Blue State Blues
As the ACLU sues American bishops for denying a Michigan woman reproductive care, Washington state is facing its own fight with Catholic hospitals over abortion coverage.
Suzanne Holland is a practicing Catholic, a professor of science and values at the Methodist-aligned University of Puget Sound, and an admirer of the commitment of Catholic hospitals to serve the poor, regardless of cost. But she’s also a lesbian, and despite her religious affiliation, she’s wary of going to her local Catholic hospital for her own healthcare needs.
“I would prefer not to use the Catholic hospitals in my area because I don't know if they would recognize my domestic partner,” Holland said recently. “We’re not legally married, so I don't know if they’d recognize her as my healthcare surrogate or not.”