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How will St. Luke's medical center buyout affect care offered?

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News that St. Luke's Episcopal Health System is being sold promises important and overdue upgrades to the medical center mainstay, but the deal also comes with changes that could deny care to some patients.

Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives says it's $2 billion purchase of St. Luke's means an introduction of Catholic church doctrine, in care, that will forbid certain services and procedures.

Contraception, sterilizations, abortions and in-vitro fertility treatments will all be unavailable as part of the Catholic church's 'Ethical and Religious Directive' that stipulates the protection of human life from the moment of conception.

Monsignor Frank Rossi, of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese, speaks on medical ethics. He says church's directive is clear, "Life is sacred from the moment of conception until a natural death. So, in that spectrum, we must do everything we can to protect and preserve and to promote human life."

St. Luke's says the treatments, in question, are a small fraction of what the hospital provides. CHI says, when necessary, it will work with patients to see their needs are met by other providers.

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