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“Catholic Health Systems: Public Money for the Delivery of Religiously-restricted Reproductive Health Care”

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
William and June Warren Hall, Room 103
Mar 27
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
William and June Warren Hall, Room 103

Wednesday, March 27th at 6:00pm, “Catholic Health Systems: Public Money for the Delivery of Religiously-restricted Reproductibe Health Care”


Lois Uttley, Women’s Health Program Director, Community Catalyst


Catholic-sponsored health systems have been growing in size in recent years through mergers and acquisitions, and now include four of the 10 largest private health systems in the nation. These systems receive billions of dollars each year in public funding, including Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, while refusing to provide comprehensive reproductive health care. This presentation will explore the power and influence of large Catholic health systems, and their impact on women and LGBTQ people needing reproductive health care. It will also cover efforts by the Trump administration to make it easier for health providers to legally refuse to provide care to which they have religious or moral objections.

In coordination with their current class “Reproductive Rights and Practices,” Professors Carol Sanger and Magda Schaler-Haynes warmly invite you to attend a speaker series concerning various aspects of the regulation of reproduction. These talks are set out below and will start promptly at 6 pm in William and June Warren Hall Room 103 (unless otherwise announced). The speakers are at the forefront of litigation, legislation, and policy and we are proud to open the sessions up to the entire CLS student body and Columbia community. Our cutting edge topics include reproductive care for service women, menstrual equality and the “tampon tax,” Catholic Health Care systems, and employment protection for nursing mothers. 

These lectures are open to the Columbia community.  So that we can accomodate interested students who are not registered for the class, please email Ghislaine Pages, [email protected], if you plan to attend.


Other lecture in the series:

Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:00pm, “’Freedom of Expression:’ Breastfeeding Promotion and the Evolution of Legal Protections for Nursing Mothers at Work” - Galen Sherwin, Senior Staff Attorney, Women's Rights Project, ACLU

Wednesday, April 10th at 6:00pm, “Custody and Control: Abortion Access for Servicemembers and Persons Incarcerated or Detained by the Federal Government.” - Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, Staff Attorney, Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU

Wednesday, April 24th at 6:00pm, “Healthy Mother, Healthy Babies: A Reproductive Justice Response to the Womb-to-Foster-Care Pipeline” - Emma Ketteringham, Managing Director, Family Defense Project, Bronx Defenders

Contact Info: 
Ghislaine Pages, [email protected]
Event RSVP: 

RSVP required. Email Ghislaine Pages, [email protected] .