Stop the merger with Holy Redeemer Health System
The merger between Abington Hospital and Holy Redeemer Health System would result in the already stated elimination of access to abortion at AMH as well as have a negative impact on issues involving human and civil rights and freedom of religion.
- The leadership of Abington Memorial Hospital
As concerned members of the community and/or customers of Abington Memorial Hospital (AMH), we emphatically oppose the merger of AMH and Holy Redeemer Heathcare System (HRHS). Under the merger AMH will cease to be a non-sectarian health care provider which serves and respects the human, civil, and religious rights and freedoms of a diverse community.
We are especially concerned that AMH is subjecting itself to a sectarian ideology that
eliminates abortion services as AMH has stated and will impact:
• End-of-life issues
• Contraceptive services for employees and patients
• Respect of Do Not Resuscitate orders and advance health care directives
• Stem cell treatment
• Infertility treatment
• Domestic partner rights
• Resident and fellowship training.
We the undersigned call on AMH to dissolve the merger with HRHS under its current agreement; negotiate openly going forward to include AMH’s medical staff and representative members of this community; and address and resolve the issues and concerns outlined in this petition. HRHS is entitled to its religious beliefs; it is not entitled to impose those beliefs on a secular healthcare provider or the community at large.
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