An article in the The New York Times addresses the growing problem of restrictions on healthcare in Washington as more and more hospitals merge with Catholic healthcare ministries. Island Hospital in Anacortes, the latest secular hospital exploring a possible merger with PeaceHealth, is featured in Hospital Mergers Reset Abortion-Access Battle.
Peace Island Medical Center, the critical access hospital that replaced Inter Island Medical Center on San Juan Island, is owned and operated by PeaceHealth Health Care Ministries. PeaceHealth abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives.
From the Ethical and Religious Directives:
In compliance with federal law, a Catholic health care institution will make available to patients information about their rights, under the laws of their state, to make an advance directive for their medical treatment. The institution, however, will not honor an advance directive that is contrary to Catholic teaching.
Catholic health institutions may not promote or condone contraceptive practices but should provide, for married couples and the medical staff who counsel them, instruction both about the Church's teaching on responsible parenthood and in methods of natural family planning.
In case of extrauterine (ectopic) pregnancy, no intervention is morally licit which constitutes a direct abortion.
Catholic health care services must adopt these Directives as policy, require adherence to them within the institution as a condition for medical privileges and employment, and provide appropriate instruction regarding the Directives for administration, medical and nursing staff, and other personnel.
Employees of a Catholic health care institution must respect and uphold the religious mission of the institution and adhere to these Directives.
An excellent source of information is Monica Harrington's website catholicwatch.org. It has extensive information about the present situation, upcoming mergers, healthcare restrictions and much more.