your hospitals deliver one third of them. Are you going to deny them assistance in a hissy fit over the laws, if they even become that? Law, that is?
And I read that your CEO, Martin Laverty, has stated that you will not require your doctors to comply with the law on this. This is a disgrace, and is completely irresponsible.
I can only conclude that you have the mental capacity of an eight year old who is threatening to take the bat and ball and go home if by chance he is given out. Please confirm when Mr Laverty and your board will be resigning over this matter.
Should you carry out your threat, I wish to advise that my wife and will have no alternative but to use condoms and birth control pills.
Catholic Health Australia may be contacted here: firstname.lastname@example.org