Doctors affiliated with the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Okla., are no longer allowed to prescribe contraception for use as birth control.
The small Catholic hospital will allow doctors to prescribe contraceptives for cramps, menstrual pain or endometriosis.
“I have spoken to my doctor about my birth control options,” an unidentified patient told the Bartelsville Examiner-Enterprise. “I was told that my physician has been instructed that they can no longer write prescriptions for birth control as birth control. This effects me because I take birth control as birth control. There are other ways to receive birth control, for example headaches, cramps, excessive bleeding, but I have none of those symptoms."
According to another patient, the hospital, which is the only one in the area, will no longer be prescribing IUDs (intrauterine devices).
The St. John Health System, the Catholic corporation that owns Jane Phillips Medical Center, claims its new policy is “consistent with all Catholic health care organizations” and “in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Facilities.”
According to CatholicsForChoice.org, Catholic-owned hospitals that follow religious doctrine, instead of medical guidelines, financially benefit from public funding, including state and federal grants.
Medical guidelines for these Catholic hospitals are created by bishops, not doctors.