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November 8,2013

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 "Washington State Rule Would Require Hospitals To Disclose Reproductive Health-Care Services," Teddy Wilson, RH Reality Check: A proposed rule in Washington state could change hospital disclosure laws and "require public disclosure of policies concerning reproductive health and end-of-life care," writes Wilson, who adds that "hospitals claim creating a list of [such services] would be too complex and potentially misleading." He explains, "Behind the push for disclosure requirements are concerns about the ethical religious directives of religiously affiliated hospitals" -- namely, Catholic hospitals -- that are increasingly merging with secular hospitals. NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Executive Director Rachel Berkson said Catholic directives at such hospitals "prevent access to contraception, reproductive health care, end-of-life care, and [create] issues surrounding the treatment of LGBT families." Wilson notes a hearing on the proposed rule is set for Nov. 26 (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 11/6).