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Catholic Healthcare

  • American Attitudes on Religious Exemptions: In Theory and Practice [PDF]
    2012, 6 pp.
    This memo highlights the results from a national public opinion survey conducted by Belden Russonello Strategists for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Catholics for Choice. Participants were asked about specific examples of denying reproductive health services for religious reasons, as well as the concept of religious exemptions in general.
  • Catholics for Choice Memorandum on The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
    2011, 9 pp.
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops created a set of guidelines, the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (the Directives), that prevent the nation’s 600+ Catholic hospitals from offering many basic reproductive healthcare services—even if medically necessary. Catholics for Choice has produced a memo that outlines what the Directives do and do not allow, and what Catholics think about them and Catholic healthcare.
  • In Good Conscience: Respecting the Beliefs of Healthcare Providers and the Needs of Patients [PDF]
    2010, 16 pp.

    This pamphlet has been written to give a brief overview of some of the key themes in the debate on refusal/conscience clauses: how conscience clauses evolved; Catholic teachings on conscience; and how the concept of conscience has been manipulated, especially within the context of reproductive health and rights. We hope that it will be useful for those who have an interest in healthcare ethics, those who may be negotiating conscience clauses in their own institutions and states as well as for those who may be considering their own positions on conscience clauses.

  • In Good Conscience: Conscience Clauses and Reproductive Rights  - Who Decides? [PDF]
    2010, 24 pp.
    This publication provides an overview of conscience clauses and reproductive rights in Europe, along with a progressive Catholic perspective on conscience, conscience clauses and the provision of reproductive healthcare services.
  • De Buena Fe [PDF]
    2010, 24 pp.

    En este folleto, Catholics for Choice ofrece una breve reseña de algunos de los temas principales del debate actual en América Latina, incluso la manera en que se ha manipulado el concepto de la conciencia en el contexto de la salud reproductiva y los derechos reproducti.

  • Complying with the Law? How Catholic hospitals respond to state laws mandating the provision of emergency contraception to sexual assault victims [PDF]
    2006, 44 pp.

    This 2006 report commissioned by CFFC reveals whether or not Catholic hospitals in states that had “EC in the ER” legislation at the time of the study—including California, New Mexico, New York, Washington and, to a limited degree, South Carolina—are complying with those laws.

  • Catholic Health Care Update: The Facts About Catholic Health Care [PDF]
    2005, 5 pp.
    This 2005 report provides updated answers to important questions about the current climate of Catholic health care, including information on Catholic hospitals, HMOs and health services for women.
  • Catholic Health Care State Reports
    2002-06, approx. 15 pp. each

    An in-depth report series that reveals the activities of and developments within the Catholic health industry and lobby, as well as state-specific reproductive health issues and initiatives.

  • You Can't Always Get What You Need: A Woman's Guide to Catholic Health Care [PDF]
    2003, 43 pp.
    A woman's guide to Catholic health care. You Can't Always Get What You Need provides information on the services provided and denied by Catholic hospitals, HMOs and other health care providers.
  • Second Chance Denied: Emergency Contraception in Catholic Hospital Emergency Rooms [PDF]
    2002, 24 pp.
    An examination of the impact of the Religious and Ethical Directives, the bishops' guidelines for Catholic health care providers, on the availability of emergency contraception in Catholic hospitals. Conducted by Ibis Reproductive Health, this survey assessed whether Catholic emergency rooms provided EC at all, under what circumstances it was provided and if non-providing ERs would refer women to other providers who could deliver EC within the 72-hour period in which it is most likely to be effective.
  • Student Bodies: Reproductive Health Care at Catholic Universities [PDF]
    2002, 37 pp .
    Part of the Access Series, this is an analysis of the provision of reproductive health care at Catholic universities. This report also provides information about health insurance coverage for employees and students of those colleges and a comparison with reproductive health care service provision in general.
  • Merger Trends 2001: Reproductive Health Care in Catholic Settings [PDF]
    2001, 28 pp.
    2001 was a year of consolidation for the health care industry. After years of rapid growth, the Catholic health care system shed a record number of hospitals, selling or closing 18 facilities. This Access Series report examines the impact of that consolidation, as well as the refusal of the bishops to preserve reproductive health services.
  • Religion, Reproductive Health and Access to Services: A National Survey of Women [PDF]
    2000, 20 pp.
    A national survey on the views of American women conducted amidst a climate of takeovers and mergers of community and non-religious hospitals with Catholic institutions. Questions focus on the availability of reproductive health services, the extent and type of referrals and counseling given to patients, the filling of prescriptions and other aspects of health care that are impacted  by religious dictates in medical settings.
  • Reflections of a Catholic Theologian Visiting an Abortion Clinic [PDF]
    2000, 11 pp.
    A narrative from Catholic theologian Daniel McGuire exploring thoughts, feelings and reactions upon visiting a women's health clinic.
  • Catholic HMOs and Reproductive Health Care [PDF]
    2000, 51 pp.

    This Access Series report documents the scope of the Catholic managed care plans, their relationship to Medicaid and Catholic health systems and hospitals, with a special focus on the resulting impact on access to reproductive health care.

  • Caution: Catholic Health Restrictions May Be Hazardous to Your Health [PDF]
    1998, 57 pp.
    A summary of hospital merger activity in 1998. Included in this Access Series report are an explanation of why Catholic/non-Catholic hospital mergers threaten access to reproductive health services, documentation of the continuation or curtailment of reproductive health services in Catholic/non-Catholic consolidations in 1998 and a close examination of access to emergency contraception.
  • When Catholic and Non-Catholic Hospitals Merge: Reproductive Health Compromised [PDF]
    1998, 69 pp.
    An Access Series report tracking trends in the Catholic health care industry from 1996-97, including mergers, expansions and community response to attacked on reproductive health care.

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