PeaceHealth and Catholic Health Initiatives: The CHI Takeover is Back on the Table

From all indications, the Catholic Health Initiatives takeover of PeaceHealth is back on the table.  Some recent announcements, including a recent key hire at PeaceHealth, tell the tale.  Below is the backstory and evidence that CHI, a huge health care ministry and an ultraconservative entity of the Catholic Church, is once again looking to take read more…

One Year After AG Opinion, Pregnant Women in Danger on San Juan Island

One year after Washington State’s Attorney General issued a formal opinion related to hospital taxing districts and their obligation to provide appropriate care to pregnant women, pregnant women around the state are facing increasing danger, nowhere more so than on San Juan Island. Here’s how that happened. San Juan Island lies in the NW corner read more…

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…

Catholic Justices Deliver on the Agenda of their Church

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was quick to praise today’s Supreme Court decision, rendered by five male Catholic justices. What’s so telling about this decision is how perfectly it aligns with Catholic beliefs, and how the justices seem completely and utterly incapable of understanding how their decision today should, if it were reasoned read more…

Video: “Religious Doctrine, Medical Best Practice, and You”

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State recently sponsored a panel discussion focused on the growing encroachment of religious doctrine on WA’s health care system.  I was honored to give the opening presentation.  Also on the panel were experts from Planned ParenthoodVotes, the ACLU, and Compassion & Choices plus an ethicist from the 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…

Why the Rights of Roman Catholics Matter More than the Rights of Jews and Jehovah’s Witnesses

I encourage you to watch the very recent Congressional testimony from Mathew Staver of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University of Law on why the rights of some people matter more than others. You might think Staver is an extremist, but he was invited to appear before the panel because many members in Congress support Staver’s views. 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…