Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Catholic Health Australia


Disgusted some more.

Thought about it.

Still disgusted. And appalled.


Dear sir/madam,

I write to you with more than just a small degree of disgust over the blackmail stunt that you pulled today. I wish to complain about this as it is clear that you are behaving with an infantile level of dignity, decency and decorum.

Your board member Bishop Joseph Oudeman's threat to close your obstetrics wards in your Victorian member hospitals if the abortion bill successfully proceeds through state parliament is a national disgrace. Possibly even an international one. I cannot believe that you, in good conscience, would even consider resorting to blackmail to try to get this law stopped.

I can't even comprehend how you would even find blackmail to be appropriate.

All the bill requires is for doctors with a conscientious objection to abortion to refer women to doctors who do not. And yet, this isn't good enough for you: You have to enforce your concept of "life" on to the rest of us. Whether we're religious, specifically Roman catholic christians, or not.

How could you possibly do this?

All over the state, there are women who are going to need to give birth. According to stats on The Age's website, your hospitals deliver one third of them. Are you going to deny them assistance in a hissy fit over the laws, if they even become that? Law, that is?

And I read that your CEO, Martin Laverty, has stated that you will not require your doctors to comply with the law on this. This is a disgrace, and is completely irresponsible.

I can only conclude that you have the mental capacity of an eight year old who is threatening to take the bat and ball and go home if by chance he is given out. Please confirm when Mr Laverty and your board will be resigning over this matter.

Should you carry out your threat, I wish to advise that my wife and will have no alternative but to use condoms and birth control pills.

Yours sincerely,




The Hulk said...

Your best one for a while actually. It started off hard hitting but did not quite carry through. You could have really gone nuts with it. However, it is a great complaint and you get extra points for the use of the word decorum.
3.5 stars from the Hulk.

Dikkii said...

I would have thought that you might have liked my punchline.

The Hulk said...

The punchline was good. I did like it. But lets face it, you set yourself up to put in a cracker but just fell slightly short of the mark. (see Bunnings complaint for reference).

Dikkii said...

Well in breaking news, I posted this at my other blog as well and the comments thread has gone ballistic.

Once again, I underestimated the emotions that this sort of thing stirs up.