Robert Braithwaite, Hoag CEO, Lays Blame for Banning Abortions on Hospital's Incompetence

Categories: Doctor's Orders

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You can almost see the nose of Robert Braithwaite, the CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, growing. After Hoag's board finalized a partnership with Catholic health group St. Joseph Health System, Braithwaite revealed via a letter to his doctors that they will no longer provide elective abortions, swearing the decision was made on medical and not religious grounds.

Uh, riiiiiiight ...

If the decision was truly medical, it certainly surprised Hoag medical practitioners. Gynecologists and obstetricians are expressing outrage over the policy change, saying they were led to believe the new affiliation with St. Joseph would not alter the nature of care they offer.

So here's Braithwaite's "medical" justification: Hoag performs fewer than 100 such abortions a year, and low volume can mean low quality of care.

That's good to know for anyone who suffers from a rare injury, disease or other malady. According to Hoag Memorial Hospital CEO Robert Braithwaite, his Hoag Memorial Hospital is incompetent when it comes to treating anything it does not treat often. Good to know where NOT to go in such instances (while also knowing where Braithwaite SHOULD go).

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11 comments
lawmaba
lawmaba

Abortion is not health care.  Please do the research.  Women are harmed by abortion, not helped.  Abortionists make a lot of money exploiting women in a crisis.  Women deserve better than abortion.  Recall abortion. 

Kitty Martini
Kitty Martini

maybe some establishments don't want to deal with being hassled by religious extremists (terrorists) they can be pretty dangerous and destructive.

Rory Jordan
Rory Jordan

Im totally pro choice Im just syaing the right too choose is around the corner. They dont have a right to choose what to offer?

Bonnie Kennedy
Bonnie Kennedy

:-( go to planned parenthood, ladies. Freedom!!!

Alfredo Borunda
Alfredo Borunda

Whatever the reason, good for them...the murder of unborn children has no place in a hospital supposedly dedicated to healing.

R Keith Beal
R Keith Beal

Call these idiots and tell then you don't do business with organizations who discriminate against women! (949) 764-HOAG (4624)

Ian Craven
Ian Craven

The right to choose is going to be dictated by this asshole. I'm sure other surgeries are rare, does he refuse those as well?

Rory Jordan
Rory Jordan

and when less then a mile away there is a plan parenthood ta boot

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