When there's a heartbeat: miscarriage management in Catholic-owned hospitals
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
When there's a heartbeat
Abstract: 

As Catholic-owned hospitals merge with or take over other facilities, they impose restrictions on reproductive health services, including abortion and contraceptive services. Our interviews with US obstetrician-gynecologists working in Catholic-owned hospitals revealed that they are also restricted in managing miscarriages. Catholic-owned hospital ethics committees denied approval of uterine evacuation while fetal heart tones were still present, forcing physicians to delay care or transport miscarrying patients to non-Catholic-owned facilities. Some physicians intentionally violated protocol because they felt patient safety was compromised. Although Catholic doctrine officially deems abortion permissible to preserve the life of the woman, Catholic-owned hospital ethics committees differ in their interpretation of how much health risk constitutes a threat to a woman's life and therefore how much risk must be present before they approve the intervention.

Author(s): 
Freedman, Lori R.
Landy, Uta
Steinauer, Jody
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Public Health
Journal Abbreviation: 
Am J Public Health
Publication Date: 
2008-10
Publication Year: 
2008
Pages: 
1774-1778
Volume: 
98
Issue: 
10
ISSN: 
1541-0048
DOI: 
10.2105/AJPH.2007.126730
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 18703442 PMCID: PMC2636458

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Lori R. Freedman, Uta Landy and Jody Steinauer. 2008-10. "When there's a heartbeat: miscarriage management in Catholic-owned hospitals." American Journal of Public Health 98: 10: 1774-1778. 10.2105/AJPH.2007.126730.

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