It's all about control.
There are more than 600 Catholic health care institutions in the United States,
12% of the total,1 and about one in six Americans is treated in a Catholic
health care institution each year.2 In 2003, there were more than 15.4 million
emergency room visits and more than 86 million outpatient visits to Catholic
hospitals.3 This would be of little interest or importance if it were not for the fact
that, as a result of Vatican-imposed guidelines, a full range of reproductive health
care services are routinely not offered at Catholic facilities.This especially impacts
people living in areas where the only health facility is a Catholic one, where it is
not obvious that a local facility is Catholic and low-income people who routinely
rely on emergency rooms at charitable hospitals for primary health care.