Alabama Hospitals To Pregnant Women – "Sorry, honey, we won’t help you here."

It's what every pregnant woman fears. There she is excited to be pregnant for the first time. She is finally getting over the morning sickness, and she and her husband have just shared the happy news with their friends and family. Then, one night the unimaginable happens. She is lying in bed and she begins to feel immense pain and cramping. She knows something isn't right. She goes to the bathroom and she sees blood. Quickly, she wakes up her husband and the two of them rush to the emergency room.

All miscarriages can be devastating. But, for women in Alabama, this nightmare could soon get a lot worse. This week, the Alabama Senate is set to consider a cruel bill (HB 31) that would permit the hospital staff, including any doctor, nurse, counselor, or lab technician, to refuse to participate in any phase of patient medical care related to ending a pregnancy, even if that is what a patient like this woman needs to protect her own health and future fertility.

Yes, you heard that right. Under this law, if you or a loved one is pregnant and go to an emergency room in Alabama because of serious complications, every medical professional in that emergency room could refuse to help you if the care you needed to protect you from serious harm to your health required ending the pregnancy.

"That can't be true," you say. "How could a doctor at my local hospital turn me away and refuse to treat me? Isn't that malpractice?"

The Alabama legislature is one step ahead of you. The bill would also protect health care professionals from liability for refusing to provide necessary medical care. What's more, the bill would exempt the hospital from liability under Alabama law. This means that even if the hospitals know that the on-duty doctor won't provide appropriate medical care, Alabama law says that in most cases they have no obligation to find someone who will. In effect, the Alabama legislature is saying to a pregnant woman in distress, "Good luck. You are on your own."

Fortunately, there is something you can do. We may not all agree about abortion, but we can all agree that people in Alabama deserve the peace of mind of knowing that when they or a loved one go to a hospital seeking emergency care, they will get the medical care they need. Please help get the word out about this dangerous bill. Share this blog on Facebook and Twitter, and let politicians know where you stand by signing our pledge to fight back against attacks on women's health. But please act quickly. The House has already passed this dangerous bill and the Senate could take it up any day.

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Anonymous

a cruel bill (HB 31)
look under Alabama Health... and the bill is called (HB 31)

Anonymous

I think some men - and even some WOMEN - have decided that a woman is nothing more than "a life support system for that word that starts with a c and rhymes with runt."

I'm tired of people acting that way, and I have no tolerance at ALL for WOMEN who act that way. If you want to be some man's sex toy and nothing more, child-bearer and nothing more, DO IT ON YOUR OWN TIME AND LEAVE ME OUT OF IT.
I've worked in the health care profession my whole life, in an area that some men and a fair number of women think I don't belong, and I've been treated like a life support system for sex and their child-bearer more times than I care to remember. When another women paramedic wrote an article about women in Emergency Medicine, she wasn't kidding when she described their attitudes. You'd think that some of them really WOULD say "Hey you with the vagina. Come over and help with this baby delivery."
If they could get away with it they would.

And I can't honestly believe that ACLU would send out an article that could be that easily contested in a court of law. I don't agree with them on several issues but about how they acquire their information I'm positive they DON'T do in a sloppy way. It's just the opposite. In fact I've been amazed at other stories I read at how much they actually HAVE researched the entire topic before they write about it. They seem to me to be extremely thorough about how they obtain their information, and I'd believe that under any circumstances because I saw the concept in action a few weeks ago.
Anyway, if it's that easy to find them libelous, then the people involved would have already done it, wouldn't they, considering how petty some people are?

Having worked in health care makes me believe this story, b/c I've actually SEEN some doctors refuse to treat miscarriages and more. Things that have made me wonder why the hell they became a doctor in the first place if THAT'S how little they care, but oh well.
It's not the least bit difficult after being in Emergency Medicine for over 10 years, for me to believe there are health care professionals who care more about themselves and their own beliefs than they do their patients.

Beyond that, I'm going to say what a male friend of mine said bc it's short, sweet and to the point.
"It's nobody's BUSINESS what someone they don't even know does with her own body."

Vicki B.-EMT, E...

What the hell kind of "health care worker" WAITS until something becomes a Trauma 1, which is the emergency in question that they "have to respond to," when a Trauma 2 or 3 would have been a LOT easier to DEAL with than waiting until the person's in a true emergency?
I work in Emergency Medicine, but so do these doctors and they ought to feel TOTALLY freakin' STUPID for saying they want to wait until it becomes a true emergency with the patient literally less than 15 minutes away from her own death before they decide that the Hippocratic Oath actually DOES apply to this situation.
Saving a person in trauma becomes more serious as the trauma progresses, and it's ALWAYS been the rule that you DON'T wait until it becomes life-threatening for the patient.
People need to get a damn clue and figure out that these people are playing around with the lives of LIVING, BREATHING-ON-THEIR-OWN human beings, all so they can act like a sanctimonious a-hole about a fetus that until it's at LEAST 25 weeks along CANNOT BREATHE (and so CAN'T live) outside the womb. And they can't do it without help (i.e., an incubator) until they're 38 weeks along. They need a thing called surfactant to do it on their own and the baby's body doesn't make it until the last month of its development.
People who have no background in health care need to shut the hell up. I don't try to tell them about THEIR professions, when I don't know what I'm talking about. They need to stop doing it with mine.
The worst thing about this whole damn mess is that it's nobody's cotton pickin' BUSINESS how anyone else lives their life when they're NOT committing on-the-book crimes but they keep sticking their nose where it doesn't belong anyway.

I think the people who made up that law should be sentenced to looking in the mirror for the rest of their control-freak lives.

Anonymous

This is rediculous! There is already a law stating I do not have to participate in terminations of pregnancies. If the mothers life is REALLY in danger they will have no problem finding care for the patient. I've worked in L&D as well as OR. I am very pro life and do not participate in terminations for convenience or fetal anomalies. I've only seen a couple of times where the mothers life was in serious danger. Many of the terminations are determined to be necessary for deformities or inconveniences. I do not have to nor will I participate in these.

Anonymous

Propaganda!!!the lengths the liberal elite will travel just to impart fear so they "can help"

Anonymous

I think this is misunderstood. A good doctor isn't going to choose not to help a girl in a situation where her life and baby is in danger. However if there is a chance the baby and mother could survive and be fine the doctor should not be forced to end the pregnancy because the patient wants him to. No medical personal should be forced to do something they believe is unethical. If the patient wants to end her pregnancy she needs to find a doctor that doesn't have a problem performing the procedure.

Anonymous

A bit of confusion here because the link takes you to a petition against HR 7, which is a totally different bill. They are actually referring to the Health Care Rights of Conscious Act.

Anonymous

It amazes me that the author is a STAFF ATTORNEY!!... way to misinterpret the act, and use it for your own misguided agenda. I am all for women rights, however this article is a prime example of the idiocy of what is becoming American citizens... she should take couple classes on journalism, wait she fits right in with mainstream media... sensationalized and biased propaganda... i guess either profession would suit her, she is obviously a good liar...

Anonymous

For a hospital to refuse emergency treatment on any grounds is a federal crime.

Anonymous David

How about you people actually read the bill. It says that providers are exempt from being liable " except when failure to do would immediately endanger the life of a patient. Looks like those mothers won't be murdered after all.

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