Hoag Hospital's decision to stop performing elective abortions in the wake of its affiliation with a Catholic healthcare group has sparked an outcry among women's rights advocates, who say the move diminishes access to high-quality reproductive care.
These advocates plan to protest outside the Newport Beach hospital at a rally next week, and eight Hoag-affiliated doctors recently penned a public letter registering their disapproval.
"The No. 1 thing a hospital has to have is credibility, and I think they're taking a risk ..." said Suzanne Savary, president of the Newport Beach Democratic Women's Club. "I don't think women's groups are going to let it go away. I think Hoag's reputation is on the line, and that's not a good thing for the [hospital] board to allow."
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