Women’s health care options can often be limited and dictated by the growing number of Catholic run hospitals. That reality is the basis for a recent lawsuit the ACLU filed against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops involving a woman who was miscarrying but was denied important information and medically appropriate treatment options because of the Catholic health care directives. The Washington Post today cites American Hospital Association figures which reveal that one in six hospital patients in the US are treated in a Catholic affiliated hospital. One third of the 630 Catholic hospitals across the country are in rural communities that have no other hospitals in the area. Louise Melling, ACLU deputy legal director points out that:

“As the number of Catholic hospitals increases they can constrain care… In some instances, (Catholic) directives are governing care rather than medical guidelines.”

As Melling explains,

“This isn’t about religious freedom. It’s about medical care.”

Read the article.