Bellingham City Club Program June 2013
Catholic hospitals account for more than 12 percent of health care institutions in the United States, which means that roughly one in eight Americans seeks treatment at one, whether they realize it or not. Here in the Northwest our percentage of Catholic hospitals is much higher 44 percent and growing. In many communities, especially in the western part of our state, a Catholic hospital is the only alternative. Given the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDS) for Catholic health care services issued by the U.S. Catholic Bishops, procedures such as abortion, birth control, sterilization and patients' rights regarding end-of-life treatment are either restricted or unavailable regardless of the patient's desires and existing legal rights.
To shed light on this controversial topic, on June 26th we will be very pleased to welcome to the City Club Cienna Madrid, a Seattle journalist who has been following this story for many months; Sarah Dunne, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington; and Nancy Steiger, Chief Executive Officer at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.
City Club meets for lunch on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Northwood Hall (3240 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham, WA). A buffet lunch is served at 11:50 a.m.; the program starts at 12:20 p.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. Lunch costs $13 for members and $18 for non-members when purchased in advance on Brown Paper Tickets; a limited number of tickets may be available at the door at the cost of $15 for members and $20 for guests. The program is open to the public.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ADVANCE TICKET SALES CLOSE at 10:30 am, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Founded in 1993, the Bellingham City Club is a non-partisan civic organization that fosters dialogue and debate on important issues facing our community.
Northwood Hall Event Center (View)
3240 Northwest Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
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