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Do Religious Restrictions Force Doctors to Commit Malpractice?

Across the U.S., religious healthcare corporations are absorbing once secular and independent hospitals and in the process imposing religious restrictions that sometimes pit standard medical practice against theology.

Across the United States, religious health-care corporations are absorbing once secular and independent hospitals and in the process imposing religious restrictions that sometimes pit standard medical practice against theology.

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It’s Time to Strip Catholic Hospitals of Their Right to Provide Maternity Care

Virgin Mary in front of Minnesota Catholic hospital

Beatriz’s treatment should be considered cruel and degrading and a violation of the Hippocratic oath to do no harm.

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Ireland’s Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill: 21 Years After X, Business as Usual?

Ireland - coat of arms, national emblem. Decoration on Four Courts Building in Dublin.

In the wake of the tragic and preventable death of Savita Halappanavar, Irish politicians promised that this government would “not become the seventh to ‘neglect and ignore’ the issue of the Supreme Court ruling abortion on the X Case.” Six months later, the cabinet has proposed a bill it says will not “change the law” on abortion.

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When Health-Care Providers Refuse Care, Whose Rights Are at Stake?

No woman should lose rights over her own body - and maybe her life - simply because a healthcare provider thinks abortion is "evil."

If you don’t want to provide the obstetric or gynecological services your patient needs—which may include an abortion—maybe you should choose another field of specialty.

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In El Salvador, Yet Another Woman’s Life Subordinated to Non-Viable Fetus

The story of “Beatriz,” the 22-year-old woman caught in the firestorm of the abortion conflict in El Salvador, continues.

A 22-year-old Salvadoran woman with severe chronic medical conditions is pregnant with a fetus without a brain. But a 1998 law in El Salvador prohibits all abortions, without exception.

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Inquest Confirms Savita Halappanavar’s Life Was Subordinated to Non-Viable Fetus

Savita Halappanavar

This is the inevitable outcome of abortion bans. Women die.

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Why I Refuse to Be Taken to a Catholic Hospital—And Why Other Women Should Too

Stethoscope on Bible

If you’re pregnant and wind up in a Catholic hospital, you could find yourself in more trouble after you’ve seen a doctor than before you walked in the door.

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You Can’t Have it Both Ways: The Interpretation of Catholic Health Policy and the Consequences for Pregnant Women

(Reuters via Lawyer Herald)

As a committee of the Irish Parliament considers proposals to offer limited legal abortion in Ireland, this paper explores how these issues came together around Savita Halappanavar’s death, the interpretation of Catholic health policy and the consequences for pregnant women.

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How Many Amalias, Karinas, and Savitas Must There Be? Las Savitas de Centroamérica

Here in Central America, women are denied life-saving treatment every day. Women with life-threatening illnesses are denied treatment because to do so might harm their pregnancy—just the same explanation that Savita’s husband received from their doctors in Galway.  [This article is published in both English and Spanish.]

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Abortion in Ireland: The Injustice and Day-to-Day Terror Faced by Countless Women

Abortion Support Network’s Jennifer Reiter at a vigil in London

Haunted by the harrowing details of Savita’s death we’re left to wonder how many more women in Ireland may have lost their lives as a result of being denied a life-saving abortion.

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