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Hundreds of Hospitals Are Denying Women Reproductive Care on Religious Grounds

As election season moves forward, the already contentious debates over a woman’s right to reproductive care are heating up even more. And a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is stoking the fires.

According to the report, more than 500 hospitals in the U.S. are affiliated with the Catholic Church, and as such, are systemically denying certain types of reproductive care to women.

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To put it in context, that means one in six hospitals in America are restricting women’s reproductive rights—and in some cases denying life-saving procedures—on religious grounds.

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The list of procedures being denied at these hospitals is long, and it spans a pretty wide spectrum. We’re talking everything from providing basic methods of contraception to infertility treatments and even abortions in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.

According to Catholic catechism, abortions go against moral law—no exceptions. And technically, the same applies to contraception of any kind.

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In major cities with multiple points of access to health care, this may not seem like a big deal. But for some women, these hospitals are the only option. The report found that 46 of the hospitals on the list are the only community hospital in the area. And for women facing a medical emergency, receiving proper access to care can be a matter of life and death.

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