Public funding of religiously-sponsored hospitals that use doctrine to restrict reproductive health care and coverage
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Describe the amount of public funding going to religiously-sponsored hospitals in the United States and discuss whether these facilities should be able to use religious doctrine to deny reproductive health care to their patients and contraceptive coverage to their employees. Evaluate whether health care providers that take public dollars should be expected to provide all medically-indicated reproductive health services in a timely, appropriate manner.
Keyword(s): Religion, Reproductive Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of MergerWatch, a 15-year-old national initiative working to protect access to reproductive health services when secular hospitals merge with religiously-sponsored hospitals or health systems. I hold a Master's in Public Affairs and Policy. I have served as Chair of the APHA Action Board and Co-Chair of its Joint Policy Committee. I recently published an article on this topic in the NYS Bar Association Health Law Journal.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.