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In the town where I was born

Your Humble Blogger was born here.

Worth reading the other side, which puts a lot more emphasis on the Mercy Care Plan, which provides medical care to poor people without fully depriving them of the rights of individual conscience.

I should just add, though it isn’t specifically relevant to today’s news: when I was gestating (o those halcyon days), my sister, if I have the story right, was diagnosed with one of those diseases that is very bad for pregnancy; my mother was of somewhat advanced years for those days, and would (she later told me) not have wanted to bring the pregnancy to term had the disease (whatever it was; I want to say whooping cough, but TSOR tells me that one isn’t particularly bad. Measles?) spread to her. She looked in to the state of things in those pre-Roe v. Wade days, and it was clear to her that being fairly well-off and fairly well-connected, she would not be forced to carry the pregnancy to term. But it was also clear to her that without those connections and some spending money, she would not have a choice. That appears (from later conversations) to have had a substantial impact on her political sense. I mean, she was already very politically active and what we now call high-information and as a Mawrtyr she was certainly pro-women’s lib, but I think that she saw that issue very differently after that personal experience, and saw a lot of other issues as being connected with that one, as well. Which they are, of course.

I am glad my mother did carry the pregnancy to term, and if she hadn’t, well, I wouldn’t be too upset about it, would I? But here’s the thing: she got and was able to get good medical care.

And so should everybody else.

I’m not claiming to know the rights and wrongs of what happened at St. Joe’s and with Bishop Olmsted. I will, however, with her permission, pass along my Best Reader’s reaction that she would be a lot happier putting her own care in the hands of somebody who refused the See’s ultimatum than in the hands of somebody who agreed to it.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,