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New York Times: mergers with Catholic hospitals put women’s health at risk

February 29, 2012

“A wave of mergers between Roman Catholic and secular hospitals is threatening to deprive women in many areas of the country of ready access to important reproductive services,” The New York Times states in an editorial. “Catholic hospitals that merge or form partnerships with secular hospitals often try to impose religious restrictions against abortions, contraception and sterilization on the whole system.”

“State regulators should closely examine such mergers and use whatever powers they have to block those that diminish women’s access to medical care,” the editorial continues.


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  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 29, 2012 6:08 PM ET USA

    Perhaps we should send the New York Times a copy of the First Amendment to our Constitution. It is clear that they are not aware of its contents.

  • Posted by: rpp - Feb. 29, 2012 3:41 PM ET USA

    They are demanding a religious test for those who want to engage in commerce. Yep, that's "freedom" in the People Republic of America.

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Feb. 29, 2012 1:39 PM ET USA

    Funny, I think the risk is in the other direction: that secular hospitals will influence and corrupt otherwise Catholic institutions.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Feb. 29, 2012 7:32 AM ET USA

    How does one _try_ to impose? Did these impositions work, or not?