Here is my other "But for Wales" post. The allusion, of course, is to Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons.
The Devil doesn't play fair, does he? Again and again we see it: An individual or an institution sells his, or its, soul and doesn't even get the world in return. Sometimes the return on investment is zero.
So it is in this case. A hospital that previously wasn't Catholic became affiliated with a Catholic non-profit. So it stopped providing abortions on-site. Okay so far. But out of deference to all the pro-aborts out there and to the supposed grave need to make sure women have access to the ability to slaughter their young, it accompanied this with a brand spanking new affiliation with a nearby Planned Parenthood (!) at which its doctors are happily allowed to perform abortions. By the way, is it just my imagination, or did it used to be that Catholic hospitals denied physician privileges to doctors who performed abortions elsewhere? That is certainly my impression. Well, that's out the window here. And an express affiliation with Planned Parenthood! Not good.
Well, it's getting them nothing. Nada. Zilch. The usual suspects are just as outraged as they would otherwise have been. They're "putting women's reproductive health in danger" and all the rest of it.
It's quite possible (in fact, I'd almost prefer to think it) that the powers that be at this newly "Catholic" hospital are no more Catholic than they are pro-life and that their whole goal here was simply to pacify their new non-profit affiliate while maintaining their commitment to abortion on demand. But what I fear is that this will become the new normal for actually Catholic hospitals, hospitals that have been Catholic all along. After all, Catholic hospitals must realize that it's only a matter of time before the government attempts directly to force them, perhaps on pain of loss of public funds without which they can't operate, to perform abortions. It would be pretty tempting to see if they can split the difference: Don't actually have abortions on-site but affiliate with a Planned Parenthood just down the street, where your doctors are encouraged to practice, to provide abortions. (To the women: "And you can keep your own doctor for the abortion!") Make the faithful think you're taking a "principled stand" while trying to feed the pro-abortion Beast enough to shut it up.
Let's hope that the reception of this hospital's attempted compromise will put paid to any such idea. It won't satisfy the pro-abort Beast. Good Lord willin', it won't satisfy the local Catholics, including the local Bishop, either.
Compromise on fundamental principles never pays. Sometimes, it doesn't even seem to pay.
Update: Upon re-reading the story, I see that it's even worse than my first post draft stated. The hospital is establishing a new abortion clinic in cooperation with planned parenthood. They are obviously doing this to "replace" their own services somewhere close by. This is disgusting. Providence--the non-profit org.--should definitely sever their connection with them over this. I don't care if it's a new connection or not.