Monday, July 05, 2010

ACLU Says Catholic Hospitals Violate Law By Refusing Abortions To Save Mothers' Lives

The ACLU announced last week that it has sent a letter (full text) to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services asking it to investigate situations in which religious hospitals refuse to provide emergency reproductive health care. The letter says that refusal of Catholic hospitals to perform abortions that are necessary to save a pregnant woman's life violate provisions of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1395dd, and the Conditions of Participation of Medicare and Medicaid regulations, 42 C.F.R. § 482.13. The letter cited specific cases of refusal of medical care.