Watchdog finds much larger Catholic influence on U.S. hospitals


#1

NEW YORK (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.

uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN0XW15L?irpc=932


#2

That’s interesting. In the Greater Houston area I think we are a net of -1. Two Catholic hospitals were sold to non-Catholic Entities (Christus St. Catherine’s and St. Joseph’s) but St. Lukes went from Episcopal to Catholic ownership.


#3

A woman has a choice but a doctor, even if the doctor is a woman, has no choice?


#4

:D:D:D Oh, yeah, we are taking everything over!


#5

deus vult!


#6

Note that the secularists view any Catholic/Christian influence as something to be eliminated.


#7

No, they’re worried that basic healthcare will be denied to them because you often don’t get to choose what hospital you go to in an emergency and Catholic hospitals don’t provide some services. I imagine you wouldn’t like to call an ambulance and get taken to a hospital run by Jehovah’s Witnesses if you needed a blood transfusion.


#8

Doesn’t the prohibition regarding Jehovahs Witness and blood transfusion only apply to them? Would they try to block non-Jehovahs Witnesses from receiving blood transfusions?
Anyway, abortion is not a life saver. It’s not comparable to blood transfusion.


#9

This is very true, and legal challenges have already been filed against Catholic hospitals for not providing services that are contrary to the faith, such as abortions and sterilizations. These challenges will only increase in number as the number of Catholic-affiliated hospitals increases. They need to stand strong against these attacks more than ever, because it’s only going to get harder for them in the future.


#10

Why would Catholics deny abortions to non-Catholics or those who want them?

Abortion or induced labor absolutely can be lifesavers, which is why people have had to resort to suing Catholic hospital systems in an attempt to force them to change their policies. Many women have suffered painful, unnecessarily extended miscarriages resulting in infections and surgeries because Catholic hospitals refuse to induce labor, transfer women to a hospital that will, or even tell them that’s an option.


#11

Because Catholics can not do that. They can not do it because of the implications of Catholic teaching and because of the ethical directives in place.

Abortion or induced labor absolutely can be lifesavers, which is why people have had to resort to suing Catholic hospital systems in an attempt to force them to change their policies. Many women have suffered painful, unnecessarily extended miscarriages resulting in infections and surgeries because Catholic hospitals refuse to induce labor, transfer women to a hospital that will, or even tell them that’s an option.

Many women? I presume Catholic hospitals must deal with a lot of women with cases of miscarriage, and I’ve heard of very few cases where there have been lawsuits. Why would the Directives in place cause such suffering? According to the following, the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare, in regards to cases of acute chorioamnionitis, “The ERDs do not prohibit early induction in these cases of acute chorioamnionitis as it does not constitute a direct abortion.”

There can be a failure of care in any hospital, non-Catholic or Catholic, but that doesn’t mean the Catholic Directives have anything to do with this.

The Dublin Declaration has been signed by over one thousand medical professionals and it declares, “As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion – the purposeful destruction of the unborn child – is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.

We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion, and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child.

We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.”

dublindeclaration.com


#12

This is a mischaracterization at best. We at Catholic hospitals should not and do not have to provide a service that saves no one and is contrary to our deeply held religious beliefs. Further, providing ethical care harms no one. There is nothing that prohibits care for miscarriages or induced labor for term pregnancies, or even medically indicated preterm pregnancies. This is an attempt to force abortion provision.


#13

I’m trying to determine a scenario in which sterilization is an emergency. I’m really struggling.

Perhaps you can help me?


#14

He/she can’t because there isn’t one.


#15

Wow! A “watchdog” discovered Catholic hospitals follow Catholic teachings!


#16

What basic healthcare services would be denied one who went to a Catholic Hospital in an emergency?


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