Saturday, January 13, 2007


Doctors want Catholic beliefs out of state hospitals

`Doctors want state governments to stop contracting the operation of public hospitals to the Catholic Church unless it agrees to provide all services including IVF, abortions, sterilisations and rape counselling.

Australian Medical Association national president Mukesh Haikerwal yesterday said taxpayers had a right to expect public hospitals would provide a full range of medical services.

If church-linked organisations wanted to exclude some services in accordance with church teaching, they should not tender for contracts to operate public hospitals, Dr Haikerwal said.

But the church’s health arm rejected the criticism and accused Dr Haikerwal of being anti-Catholic.’

Fuck the Pope up the arse with a tractor, I say.

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