Is Your Health Care Compromised?

More than one in six hospital beds is Catholic-owned or –affiliated, and millions of people rely on Catholic healthcare each day in the U.S. Whether they are seeking routine or life-saving medical care, are their options more limited than would be offered at a secular facility? The newly released report, Is Your Health Care Compromised? from Catholics for Choice, answers that question.

The report looks at recent mergers across the US which have resulted in an increased number of hospitals and medical facilities that are governed by the church’s Ethical and Religious Directives, often with limited communication about these changes to the communities they serve. The 2009 edition of the Directives contains 72 directives that, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, provide “authoritative guidance on certain moral issues that face Catholic health care today.” In practice, the Directives mean:

  • No access to abortion, even in cases of rape or incest;
  • No ability to choose modern contraception, including sterilization;
  • Restrictions on treatment for ectopic pregnancy;
  • No access to in vitro fertilization;
  • None of the benefits of embryonic stem cell research;
  • No deference to advanced medical directives; and
  • No access to emergency contraception, except in cases of sexual assault after it can be proven that pregnancy has not occurred.

To read more about how the Catholic hierarchy and the healthcare industry are bad medicine in many communities, read the full report here.