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Federal Appeals Court Hears Tamesha Means’s Case, Woman Denied Emergency Medical Care Because Of Hospital’s Religious Directives


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Federal Appeals Court Hears Tamesha Means’s Case, Woman Denied Emergency Medical Care Because Of Hospital’s Religious Directives

CINCINNATI - A federal appeals court will today hear a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Tamesha Means, a pregnant woman who was denied emergency medical treatment for a miscarriage because the hospital was prohibited from providing appropriate care by religious directives written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The directives prohibit doctors working at Catholic hospitals from terminating a woman’s pregnancy or providing information about abortion, even when the woman’s health or life is at risk.

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A hospital that refuses to provide a standard of care sufficient to the needs of the population in its catchment area should not be licensed, especially as the only hospital within reach for emergency care. The UCCSB must not be allowed to control health care.