Medicine: Doctors' Dilemma

One of the two general hospitals in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (pop. 40,000) is 200-bed St. Francis Hospital, operated by Roman Catholic Franciscan nuns.* Among the 160 doctors on the roster at St. Francis are many non-Catholics, and some of them are also members of the Dutchess County League of the Planned Parenthood Federation (birth control, etc.). It had been this way for years, and nobody ever did anything about it.

Last week seven non-Catholic staff doctors (three Protestants, four Jews) were told that they had 72 hours either to resign from the Planned Parenthood League or give up the privilege of practicing at...

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