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The decision does not affect the dispensing of emergency contraception following rape or sexual assault, emergency services for women who experience complications from pregnancy termination at other facilities, or management of ectopic or other pregnancy complications, according to the letter sent out to physicians dated May 1.
The review of services was prompted by the hospital's partnership with St. Joseph Health, a Roman Catholic-affiliated institution, although Braithwaite said at no point did St. Joseph pressure the board to change its policy on elective abortions. He pointed to other procedures still performed at Hoag, including tubal ligation, which are typically not provided by Catholic healthcare providers.
One might ask why Hoag Hospital would do any abortions if they are partnering with St. Joseph Health System? After all, "emergency contraception" is meant to stop the implantation of a fertilized zygote, which - according to Catholic teachings - is a life. Although the Los Angeles Times describes as a "Roman Catholic-affiliated institution," is a self-described ministry, as they explain:
When the St. Joseph Health was created in 1982, the elected leadership of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange exercised the responsibilities of sponsorship. In May 2008, the sponsorship was transferred to St. Joseph Health Ministry, a church corporation consisting of six individuals, commissioned by the founding sponsors.
Only two of the six individuals are not religious, in that they do not belong to a religious community. The remainder are sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.
Not everyone is happy.
Physicians had mixed reactions to the announcement, according to Dr. Allyson Brooks, the executive medical director for Hoag's Women's Health Institute.
"We consider ourselves a center of excellence … and have provided great care, so it's not unusual for our OB/GYN staff to feel like something went away," Brooks said.
Notwithstanding the plethora of places in Orange County to obtain an elective abortion, the Catholic Church is sure to come across as the Big, Bad Wolf, denying women their choice.
What is funny is that this is likely to generate more outrage and indignation than when Hoag elected to no longer provide in-patient pediatric care since Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) was doing such a fine job up the road.