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Mon Dec 7, 2015, 04:24 AM Dec 2015

Hospital in Redding denies 2 more women tubal ligation [View all]

A Northern California Catholic hospital that refused to let a woman’s 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 Health’s Catholic facilities” because of the “ethical and religious directives” that govern Catholic hospitals.


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Good - so cut the Federal money malaise Dec 2015 #1
Hell yes! get the red out Dec 2015 #3
Exactly! smirkymonkey Dec 2015 #10
Boom. This. hifiguy Dec 2015 #14
Stop giving these hospitals tax payers' money! leftofcool Dec 2015 #2
"ethical" my arse - ethically, the hospital is objectively evil in this case muriel_volestrangler Dec 2015 #4
WAR on women Omaha Steve Dec 2015 #5
This happened to me in 1981 in Toledo, Ohio Holly_Hobby Dec 2015 #6
I was born there! ellie Dec 2015 #9
I suspect the reason I was denied Holly_Hobby Dec 2015 #11
I had huge problems getting an IUD, because they were afraid it would screw up my fertility.... bettyellen Dec 2015 #19
No Catholic hospitals here but in 1977 I had to doctor shop to get a tubal csziggy Dec 2015 #13
You got that right - Holly_Hobby Dec 2015 #23
what is the term the zealot assholes use??? ah yes....defund them dembotoz Dec 2015 #7
Frankly, I think that no woman should go near any MineralMan Dec 2015 #8
That's nice. A lot of women don't have a choice. LeftyMom Dec 2015 #12
Well, in the case of Redding, CA, there is also the MineralMan Dec 2015 #17
The hospital that was caught performing open heart surgery on healthy people? LeftyMom Dec 2015 #20
Well, that happened in 2004 and earlier. MineralMan Dec 2015 #21
They've been hella sketch more recently than that XemaSab Dec 2015 #22
Xposted to California group KamaAina Dec 2015 #15
Do they allow men to have vasectomies at that facility? KamaAina Dec 2015 #16
well of course Skittles Dec 2015 #24
The so called "ethics" that governs Catholics is incompatible with public health, honestly I... Humanist_Activist Dec 2015 #18
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