Austindemocracycoalition.org – in many ways I support the general premise of this group, but object to their inclusion of the Breckenridge hospital debate as one of their issues. They are missing the boat. Many people, including myself are strongly anti-corporate AND strongly anti-violence. This includes all forms of violence, be they police brutality, acts of war, the death penalty, and elective abortion. It doesn’t seem right to me to demand that the Catholic church (which runs Breckenridge hospital under a contract with the city of Austin) provide abortion services when that is against their beliefs. If they are opposed to their stand, then they should come up with an alternative arrangement for someone else provide those services, instead of trying to force the Catholics to engage in activity that they consider to be immoral.

(Besides they’re shooting themselves in the foot. Many of the most ardent anti-corporate activitsts I know are pacifist Catholics.)