Bruce Silva

Damned If You Do...
February 22, 2012

The debate over contraception and health insurance got a lot of people's attention. But it wasn't the first time the conflicting imperatives of Catholic health care institutions -- to heal the body and to nurture the spirit -- have come into conflict. Controversies have been popping up all over the country, frequently over questions of reproductive health. I write about this in the latest issue of TNR, starting with this anecdote about a hospital in Arizona: Sierra Vista is a rural community about 80 miles southeast of Tucson and about 20 miles north of the Mexican border.

Unholy Alliance
February 22, 2012

When the Obama administration decided that birth control coverage would be mandatory for all insurance policies, even those provided to employees by large religious institutions, the outcry from Catholic leaders and social conservatives surprised a lot of people. But conflicts between health care and religion, particularly Catholicism, are not news in many parts of the country. Just ask physicians in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Sierra Vista is a rural community about 80 miles southeast of Tucson and about 20 miles north of the Mexican border.