Howard, a former member and president of HNPS as well as a non-believer in anything supernatural, gave the following statement regarding the event.
“I support women's right to choose, Roe vs. Wade, contraception and the Death with Dignity Act passed by Washington's voters.
More and more secular, tax supported hospitals are being taken over by Catholic health-care providers. This means that the ultra-conservative Catholic doctrine will control the now Catholic run hospitals which means, in short:
1. No end of life counseling, information, cooperation etc. will be allowed per
2. No contraceptive information, tubal ligations, abortions or other women
friendly information or services will be allowed per Catholic doctrine.
This has already happened in Whatcom County where both hospitals are controlled by Catholic doctrine. There is currently a proposed operating agreement between United General Hospital in Skagit County and PeaceHealth St. Joseph, a Catholic organization. The State Department of Health is currently considering a Certificate of Need which would allow the takeover of United General by PeaceHealth.
There are several other hospitals and clinics at risk for takeover in Washington State and some have predicted that unless the citizens of Washington wake up to the hazards, the Catholic doctrine will rule in every medical facility in Washington.
I intend to write a letter to the DOH and am looking for support from secular organizations, including HNPS if they're willing.”
This presentation will be on January 19th at the Skagit valley Co-op starting at 11:00 AM. We hope you can join us for this informative discussion.
Coffee and light snacks will be provided by the HNPS.