From Crosscut: Why is Washington Paying Catholic Hospitals To Take Away Care? – January, 2014
Are We Paying Catholic Hospitals to From the Seattle Times: Is Catholic Church Taking Over Health Care in Washington? – May, 2013
From the Seattle Times: It’s Time to Reexamine the Role of Faith in Health Care Delivery – February, 2012
From the New York Times: Growth of Catholic Hospitals May Limit Access to Reproductive Care – February, 2012
From Seattle’s The Stranger: Faith Healers – February, 2013
From The Columbian: ACLU Says Faith-Based Hospitals Jeopardize Reproductive, End-of-Life Care – March, 2013
From the Seattle Times: Hospitals’ Proposed Affiliations with Catholic Systems Opposed – April, 2013
From the New York Times: Hospital Mergers Reset Abortion Access Battle – May, 2013
From ProPublica: Catholic Hospitals Grow and With Them Questions of Care – Octobber, 2013
Other Links and Resources
How Catholic Health Care Compromises Women’s Health – read excerpts on blog post and access complete report from National Health Law Program
American Civil Liberties Union – ACLU has several documents/resources available on religion/healthcare issues in Washington State, which has highest concentration of Catholic controlled health care
MergerWatch – has been tracking issues related to religiously-affiliated hospitals since 1996; they provide support and expertise to communities who may be affected
Map that shows Catholic-controlled health system presence by state in the U.S. Note that this map is already out of date as the ACLU estimates the percentage in WA will be 44% when all proposed/pending deals go through.
Compassion & Choices – org that helps terminal patients as they make decisions about end-of-life care
Catholics for Choice: Strong voice representing the majority view of American Catholics that men and women have the right to make decisions about their own reproductive lives.
Family Planning Advocates – Group of advocates organized back in 1977, whose purpose was to defend reproductive rights in NY state. They’ve since become a great resource for people who care about gender equity in health care.