ACLU Sues Catholic Hospital System for Refusing to Perform Abortions

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and its Michigan affiliate are once again suing one of the nation’s largest Catholic hospital systems for refusing to perform abortions.

Trinity Health Corporation requires the 86 hospitals it owns and operates in 21 states to abide by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ethical Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.

“The Directives… prohibit Catholic hospitals from terminating the pregnancy of a woman suffering a pregnancy complication, even if such care is urgently needed to protect a woman’s health or life” in violation of the 1986 Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, according to the lawsuit ACLU filed Thursday in federal court in Detroit.

It accuses Trinity of “refusing to providce pregnant women suffering emergency medical conditions with abortions necessary to stabilize them” on at least five occasions..