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“Hospital Within A Hospital” Possible Solution for Healthcare Merger Concerns

Catholic hospitals, like most religious healthcare institutions, follow a set of medical ethics based in religion. It's probably unnoticeable for a patient with a broken leg, but for others, the difference is clear. There's a gap between what the Catholic church deems acceptable and what the law allows in reproductive services. That gap includes abortion, stem cell research, vasectomies, treatments for infertility, emergency contraception for rape victims and birth control counseling.It's a gap that many are concerned will be created when University of Louisville Hospital merges with Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's Healthcare and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives.

http://archive.wfpl.org/20110722hospitalmerger.mp3

Gabe Bullard is the director of news and editorial strategy.