Hundreds of U.S. hospitals follow Catholic directives on reproductive care

Which means hundreds of thousands of women are not getting appropriate care, even when their lives are in jeopardy.

deniedNew reports from the ACLU and MergerWatch say that one in every six hospital beds in the U.S. is in a facility that complies with Catholic directives which prohibit a range of reproductive health care services.

The report, “Health Care Denied,” says:

In some places, such as Washington State, more than 40 percent of all hospital beds are in a Catholic hospital, and entire regions have no other option for hospital care. Catholic hospitals also receive billions in taxpayer dollars.4 These hospitals should not be permitted to turn away patients seeking emergency medical care, to discriminate against women by refusing to provide critical reproductive health services, or to force their values on patients who may not share them.

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5 responses to “Hundreds of U.S. hospitals follow Catholic directives on reproductive care

  1. Well hell.
    If you can’t impose your “values” on people, what good is it being Catholic?
    And besides…any action that keeps Catholics…or any other Christian…from forcing their values upon everybody…welcome or not…is an impingement of Religious Freedom™.

    Amen.

  2. I agree with that. If they take tax dollars, why are they permitted to deny services that are mandated? The Catholic Church has too much power.

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