Religion and Reproductive Health Care in 2019

Miranda Schonbrun

Religion and Reproductive Health Care in 2019

September 05, 2019 / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm / Add to Google
440 Stephens Hall

Bishops and Bodies: Religion and Reproductive Health Care in 2019


Amy Littlefield (Rewire.News), Arthurine Zakama (UCSF), Karen Scott (UCSF), Lisa Ikemoto (UC Davis) and Olga Smith (UCSF)

Lori Freedman (UCSF) & Ronit Stahl (UCB)


In Spring, 2019, the UC Regents deliberated a proposed affiliation between UCSF and Dignity Health, a Catholic hospital network. As one op-ed stated, “UC’s governing board is flummoxed by the intricate ramifications of this proposal.”

One out of every five hospital beds in the US lies within a religious hospital. Yet many Americans are unaware of the impact religious doctrine and religiously informed policy can have on the information and care they receive, and even their capacity to make decisions in line with their values. While the projected collaboration did not occur, the acceleration of mergers and partnerships between religious and non-religious institutions requires more attention to the “intricate ramifications” of religious health care and the conflicts between religious freedom and religious discrimination that arise in their wake.

The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and UCSF/ANSIRH