We believe everyone should get the health care they need. But in California, more than one in six hospital beds is in a Catholic facility with religiously restrictive policies. This results in many of us being denied basic and necessary care. We are not alone, nor are we silent. Read our stories and share your own.
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After years of trying to get pregnant, Michelle and Josh were heartbroken to learn their first pregnancy would not survive. To add insult to injury, the Catholic hospital in Mission Viejo, California where they were being treated shamed them, judged their choices, and delayed Michelle’s medical care, thereby threatening her health.
I gave the people at the front desk my name, and right away it seemed like they already knew who I was and I why I was there. I noticed people looking and me and whispering. It felt like people at the hospital had discussed my case and knew my very personal medical information. It was deeply embarrassing. Calling me “he” and referring to me...
Jacob was living in Arcata in 2018 when he had complications while recovering from gender-affirming surgery. He initially sought care at the only hospital in the region, St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka. But St. Joseph Hospital is Catholic, and Jacob is trans.
Hannah is a UCLA undergraduate who has a hormonal disorder that impacts the ovaries. In 2018, she was taken to the closest emergency room in severe pain. The Catholic hospital ignored her symptoms and refused to treat her, putting her at risk for further medical issues and prolonging her pain.
Rachel Miller sought to have her tubes tied after a planned C-section at her nearby hospital in Redding, California. But Mercy Medical Center, a Catholic hospital, refused to allow her doctor to do the procedure. “I hope my case will shine a light on this issue so that others aren’t turned away. No one should be denied medical care their doctor recommends.”