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Proposed St. Joseph, Providence merger raises concerns over health services
Orange County Register

A proposed merger between Irvine-based St. Joseph Health System and another major Catholic hospital chain, Providence Health & Services, is raising concerns about long-term access to women’s reproductive services.

The American Civil Liberties Union and women’s health advocates say a change in leadership could usher in a more stringent application of church doctrine that dictates the type of medical treatments Catholic-sponsored hospitals may provide.