What Happens When Medical Care & Religion Are At Odds?

September 18, 2019

Today, we'll hear from a doctor who was fired for help she gave a terminally ill patient. We'll also hear from the health system that fired her. Here's how this unfolded: a patient came to Dr. Barbara Morris, asking about Colorado's End-of-Life Options Act. The doctor knew it wouldn't be easy to proceed because her employer, Centura Health, considers aid-in-dying morally unacceptable. The Catholic and Adventist system laid that out in her employment agreement. She and her patient sued to challenge that position. And then, last month, she was fired. We'll hear from the CEO of Centura, which has 15 hospitals in Colorado, but we begin the discussion with Dr. Barbara Morris.