Is an Obama presidency a threat to Catholic hospitals?

With President-elect Obama promising to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would nullify all existing laws and regulations that limit abortion in any way, Catholic hospitals have threatened to shut down.

Bishops are saying that “any one of us would consider it a privilege to die tomorrow . . . to bring about the end of abortion.”

This can have major health policy implications as Catholic institutions comprise almost one-third of all hospitals, many in underserved areas.

The future president better be careful to sidestep a culture war this issue is sure to ignite.

topics: obama, abortion