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Hospital Mergers Reset Abortion-Access Battle

posted on May 15, 2013

Though Washington state is largely Democratic, liberal on life issues, and not particularly religious, it’s becoming the center of debates regarding access to abortion and physician-assisted suicide. Kirk Johnson of The New York Times reports the shift is because of the state’s recent “wave of proposed and completed mergers between secular and Roman Catholic hospitals, which are barred by church doctrine from performing procedures that could harm the unborn.” Johnson continues, “It is also one of only two states … where voters have approved a physician-assisted suicide law for terminally ill people. Centuries of Catholic teaching hold suicide as a mortal sin.”

Read at The New York Times