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The American Civil Liberties Union is dedicated to protecting civil rights, but apparently that doesn't include those of Catholic hospitals.

In a report released on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the ACLU criticized conscience clauses that allow Catholic hospitals to refrain from performing procedures the church considers immoral.

The report even mentions the ACLU's "competing interests" of trying to protect both civil liberties and reproductive rights.

The U.S. bishops' spokesperson called the ACLU's assertion that women's lives are at risk "ridiculous." "Where women's lives are threatened, no Catholic hospital is going to turn away the patient," Cathleen Cleaver told Catholic News Service.
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Title Annotation:American Civil Liberties Union and Catholic hospitals
Author:Schorn, Joel
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2002
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