However, what specifically does the term religious affiliated mean when it applies to a hospital or other organization that is not a religious facility or institution?
For example, Bay Front Medical Center joined a regional alliance with two hospitals: St. Anthony's in St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's in Tampa,
As a condition for partnering with the Catholic hospitals, Bayfront and the other hospitals agreed to accept the church's ethical and religious directives on medical care -- a fact Bayfront executives foolishly did not disclose at the time.
However, the Bayfront land is leased from the City of St. Petersburg.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organization for Women and other groups are demanding "separation of church and state' for the hospital.
One writer for the St, Petersburg times suggests the city is to blame because Mayor David Fischer and the City Council are insisting that Bayfront's acceptance of Catholic directives cannot be allowed to stand, The city allows no discrimination based on race or gender. Council members believe the religious directive against elective abortion is a lease violation.
Although the city could end up shuttering the hospital, the Catholic church could also modify its ethical and religious directives so this won't happen. Some flexibility on both sides is needed.
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