United Methodist Response to Hospital Mergers
WHEREAS, a crisis in health care is occurring in communities across the United States because of the ever-increasing number of hospital mergers, and
WHEREAS, such mergers often put the availability of AIDS prevention information, fertility services, artificial insemination, tubal ligations, vasectomies, condom distribution, contraceptive medication and devices, "morning after" pills, and abortion services at risk; and
WHEREAS, such mergers can result in the denial of certain types of end-of-life health care; and
WHEREAS, the effect of these mergers is most severe in poorer communities that have limited health care options to begin with; and
WHEREAS, these mergers are usually completed, often with the assistance of public money, before the public is even aware they are happening or what the consequences will be;
Therefore, be it resolved, that the General Board of Church and Society and the Women's Division work to alert their constituencies concerning this crisis in reproductive and end-of-life health care, and
Be it further resolved, that the General Board of Church and Society and the Women's Division expand their health and wholeness public policy advocacy to include this critical issue of reproductive and end-of-life health care; and
Be it further resolved, that the General Board of Church and Society and the Women's Division work in cooperation with appropriate community groups to make resource materials available to local churches; such materials to include briefing papers, articles, action alerts, sample sermons, and information on gaining legal intervention when necessary to deal with the crisis of increasingly limited reproductive and end-of-life health care in their communities.
Resolution # 3208, 2008 Book of Resolutions
Resolution #112, 2004 Book of Resolutions
Resolution #102, 2000 Book of Resolutions
See Social Principles, ¶ 162V.
From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.