WATERLOO, Iowa – It’s been almost a month since Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare announced it will no longer be scheduling vasectomies or tubal ligations.
Another area hospital says it has seen changes since the Covenant announcement about these reproduction services.
Unity Point Allen Hospital in Waterloo reached out to KWWL today. They say their women’s health services center has seen a spike in patients in recent weeks.
KWWL spoke with Family Nurse Practitioner Kathi Bower. She says some of the new patients have mentioned leaving Covenant Medical Center.
“We just had a meeting earlier today and we were talking about that. We have had a least 2,3, or 4 patients in the last week for sure that have called saying that they came over here from Covenant because of their changes that’s going on with their policies,” Bower says.
Covenant Medical Center issued a statement when announcing it would longer schedule vasectomies or tubal ligations.
The statement reads, “Like all Catholic health care organizations, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is called to adhere to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs). We have been meeting with our providers and colleagues to ensure the medical services we provide are in accordance with these guidelines for Catholic health care services. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is no longer scheduling patients for vasectomies or tubal ligations. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare remains committed to caring for the patients and communities we serve in the spirit of our Catholic values. “
Since the statement, Allen Women’s Health says they’ve gotten calls from people in the community.
Alternatives Pregnancy in Waterloo says they have a different story from Allen. They provide free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STI Tests, and more. All of these services are also provided at Covenant Medical Center.
They say as of now, they haven’t seen any changes in demand in recent months.