Sheila Reynertson, advocacy coordinator for the New York-based MergerWatch Project, who tracks secular-religious hospital mergers, told The C-J’s Laura Ungar that such language puts doctors in “a difficult position.”
For instance, she explains, “cancer doctors may wonder about prescribing birth control to prevent pregnancy, she said.
Catholic directives include a ban on sterilization, abortions, and euthanasia and say Catholic health institutions can’t “promote or condone contraceptive practices.”
Gary Mans, spokesman for the U of L Health Sciences Center, said he doesn’t believe doctors and staff will feel constrained by the directives. (Read more)