ALCU Calls for Provision of Emergency Reproductive Care to Pregnant Women
A letter has been written by American Civil Liberties Union to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in which it has urged the federal health officials to lay down a system so as to enable Catholic hospitals to provide emergency reproductive care to pregnant women because religiously affiliated hospitals believe it against their ethics to conduct abortion and other related services.
Taking the example of a woman’s abortion case at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, the ACLU stated that there should not have Catholic disapproval in the case when the a woman’s abortion was required to save her life as she was dying of severe hypertension that had raised complications.
ACLU attorneys wrote in the letter, "This confrontation never should have happened in the first place, because no hospital - religious or otherwise - should be prohibited from saving women's lives and from following federal law”. The letter was named to Donald Berwick, the CMS administrator, and his deputy, Marilyn Tavenner.
Earlier also, the ACLU lodged a complaint with CMS in July and demanded for a federal investigation into problems being faced at Catholic hospitals across the country, which is still pending.
On Wednesday, Ellen Griffith, a Medicare spokeswoman told that no attention had been paid to the original complaint and the officials had not assessed the letter.
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