Nineteen groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter Monday to drugstore chain Walgreens expressing concerns about the company’s plans for a Catholic hospital to run its in-store health clinics in Washington state and Oregon.

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Nineteen groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter Monday to drugstore chain Walgreens expressing concerns about the company’s plans for a Catholic hospital to run its in-store health clinics in Washington state and Oregon.

In the letter, the organizations asked if the clinics would allow access to contraception, abortion drugs and prescriptions to help terminally ill patients end their own lives, which is legal in both states.

The groups note that other health organizations have stopped providing abortions after partnering with Providence Health, the Catholic hospital.

“In our states, we have consistently seen that when secular entities join with religious health systems, the services, information or referrals provided at the secular entity become limited by religious doctrine,” the letter said.

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When Swedish Medical Center in Seattle partnered with Providence Health in 2012, it stopped offering elective abortion services, the groups say.

When Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton affiliated with a religious health system in 2013, its doctors stopped prescribing aid-in-dying medications.

Highline Medical Center in Burien also agreed to comply with Catholic ethical guidelines when it partnered with a religious health system in 2013.

Organizations including NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Compassion & Choices and several gay-rights organizations signed the letter.

It also asked whether Walgreens would continue to serve all customers equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It questioned whether transgender men or women will be able to receive a prescription for hormone therapy at one of the clinics.

“Can Walgreens offer assurances that its LGBTQ customers and LGBTQ patients at the clinics will be treated with dignity and respect and will receive the same medical standard of care as any other customer?” the letter said.

Walgreens has announced Providence Health will be opening 25 health clinics within its stores.

The Catholic hospital said it did not expect services at its Express Care clinics to go beyond treatment of minor illnesses, from colds and sprains to skin infections, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Other issues will be referred to primary or specialty-care providers, spokeswoman Colleen Wadden said.

She promised that all patients, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, would be treated with the same respect, care and compassion.

The Providence spokeswoman did not mention contraceptive services in her written statement, but Walgreens said those services are offered at the more than 400 health-clinic locations it manages and would continue to be offered.

“We have no plans to change any of our current policies in light of the Providence relationship,” said Jim Cohn, a spokesman for the Deerfield, Ill.-based company.

This is the first time Walgreens has collaborated with another health-care company to operate a clinic in one of its stores. All the rest are run by Walgreens, Cohn said.