Given Pat Powers's hypersensitivity to criticism of the Catholic Church and his fellow believers, he might want to give the self-flogging Bosworth for Senate campaign a little more scrutiny.

In a May 18, 2013, blog post, Chad Haber tries to cobble together what he thinks sounds like a prolife screed to build his wife's cred among anti-abortion GOP primary voters. As a sharp-eyed commenter notes, Haber lifts a bit of his text from a 2009 Knights of Columbus press release announcing that organization's ultrasound initiative. The Knights of Columbus helps anti-abortion "crisis pregnancy centers" with expensive ultrasounds devices to help persuade women not to have abortions.

Haber says the Knights of Columbus "are doing a great thing," but...

Unfortunately Dr. Bosworth would not qualify for one of their ultra sound machines because she is not Catholic [Chad Haber, "Pro Life, Right to Life, Every Heart Beat Counts, Ultra Sound Initiative in South Dakota," Half Wayish? 2013.05.18].

Hmm. My eager reader passes along the Knights of Columbus ultrasound initiative guidelines, and nowhere do they require that recipients of their medtech largesse be Catholic. KoC publishes these requirements for their local chapters in establishing a relationship with a pregnancy counselor:

  1. Locate a pro-life pregnancy care center that is prepared to receive and use an ultrasound machine. [For Dr. Bosworth, check!]
  2. Determine that this pregnancy care center will be able to staff and operate this machine. This will include:
    • Ensuring the center is properly licensed under state and local laws and regulations to operate an ultrasound machine [check!]
    • Ensuring that the center is affiliated with a medical doctor who is willing to oversee the ultrasound machine operations [check!]
    • Ensuring that the machine will be staffed with licensed and experienced medical personnel [check!]
    • Ensuring the center has adequate insurance for operation of the machine [Dr. Bosworth is in business, and I assume doctors can't do business without paying for insurance, so check!]
  3. Determine that the pregnancy care center is not anti-Catholic in any way (i.e. - some centers have individuals who have attempted to lead Catholic women away from the Church). [hold on...]
  4. In a manner prescribed by the Supreme Council Office, submit documentation showing that you have completed each of the above steps.

[Knights of Columbus, "Ultrasound Initiative Guidelines," downloaded 2013.06.07]

The above criteria don't say that recipients have to be Catholic. They just can't be anti-Catholic. That's a pretty obvious distinction that Haber gets obviously and baselessly wrong. As long as Dr. Bosworth isn't trying to get people to skip Mass and come to Celebrate Church with her instead, Knights of Columbus should be happy to spot her an ultrasound machine.

Somewhat incoherently, Haber writes that "Dr. Bosworth’s example Preventive Health Strategies will follow there is no preaching needed just an introduction between a mother and a baby." Again, hmm.... The Knights of Columbus aren't asking anyone to preach the Catholic gospel. Crisis pregnancy centers do their share of preaching alongside their lies about science and medicine. But if that's the preaching Haber is talking about, he's not going to win any votes from Allen Unruh, Bob Ellis, and the other misogynist absolutists whom he's trying to tease with his "Pro Life, Right to Life" headline.

Maybe Chad Haber is taking a page from my satire playbook, cloaking his liberal views in co-opted conservative phrases. But as I review his writing, I find the simpler explanation is that he just can't put words and facts together in a clear explanation. Dr. Bosworth, if your fishing expedition to Washington flops some cash into your campaign basket, make sure you spend it on a communications coordinator who knows how to write.