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Catholics Not Welcome … in Maryland?

Washington Examiner reports on the abortion industry lobbying against a Catholic hospital in Silver Spring:

Pro-choice groups are battling a proposed new hospital in northern Montgomery County because of Catholic restrictions on abortion and contraceptives.

Both Holy Cross, a Catholic hospital in Silver Spring, and Adventist HealthCare of Takoma Park have submitted bids to Maryland to build hospitals in upper Montgomery County, one of the fastest-growing areas in the region.

Holy Cross wants to build a 93-bed hospital on the Montgomery College campus in Germantown, whileAdventist wants to build a 100-bed in Clarksburg. The Maryland Health Care Commission is expected to pick between the competing proposals in the spring.

A coalition of women’s group, including Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, are lobbying the state and the county’s elected officials against Holy Cross’ proposal, saying its restrictions on elective abortions and sterilizations would limit the care available to upcounty residents.