Catholic influence on US hospitals is growing
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From rawstory:



Catholic influence on US hospitals is growing — a troubling sign for reproductive rights
Reuters



A growing number of U.S. hospitals are now owned or affiliated with Catholic health institutions that restrict procedures such as sterilizations or abortion, according to patients’ rights watchdog MergerWatch.

Between 2001 and 2016, the number of Catholic-owned or affiliated hospitals rose 22 percent to 548 from 449, most of them nonprofit facilities, MergerWatch said in a report released on Thursday.

While adherence varies, many of these hospitals follow the directives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops which prohibits on religious grounds procedures that can interfere with conception or that terminate pregnancy.

“In general, Catholic hospitals provide excellent care,” said Lois Uttley, director of MergerWatch and an author of the report. “Our concern is with these restrictions with reproductive healthcare.”

The Catholic Health Association could not comment on the report before it was made public.

MergerWatch said it seeks to protect patients rights as hospitals merge, with support from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and philanthropic institutions such as the Ford Foundation.

MergerWatch’s last count of Catholic-owned or affiliated hospitals, released in 2013, showed 381 facilities as of 2011, up from 329 in 2001. Its new report added a count of Catholic hospitals acquired by secular health systems which continue to follow religious directives, as well as public or nonprofit hospitals that do not declare an affiliation but are managed or owned by Catholic health systems.

In all, 14.5 percent of all acute care hospitals in the country are now Catholic-owned or affiliated, the MergerWatch report said. The concentration is much higher in 10 U.S. states, including Washington, Colorado and Missouri, where more than 30 percent of acute care beds are in Catholic-owned or affiliated facilities.

The ACLU said women may be unaware of the restrictions at a particular hospital until they arrive at an emergency room during a miscarriage.

Julia Kaye, a staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, has seen an uptick in complaints and litigation since 2013.

Kaye said this issue has been a problem for a long time, but “it is gaining more national attention.”

Jennafer Norris, 37, contacted the ACLU about her experience eight months ago at a Catholic hospital in Arkansas. She does not plan to file a lawsuit but has begun speaking about her case publicly. The ACLU put Reuters in touch with her.

Norris is a former social worker who was using the long-term contraceptive IUD, or intrauterine device, but became pregnant. She developed high blood pressure and other complications seen during two previous pregnancies.

A doctor at the hospital determined she needed a Caesarian-section eight weeks before her due date to protect her and the baby. Norris asked for a tubal ligation at the same time to ensure she would not get pregnant again, but the Catholic hospital refused.

“They told me I had to go along with their hospital procedures or discharge myself against medical advice and go to another hospital,” said Norris.




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"a troubling sign for reproductive rights"

AKA: "a great pushback against practices which harm babies/women/men, sometimes kill women, leave voids in our society from the missing people who never got a chance to live, etc, masquerading as 'rights'"
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Quote: The ACLU said women may be unaware of the restrictions at a particular hospital until they arrive at an emergency room during a miscarriage.

What the Sam Hill does a miscarriage have to do with one's "right" to butcher their child? I can't say I've ever heard of a Catholic hospital refusing to help someone during a miscarriage.
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(05-08-2016, 08:07 AM)Sir Charles Napier Wrote:
Quote: The ACLU said women may be unaware of the restrictions at a particular hospital until they arrive at an emergency room during a miscarriage.

What the Sam Hill does a miscarriage have to do with one's "right" to butcher their child? I can't say I've ever heard of a Catholic hospital refusing to help someone during a miscarriage.

It's the only circumstance they could think of that would land an "unsuspecting woman" at a hospital and "vulnerable" to the policies of the hospital.  Translation: it's a load of crap.
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Contraception and abortion aren't health care. Health care is the prevention or treatment of disease, and pregnancy isn't a disease.

But what do you expect from the left, who have zero concept of personal responsibility and instead blame everything on society? When there's a constitutional right to have consequence-free sex, you know something's gone seriously wrong with the whole concept of rights. And, if it's all about 'my body, my choice', why is it that it's illegal to ingest various substances, but the government can't prohibit the pill? (Of course, the answer's the same activist Supreme Court that brought us all sorts of things in the '60s and '70s, but that doesn't make it make any more sense.)
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