This is everywhere, of course, as it should be (but a Hat Tip to the reader who emailed me the link!):
One of the most troubling things about modern medicine is that, despite all the good it can do, it embraces some things which are patently, horrifically, ugly and evil. Abortion, ESCR, IVF, and physician-assisted suicide are just a few of those things--yet in Martha Coakley's type of view, anyone who has a problem with these things probably shouldn't be a doctor or nurse.
For Catholics, though, a particular worry is that modern medicine has also embraced the great evil of contraception, declaring it good and normal and necessary for human society. What a horrific lie it is, to convince millions upon millions of healthy woman that their bodies' natural fertility is a terrible disease for which a decades-long prescription to a drug engineered to fight against it is not only necessary, but imperative! Society has bought this lie, hook, line and sinker--there is scarcely even within the Church in America much conversation about the terrible moral evil of contraception, let alone outside of it. I think the uneasy truth for the majority of Americans is that contraception is the Great Enabler--it lets men stay selfish little boys, it lets women pursue the mirage of simultaneous career fulfillment/marriage fulfillment/motherhood fulfillment, and it lets the hawkers and pushers of a thousand useless trinkets relax, secure in the knowledge that more Americans would choose to default on their mortgages than cancel their television subscription services.
But as terrible a lie as contraception is, it is not the worst thing about the emergency contraception Coakley refers to. Emergency contraception, like all other hormone-based contraception, is potentially abortifiacient--if it is taken after conception has occurred, it can interfere with implantation, dooming the developing human to death inside her mother's suddenly inhospitable womb. Modern medicine has dealt with this reality mainly by redefining pregnancy as beginning with implantation--even though there is no innate difference whatsoever between the embryo before implantation and the same embryo later--she is still the same unique individual human being, genetically distinct from her mother and her father though genetically connected to them both.
So the liars who push emergency contraception onto (mainly) young women can say, "Oh, no! This drug won't end a pregnancy if one has started!" because they're defining "pregnancy" and "started" in a radical way that departs from sound biology and sound common sense. And then, using this definition, the anti-life liars can act as though it's only a rather quaint theological objection that keeps Catholic nurses or Catholic doctors from wanting to hand abortifacient drugs to patients who come to the E.R. demanding them. (Oh, and though the scenario of rape is the one invoked in all these moral dilemmas, does anyone doubt that the goal is to force Catholic doctors and nurses to give out emergency and all other contraception and to perform and assist at abortions as part of the necessary qualifications to being a doctor or nurse?)
In Martha Coakley's view, it would be better all around if Catholics just didn't even try to be medical professionals. Better to decimate the ranks of doctors and nurses than to budge an inch on the anti-life agenda; better to put up "No Catholics Need Apply" signs on all the hospital doors in Massachusetts. Those signs are already up in Massachusetts when it comes to adoption services organizations and Justice of the Peace offices anyway, so it's not like adding a few hundred more will make a difference to a state that is slowly being engulfed by its own wicked stupidity.