New Texas Medical School Under Scrutiny

AUSTIN (August 12, 2013)--As the University of Texas prepares to open its medical school in 2016 in Austin, it is dealing with the delicate process of crafting agreements between the public university and the private religiously-affiliated health care provider that will run the facility.

At the new medical school, most of the faculty and new doctors they train will be employees of Seton Healthcare Family, the largest health care system in Central Texas and will be required to follow the Catholic Ethical and Religious Directives, which include rules concerning birth control, abortion and end-of-life care.

The Austin American-Statesman reported that the relationship between the two institutions is under scrutiny.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a letter to both last month, saying the agreement was unconstitutional.

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