Seeking a hospital that doesn't limit care
The statement from Marilyn Moon, chair of the Maryland Health Care Commission, that Montgomery County does not "lack available and accessible options" for obtaining reproductive health services ["Adventist keeps up fight for new hospital," Metro, Jan. 6] is inaccurate, and, as a result, her endorsement of the Holy Cross proposal to build a new hospital in the county is seriously flawed.
Released in January 2010, our "Report on Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery County" found that only about one-third of women in need of publicly supported reproductive health care are receiving it. It behooves the commission to take a close look at the concerns identified in this report during the final phase of this hospital proposal comparison. Adventist Hospital would offer the full range of services at its proposed facility. Holy Cross, as a Catholic health-care facility, would deny its patients access to services including contraception, emergency contraception for rape victims, sterilization services for women and men, and abortion care even when the health or life of the woman is at risk.
Montgomery County residents deserve a new hospital that will provide the full range of health-care services we know this community needs. A hospital operated by Adventist can provide such care, while one operated by Holy Cross can not.
The writers are, respectively, director of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health at George Washington University and president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington.
Susan F. Wood and Laura Meyers, Washington
| January 12, 2011; 7:10 PM ET
Categories: Maryland, health care, public health
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