Target: Hoag Memorial Hospital CEO Robert Braithwaite
Goal: Protect abortion services in Orange County, CA.
United States reproductive healthcare is under threat by opponents of abortion. Access to such services is being restricted in many ways, one of which occurs during hospital mergers. When a Catholic hospital gains control over a secular one, abortion services can be cut off. That is exactly what just happened in Orange County, California.
California’s Hoag Memorial Hospital announced in a letter to physicians that it would no longer perform elective abortions. This news came two months after the hospital officially entered into a partnership with St. Joseph Health System, a Catholic hospital group. St. Joseph does not provide contraception or abortion services. Upon the merger’s finalization, doctors were assured that there would be no change in services provided at Hoag, including those concerning women’s reproductive care.
Hoag Memorial Hospital CEO Robert Braithwaite claimed that the decision was not religious, but strategic. He cited a low number of elective abortions performed at the hospital and emphasized that when there is a low volume of procedures, the quality of care is also low.
This analysis is suspicious, and the timing of the announcement adds to the controversy. The assumption that a limited number of abortions indicates poor service is not logical. It seems that a Catholic agenda is slowly permeating our country through hospitals, taking away a woman’s right to choose. Please sign your name below to convince Robert Braithwaite to reverse his decision and to provide elective abortions at Hoag Memorial Hospital.
Dear Mr. Braithwaite,
Please reverse your decision to end elective abortions at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, CA. Women in the area need to access these services in case they have nowhere to turn to.
The justification that you provided in the letter to physicians is not convincing. You claimed that the hospital provides about 100 elective abortions per year, and because of that the quality of care can suffer. Is the implication from this argument that it is not safe for a woman to go to Hoag for an abortion, even when medically necessary?
It seems that your decision is not medically motivated, but rather influenced by the partnership with St. Joseph Health System, a Catholic hospital group, which is against both contraception and abortion. Many physicians working at Hoag worry that reproductive healthcare is being taken away from women. A woman’s right to choose is protected under the U.S. Constitution.
Please reevaluate this situation and allow elective abortions to be performed at Hoag Memorial Hospital.
[Your Name Here]
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