University of California regents advance proposal to pressure hospital partners’ Catholic ethics – Catholic World Report

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The regents of the University of California have advanced a proposal that could end longtime partnerships with Catholic hospitals, as well as with other hospitals whose ethics bar participation in assisted suicide, abortion or transgender-affirmative care. Backers of Catholic health care, however, emphasized the benefits of the university-hospital partnerships, and the ability of Catholic health systems to provide effective, ethical care to underserved communities and to the state as a whole. “We work with the University of California system to serve people on MediCal all over the state of California,” Ned Dolejsi, interim executive director of the California Catholic Conference, told CNA June 25. “We’re located in communities that are important places where the University of California would like to train their physicians and other providers. They want to be partners in doing that,” he said. “We’re proud of what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, and the consistency with which we’re doing it.” Pro-abortion and LGBT advocacy groups, which claim Catholic ethics are discriminatory and restrict health care access, have lobbied for changes to the partnerships. Some have even advocated for a policy that would immediately break contracts between the state university and religious hospitals that won’t comply with their demands. “I’d suggest that not every practice is provided in every hospital everywhere. People should spend a little more time understanding exactly what is provided and what isn’t provided,” Dolejsi said.

University of California regents advance proposal to pressure hospital partners’ Catholic ethics – Catholic World Report

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