UW Medical Students, Grad Students Question PeaceHealth Partnership

More than a thousand UW medical students and other grad students are questioning how the University of Washington’s deepening relationship with PeaceHealth will affect medical training and clinical services over time. PeaceHealth is a Catholic health care ministry that requires its physicians and other staff to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health read more…

Boeing Employees Face Choice: Catholic or non-Catholic Health Care

Boeing recently announced that its employees will be able to choose from two Partnership Plan Accountable Care Organizations: UW Medicine or Providence/Swedish. Because UW is a public institution, no religious restrictions are imposed on physicians or patients.  With UW Medicine, Boeing employees and their families will have access to the full spectrum of reproductive health read more…

Will Genital Mutilation be Protected as a Form of Religious Expression?

The Catholic Church insists that it has the right to deny women and girls medically-appropriate treatment because of religious doctrine.  In Catholic hospitals and medical centers across the country, women are regularly denied access to contraception, abortion, fertility treatments, and other services that the Catholic bishops say offends their rights to religious liberty. In the read more…

Federal Judge: No Contraception for Employees of Catholic Institutions

According to the Boston Globe, a federal judge in Oklahoma City has granted nearly 200 Catholic employers an injunction to temporarily prevent the US government from “forcing” them to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. Here’s the complete post. Noteworthy is the judge’s commentary that members of the Catholic Benefits Association, which filed the lawsuit in read more…