Lawsuit Filed Against Michigan Catholic Healthcare System

Our friends at the ACLU have filed a lawsuit against a Catholic healthcare system which has prioritized religion over the reproductive healthcare of its female patients.

From RH Reality Check:

The American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Trinity Health Corporation, one of the country’s largest Catholic health-care systems, for what the complaint alleges is a repeated and systematic failure to provide patients experiencing pregnancy complications with appropriate emergency reproductive health care.

Failing to do so is a violation of federal law.

Trinity Health Corporation, headquartered in Michigan, owns and operates more than 80 hospitals around the country. Trinity Health Corporation requires that all of its facilities abide by ethical and religious directives, according to the complaint. These are guidelines developed and distributed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The directives prohibit a doctor working at a Catholic hospital from terminating a patient’s pregnancy even when failure to do so puts the patient’s health or life at risk.

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