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The California Medical Association is seeking to join a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against a Catholic Hospital system over one of its facilities refusal on religious grounds to allow a doctor to perform a tubal ligation after a planned Cesarean section. The CMA claims it is illegal for Dignity Health hospital administration to intervene in the decision to tie a woman’s tubes after a C-section. The CMA feels that the doctor and the patient should make this decision, not hospital administrators. The CMA represents 41,000 doctors is asking a Northern California Court to issue an injunction barring the hospital from using religious directives to override the doctor patient relationship. The doctors maintain that tying the tubes at the time of the c section is the ideal time for this procedure. In a battle of medicine versus religion, which takes precedent?
John Wayne, American Icon. Was he a racist? A proposal for a John Wayne Day was defeated largely because of his views on race. The view included the statement: “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.” He further believed that whites could encroach on American Indians land who said that they “were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves”. We all realize that manifest destiny foretold of the Indians being sacrificed as the US expanded. However, should these views be celebrated? Should he be given here increased worship? If so, why? If not, why not? Who determines if people have reached the proper level of responsibility? What if there was a disagreement over the level, who makes the final call? Do we want blacks segregated to govern their “own kind”? What if the word black is changed to Asian, Latino, or Jew? Does this matter? Should it matter? As the Duke himself said: courage is being scared to death, but saddlin’ up anyway”. Has our society evolved that we have the courage to saddle up and repudiate these types of views?
California is using a common sense approach to allow small business to remedy ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) violations within 120 days of notice, thus avoiding potential litigation for minor, technical violations. This would allow them to avoid predatory lawsuits by attorneys who seek damages for each violation. Many businesses do not have the resources to fight these suits and pay settlements in the thousands to avoid protracted litigation. Some businesses have closed rather than fight these battles. We need more businesses in California, not less.
What say you?