Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Bearing Faith: The Limits of Catholic Health Care for Women of Color
Columbia Law School | 435 West 116th Street | New York, NY 10027
Jerome Greene Hall Room 646
12:10 - 1:10 pm
A Discussion on a new report from the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project, with report authors Kira Shepherd and Elizabeth Reiner Platt
This event is co-supported by Columbia Law School's chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, and the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project
We are pleased to present a student-facing panel discussion at Columbia Law School to discuss the research methodology, findings, and implications of a new report released in January by the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project and Public Health Solutions, "Bearing Faith: The Limits of Catholic Health Care for Women of Color."
This report presents new research finding that women of color in many states disproportionately give birth at hospitals that place religious ideology above best medical practice. Across the country, Catholic hospitals are governed by strict guidelines that prohibit doctors from providing contraceptives, sterilization, some treatments for ectopic pregnancy, abortion, and fertility services regardless of their patients’ wishes, the urgency of a patient’s medical condition, the doctor's own medical judgment, or the standard of care in the medical profession. In many states, women of color are far more likely than white women to give birth at Catholic hospitals, putting them at greater risk of having their health needs subordinated to religious tenets. This finding is especially troubling given that women of color already face a range of health disparities, which increase their need for comprehensive reproductive health care.
A Press Release regarding the report may be found here: https://www.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/gender-sexuality/PRPCP/press_release_-_1.19_bearing_faith_-_links.pdf
A .pdf of the report may be accessed here: https://www.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/gender-sexuality/PRPCP/bearingfaith.pdf
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is not required.