'Planned Parenthood 2.0' cannot be a Catholic institution

'Planned Parenthood 2.0' cannot be a Catholic institution

'Planned Parenthood 2.0' cannot be a Catholic institution

A Catholic watchdog organization wants a major healthcare system to dump its denominational identity.

CommonSpirit Health, the largest Catholic non-profit healthcare system in the United States, has partnered with Tia Women's Health, a New York-based women's primary and reproductive health clinic that got its start in 2017 as a chat-based app called "Ask Tia," which was designed to answer questions about "birth control, sexual health, insurance coverage, and more."

Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute has discovered that the latter provides telemed chemical abortions.

Hichborn, Michael (Lepanto Institute) Hichborn

"This partnership formed in 2021, and it wasn't long after that that Tia Women's Health decided that it was going to start performing abortions," Hichborn reports. "But they had made their position on abortion known long before they formed the partnership with CommonSpirit, which means that CommonSpirit had to have known that they were eventually going to be doing this kind of thing."

His 64-page report catalogues the "intrinsically evil activities" of the Catholic health network, but the gist is that CommonSpirit has helped Tia form a business that is comparable to Planned Parenthood.

"This is absolutely a blatant violation of the faith," Hichborn asserts. "There's no way that CommonSpirit Health should be allowed to call itself a Catholic institution, and the bishops of the United States have an obligation to raise canonical charges against CommonSpirit Health to have it stripped of its Catholic identity."

The Catholic Church has long held that abortion is a "moral evil" and "gravely contrary to the moral law."