Will Catholic nursing homes really be forced to condone euthanasia? Wesley J. Smith thinks so, and, quite frankly, I agree with him. Or at least, I agree that as the language of the proposed California law is ambiguous enough to make it a serious possibility, barring amendment of the legislation.
To be honest, I think we're standing at the edge of a new era of anti-Catholic and anti-Christian policy in America. The situation in Massachusetts which essentially forced Catholic bishops to shut down their adoption services rather than continue to allow children to be adopted by gay couples is just one example. Another is the growing debate over pharmacists' rights to refuse to fill prescriptions for drugs such as Plan B or other abortifacient contraceptives. And both New York and California have passed laws requiring the Catholic Church to pay for contraception for their employees; their narrow 'religious exemptions' don't cover such institutions as Catholic schools, Catholic Charities, or other organizations run by the Church.
So it doesn't surprise me that California would have no problem forcing Catholic and Christian nursing homes to allow so-called health care professionals to enter their facilities, hand some of the patients a lethal drug cocktail, and then waltz right back out again, conscious not only of a job well done, but also of the fact that those religious kooks who own the place can't stop them, restrict their access to the facility, or punish them in any way for their death-dealing activities.
If anything, I'm surprised that it took the State of California this long to come up with another way to show people of faith just how unwelcome they are in the Golden State.
But this is just the beginning. When the rest of America catches up with California (and New York and Illinois and Massachusetts, for that matter) what will we do?