Judge, ACLU oppose a hospital's 'right to choose'

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with stethoscopeA hospital in the state of Washington may be forced to discriminate in hiring practices if it's forced to abide by a recent court ruling. 

The state has a Reproductive Privacy Act that has been used as the basis for a ruling by Superior Court Judge Raquel Lewis forcing Skagit Regional Health District to do abortions.

Anna Paprocki, an attorney for Americans United for Life, considers the case absurd and shows there's "never enough abortions" for the ACLU.

"There's no claim that there's not access to abortion. There's a Planned Parenthood that is about a half-mile away from the hospital," Paprocki complains.

"The crux of this case," she adds, "is that the ACLU sued a hospital saying, You offer all these maternity services. We want you essentially to have an abortion ward as well."

The hospital only performs what it calls medically indicated abortions but otherwise won't do them because their doctors decline to do so, making it a matter of conscience.

Now the hospital is saying if the ruling stands, it would affect its hiring standards.

"If they're supposed to meet the standard that this judge is asking them to meet," Paprocki explains, "they're now going to have to have an abortion bias in their hiring decisions."

Not only does the ruling need to be appealed because of the manufactured ACLU complaint, she says, but the 1991 Reproductive Privacy Act needs to be revisited by lawmakers.

 

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