Hospital in Redding denies 2 more women tubal ligation [View all]
A Northern California Catholic hospital that refused to let a womans doctor sterilize her after childbirth, then changed course after being threatened with a sex-discrimination lawsuit, has denied tubal ligations to two more pregnant women, citing religious principles.
Mercy Medical Center in Redding, owned by Dignity Health of San Francisco, is again facing a possible lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the two women, joined this time by a nationwide group, Physicians for Reproductive Health.
California law ... does not permit hospitals open to the general public and supported by public funds to deny patients medically indicated pregnancy-related care, lawyers for the women and the doctors group said Dec, 2 in a letter to the hospital and its owner. Nor does it permit corporate entities to elevate their theological tenets over patient health.
In response, the hospital issued a statement saying that in general, it is our practice not to provide sterilization services at Dignity Healths Catholic facilities because of the ethical and religious directives that govern Catholic hospitals.