An L.A. Times column examines an ACLU and Merger Watch Project report entitled "Miscarriage of Medicine: The Growth of Catholic Hospitals and the Threat to Reproductive Health Care." The findings show that the growth of Catholic hospitals impacts the quality and type of care women receive. One in every 9 acute-care hospital beds are now in Catholic hospitals; facilities which do not provide women with medically accepted and up-t0-date care if that care conflicts with religious directives established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Times’ column reports on the ACLU’s suit against the Conference of Bishops:

“My biggest concern is that the facilities have religious directives rather than medical standards governing care in some instances, and that patients don’t know that,” said ACLU Deputy Legal Director Louise Melling, co-author of a new study raising alarms about Catholic health systems. “The size and scope of the Catholic hospital system isn’t known to many people, and many don’t understand the restrictions that are in play once they step through those doors.”

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