150 Doctors Protest Hospital’s Decision To Stop Offering Abortions

150 doctors at Abington Memorial Hospital are resisting the hospital’s decision to stop offering abortion services following Abington’s merger with a Catholic hospital. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Abington said it would defer to the Catholic hospital’s moral teaching against abortion — even though the combined entity opening in 2013 would be a secular, regional health system.” But as the doctors point out, Abington is one of the few institutions in the area that perform abortions, and they worry about leaving women with no viable options for the procedure. “There is strong opposition to having our medical practice dictated by Catholic doctrine rather than our patients’ best interests and standard of care,” a letter released by the doctors reads.