People for HealthCare Freedom
In Skagit and Snohomish Counties, Island Hospital, Skagit Regional Health and Cascade Valley Hospital are contemplating a partnership with a larger hospital outside of their districts. Two of the potential partners are Catholic health systems that use church doctrine to restrict care. The Bishops’ Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Service prohibit the following procedures:
● Contraception, including The Pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception
● Sterilization procedures such as vasectomies and tubal ligations
● Fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, and surrogacy
● Abortion, including in the case of extrauterine (ectopic) pregnancies, rape, or incest
● Participation in the Death with Dignity Act (DWDA) provisions
● Participation in any other end-of-life Advanced Directives that the bishops deem to violate the moral teachings of the Catholic Church
When secular (non-religious) community hospitals partner with faith-based hospitals, patients can suddenly discover they have lost access to these vital health options. Hospital partnerships can also cause increases in health care costs, especially when one hospital entity owns or manages all the hospitals in a given geographic area, leaving patients no option to go elsewhere.
What do you want your Healthcare provider to look like?
You can be part of a local, grass-roots movement that:
● Demands that healthcare not be dictated by religious directives
● Gives physicians, especially in critical care situations, the ability to do what is best for their patients
● Insists that patients’ needs come first and that public district hospitals serve their communities
● Respects the Constitutional and statutory rights of all members of society
Please go to our website and see what is happening in your community.” Be part of the effort to protect your healthcare choices. Join us!
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