On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Trinity Health Corporation, which operates 80 hospitals nationwide, because they refused to perform abortions on women with life-threatening emergency complications. These Catholic hospitals are operating under the “Ethical and Religious Directives”, or ERDs, set by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, which prohibit abortions under any circumstance — even when a mother’s life is in danger. By so doing they are breaking federal law, argues the ACLU, as the “Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act” says that whenever a patient comes in with an emergency condition, the hospital is required to provide any treatment necessary to stabilize the patient. “For women undergoing certain pregnancy complications or miscarriage, the stabilizing treatment may be abortion,” Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, a staff attorney at the UCLA told Buzzfeed. Trinity Health released a statement saying their case had “no merit” and that the ERD’s were consistent with “high-quality health care.”
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