In June the University of California Board of Regents voted to end its affiliation with Catholic medical providers and other pro-life medical groups, despite warnings that the change could cut off healthcare to 35,000 people.
Life News reports:
According to The College Fix, the board voted in June not to renew agreements with Catholic and other medical providers that refuse to provide elective abortions and other ethically troubling services. It also banned UC Health from entering future agreements with these healthcare providers; the decision will take effect in 2023.
Despite estimates that 35,000 people, including many poor Californians, could lose access to essential health care, the board voted almost unanimously in favor of the motion, the report states.
The report notes:
Regent Janet Reilly offered one solution, asking “Why don’t we swap out” partnerships with restrictions for facilities that “don’t have these restrictions.”
[Regent John] Perez said “that is an unresolved question,” and indicated there is no plan to account for the 35,000 who would be left without care.
Life News further adds:
But Students for Life spokesperson Lauren Enriquez told The Fix that the regents’ decision is close-minded and discriminatory.
“The choice to caricature Catholic healthcare as ‘discriminatory’ for refusing to violently kill babies and the utter lack of willingness to even tolerate this Catholic stance exposes the truly close-minded, discriminatory attitude of the UC Board of Regents,” she said.