Doctors in Pennsylvania Hospital Merger Ready To Resign Over Ending Abortion Access

The merger of Abington Memorial Hospital and Holy Redeemer Health Systems has gotten potential patients up at arms. Now we are learning that staff at the Hospital are just as angry.


“I am extremely, extremely upset about this,” says Abington obstetrician Sherry Blumenthal. “No one in our department was consulted. This decision reduces our commitment to health care for women.” Blumenthal is contemplating severing her 22-year relationship with Abington, and says she’s not alone. “I know of at least 10 physicians who are considering leaving.”

Abington performed 64 abortions last year, 69 in 2010, many of which were for women at high risk, where their pregnancy seriously compromised their health.

We’ve learned in the past that what passes for abortion to preserve the health of the mother is vastly different in Catholic hospitals, where one nun was excommunicated and demoted for approving an abortion for a mother suffering from a serious condition being complicated by her pregnancy.

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  • fivehole

    Don’t let the door hit you in the arse. . . . . 

  • bj-survivor

    Are there grounds for filing a lawsuit to at least delay the merger? Seems like this would be a good case since Catholic hospitals won’t even provide abortions in emergencies, thus allowing both mother and doomed fetus to die. How this is considered “pro-life” is beyond me, but there you have it.


    My hospital system was Catholic Healthcare West (now totally secular Dignity Health, though all Catholic hospitals will remain Catholic, unfortunately). I was proud of our hospital system’s CEO’s vociferous defense of the medically-necessary abortion performed at St. Joseph’s in Arizona.

  • crowepps

    In most cases, government approval of mergers is necessary.  When people protest stenuously enough, mergers can be prevented.