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Court orders North Carolina, West Virginia to fund sex changes in state health care plans

Apr 29, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a statement that this decision “cannot stand” and he intends to appeal... Read more


Seriously ill UK teen dies fighting mental competence ruling

Sep 15, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

“I want to die trying to live,” the young woman told a psychiatrist evaluating her. “We have to try everything.” Read more


Pediatricians’ group affirms support for ‘gender-affirming’ care, calls for review of guidelines

Aug 7, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The American Academy of Pediatrics said its board of directors had voted to reaffirm its 2018 policy statement in support... Read more


Archbishop laments 10,000 people have died waiting for medical care in Chile

Jul 25, 2023

By Julieta Villar

During the first four months of this year, 9,139 patients in the public system have died in Chile while waiting... Read more

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco.

Complex Catholic hospital mergers pose ethics challenge for U.S. bishops

Jul 13, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones, Lauretta Brown

The U.S. bishops’ conference has asked its Committee on Doctrine to address issues such as transgender surgeries and hormone treatments. Read more

Veteran Affairs health clinic in Eugene, Oregon.

U.S. bishops: Senate vote keeping abortion in veteran health benefits is a ‘gross failure’

Apr 20, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The bishops said it is “inhumane” to provide taxpayer-funded abortion as “a so-called solution to pregnancy.” Read more

Boston Children's Hospital

Medical groups ask DOJ to investigate critics of hospitals’ gender surgeries on children

Oct 4, 2022

By Edie Heipel

The groups urged the Department of Justice to “investigate” and “prosecute” anyone responsible for spreading “disinformation” about gender programs.  Read more

Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis and Catholic Healthcare International founder and President Jere D. Palazzolo sign a Collaborative Affiliation Agreement Sept. 8, 2022 in Denver, Colorado, beginning the process of establishing an independent medical school on the Benedictine campus, as CHI board member Fr. Timothy Nelson, MD, looks on.

Catholic medical school named for Padre Pio planned at Benedictine College

Sep 9, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, has signed a collaboration agreement to host a proposed medical school that aims to train... Read more


Credentialing board launches to certify, oversee health sharing ministries

May 31, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Health sharing ministries can now seek accreditation from an independent Healthcare Sharing Accreditation Board, an option that will benefit both... Read more


Health-sharing ministry's bankruptcy shows need for good standards, scrutiny, insiders say

Apr 28, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A faith-based ministry that aimed to help Christians share one another’s medical costs filed for bankruptcy and dissolved last year,... Read more


Despite new law allowing hospital clergy visits, some Arizona patients can still face difficulties

Mar 4, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A new Arizona law strengthened the ability of hospital patients to receive clergy visitors, but reports that some patients still... Read more

Catholic health care giant Ascension to mandate coronavirus vaccines for employees

Jul 29, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Catholic health care network Ascension will mandate coronavirus vaccination for its employees, physicians, volunteers, and vendors. It cited a... Read more

Ohio state capitol

Ohio enacts health care conscience protections

Jul 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

Ohio state law now includes conscience protections for medical professionals, after Governor Mike DeWine signed a state budget bill into... Read more

University of California regents advance proposal to pressure hospital partners’ Catholic ethics

Jun 26, 2021

The regents of the University of California have advanced a proposal that could end longtime partnerships with Catholic hospitals, as... Read more

Arkansas governor signs landmark medical conscience objection law

Mar 29, 2021

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law on Friday legislation allowing doctors to decline to perform non-emergency medical procedures that... Read more

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Doctors, hospitals, fight 'transgender mandate' in federal court

Mar 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

Doctors can’t be forced to perform gender-transition surgeries against their conscientious beliefs, argued attorneys for doctors and hospitals on Wednesday... Read more

Pope Francis looks out a window of the apostolic palace March 18, 2020.

Pope Francis honors sacrifice of medical workers who died in coronavirus pandemic

Feb 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his gratitude for the sacrifice of medical workers, especially those who have died in the... Read more

The flag of Venezuela.

Venezuelan campaign focuses on lifesaving medication for the poor

Feb 18, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Lenten campaign launched by Caritas Venezuela is raising money to help poor and vulnerable people in the country buy... Read more

Judge blocks HHS rule protecting doctors who object to transgender surgery

Aug 18, 2020

A federal judge has halted the Trump administration’s rule protecting doctors’ right to object to abortion and transgender surgery, just... Read more

Transgender lawsuit against Catholic hospital cites new US Supreme Court precedent

Jul 20, 2020

A Catholic hospital in Maryland faces a lawsuit from a person who presents as a transgender man because it would... Read more