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Religious hospital policies on reproductive care: What do patients want to know?

Women lack the basic knowledge that hospitals can choose to restrict care due to religion, and 80% of respondents want specific information about how care is restricted. Women want information about all three standard means of miscarriage management and facilitated transfer to care not offered due to religious restrictions. The vast majority of women think that religious restrictions should not be allowed.


Our analysis indicates that the vast majority of adult American women of reproductive age want information about a hospital’s religious restrictions on care when deciding where to go for ob/gyn care. Growth in the US Catholic healthcare sector suggests an increasing need for transparency about these restrictions, so that women can make informed decisions and, when needed, seek alternative providers.