St. John Health System issued a statement this afternoon. The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports:
Contrary to reports last week that contraceptives could only be prescribed for medical reasons, the statement released Monday appears to indicate that physicians employed by SJHS and practicing at Jane Phillips Medical Center can prescribe contraceptives to be used as birth control, leaving the decision to individual physicians.
“Appears to” is right – it’s very muddy. Very Cover Your Ass; very waffling; very You Can Have Both.
The unsigned document states in full:
“Consistent with Catholic health care organizations, St. John Health System operates in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, and therefore does not approve or support contraceptive practices.
(This is a syndicated post. Read the original at FreeThoughtBlogs.)