For example, the implications for Catholic hospitals alone if these protections are rescinded is epic. Pate says Catholic hospitals are in real danger if this goes through. In our phone interview, Pate reiterated what he’d written in recent post at The Next Right: If these institutions’ conscience rights are not protected, they could be forced to shut their doors or reduce services. Undoubtedly, poor and rural patients served by these institutions will suffer the most in such a scenario. Catholic hospitals make up an estimated 20-33 percent of major medical facilities nationwide. On top of the burden this will put on poor and rural patients, we can expect many of these hospitals to pop up for sale, representing a major shift in American medical care from nonprofit and community-oriented care to for profit institutions.