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Swedish to stop providing elective abortions if alliance with Providence approved — Seattle Times


“Out of respect for the affiliation” — Swedish Medical Center will stop performing elective abortions if its pending alliance with Providence Health & Services, a Catholic, not-for-profit organization, goes through, Seattle Times health reporter Carol Ostrom reports.

In the original announcement of the affiliation, both Swedish and Providence said the two organizations would keep their separate names and identities; the announcement said that Swedish would “remain a nonreligious organization”.

. . .  it was not clear why a nonreligious organization would end legal elective abortions, and Swedish officials did not immediately return calls seeking explanation.

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