From the article:
Health care professionals are protesting a proposed hospital merger because they would be forced to deny care to transgender people.
The University of California’s hospital in San Francisco is considering a merger with the Catholic hospital system Dignity Health. Dignity has 39 hospitals.
Because Dignity is Catholic and follows the doctrines of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, doctors and other health care workers there are banned from performing abortions, in vitro fertilization, doctor-assisted suicide, and any gender-affirming care for transgender people.
The hospital chain is currently fighting two lawsuits from the ACLU. In one case, the hospital refused to provide a hysterectomy to a trans man.
It’s not all bad as 1500 faculty, residents, students and alumni have opposed the merger.
Religion in hospitals is such a strange development. Catholic hospitals are a real things, and they do have rules that conform to their religious philosophy.
This merger will impact reproductive healthcare for people that can get pregnant, and transgender people seeking services.
I found it interesting that the article points out that the number of Catholic owned hospitals increased to 22% from 2001 to 2016. That’s almost 1 in 4 hospitals in the US that can refuse you care based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.