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    1. Do you also believe that a Catholic hospital has the right to prevent a woman employee from getting an abortion even though they know it will kill her not to, and the fetus has no chance of surviving either way?

    No, I do not believe that a Catholic hospital has the right to prevent a woman employee from getting an abortion. That is a different question from things like (1) does the Catholic hospital have to provide the abortion in its facilities or (2) does the Catholic hospital have to subsidize payment of that abortion. On the other hand, if you are talking about a Catholic school (I live in New Orleans, where the Catholic school system is pervasive) and the woman got an elective abortion and was open about it with her students, then I think the Catholic school would be within its legal rights to fire her. See this unanimous decision from the SCOTUS. There are situations where a religious institution, as an employer, are beyond the scope of certain laws if compliance with those laws violate the religious beliefs of the institution.

    2. Do you believe in the right of the Catholic church requiring employees to convert and tithe?

    No. But I do believe that, when someone is hired for certain positions at a Catholic run institution, it can be made a requirement of their employment that they comply with certain underlying religious beliefs. And a unanimous panel of the SCOTUS agrees with that.

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