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

This is the biggest crock of fear-mongering bullshit I've ever read. Anyone with a brain knows that a hospital would never turn away a pregnant woman who was actually in distress. Wanting to get rid of your unborn child does not count as being in distress. It is absolutely despicable for any woman to think they have the right to play God and "take care of their problem" by means of abortion. There's this service called adoption that women like myself are seeking and if you are unable to care for your child after they're born, that should be your first option. Please read this response below because it sums up everything that could possibly be said in response to this article.

http://chicksontheright.com/posts/item/25330-example-794-372-439-of-the-kind-of-desperate-tactics-pro-abortionists-will-use-to-push-their-agenda

Anonymous

I'm SO glad that others are seeing the total B.S. in the article also. Stop fear-mongering, ACLU.

Anonymous

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision in this act,
4 in a life-threatening situation where no other health care
5 provider is available or capable of providing or participating
6 in a health care service, a health care provider shall provide
7 and participate in treatment, care, or procedures until an
8 alternate health care provider capable of providing or
9 participating in the emergency treatment, care, or procedures
10 is found or otherwise becomes available."

Section 7. The provisions of this act shall not
9 apply to health care institutions or employers who are
10 licensed by the State of Board of Health as abortion clinics.
11 Further, nothing in this act shall modify, amend, repeal, or
12 supersede any provision of Section 6-5-333 of the Code of
13 Alabama 1975, or any judicial interpretation thereof."

Stop lying!!!!

Anonymous

DEBUNKED

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision in this act,
4 in a life-threatening situation where no other health care
5 provider is available or capable of providing or participating
6 in a health care service, a health care provider shall provide
7 and participate in treatment, care, or procedures until an
8 alternate health care provider capable of providing or
9 participating in the emergency treatment, care, or procedures
10 is found or otherwise becomes available."

Section 7. The provisions of this act shall not
9 apply to health care institutions or employers who are
10 licensed by the State of Board of Health as abortion clinics.
11 Further, nothing in this act shall modify, amend, repeal, or
12 supersede any provision of Section 6-5-333 of the Code of
13 Alabama 1975, or any judicial interpretation thereof."

Anonymous

Two sections of the Actual Bill:

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision in this act,
4 in a life-threatening situation where no other health care
5 provider is available or capable of providing or participating
6 in a health care service, a health care provider shall provide
7 and participate in treatment, care, or procedures until an
8 alternate health care provider capable of providing or
9 participating in the emergency treatment, care, or procedures
10 is found or otherwise becomes available."

Section 7. The provisions of this act shall not
9 apply to health care institutions or employers who are
10 licensed by the State of Board of Health as abortion clinics.
11 Further, nothing in this act shall modify, amend, repeal, or
12 supersede any provision of Section 6-5-333 of the Code of
13 Alabama 1975, or any judicial interpretation thereof."

SO...This article is a blatant LIE!

winsomebulldog

You are a lying sack of garbage. From HB 31 and in DIRECT CONTRADICTION TO WHAT YOU WROTE:

d) Notwithstanding any other provision in this act,
4 in a life-threatening situation where no other health care
5 provider is available or capable of providing or participating
6 in a health care service, a health care provider shall provide
7 and participate in treatment, care, or procedures until an
8 alternate health care provider capable of providing or
9 participating in the emergency treatment, care, or procedures
10 is found or otherwise becomes available."

Section 7. The provisions of this act shall not
9 apply to health care institutions or employers who are
10 licensed by the State of Board of Health as abortion clinics.
11 Further, nothing in this act shall modify, amend, repeal, or
12 supersede any provision of Section 6-5-333 of the Code of
13 Alabama 1975, or any judicial interpretation thereof.

So, Jenny, how about you try not being a raging liar?

Anonymous

Here's all you need to know.
http://chicksontheright.com/posts/item/25330-example-794-372-439-of-the-kind-of-desperate-tactics-pro-abortionists-will-use-to-push-their-agenda
Yes, this "article" is more than misleading, it's a flat out lie designed as a scare tactic to perpetuate the imaginary "War on Women." Though we should expect nothing less from the ACLU.

Anonymous

Two sections of the Actual Bill:

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision in this act,
4 in a life-threatening situation where no other health care
5 provider is available or capable of providing or participating
6 in a health care service, a health care provider shall provide
7 and participate in treatment, care, or procedures until an
8 alternate health care provider capable of providing or
9 participating in the emergency treatment, care, or procedures
10 is found or otherwise becomes available."

Section 7. The provisions of this act shall not
9 apply to health care institutions or employers who are
10 licensed by the State of Board of Health as abortion clinics.
11 Further, nothing in this act shall modify, amend, repeal, or
12 supersede any provision of Section 6-5-333 of the Code of
13 Alabama 1975, or any judicial interpretation thereof."

Anonymous

Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie!

From the bill in question, Alabama HB 31, and in DIRECT CONTRADICTION to what you claim:

d) Notwithstanding any other provision in this act,
4 in a life-threatening situation where no other health care
5 provider is available or capable of providing or participating
6 in a health care service, a health care provider shall provide
7 and participate in treatment, care, or procedures until an
8 alternate health care provider capable of providing or
9 participating in the emergency treatment, care, or procedures
10 is found or otherwise becomes available."

Section 7. The provisions of this act shall not
9 apply to health care institutions or employers who are
10 licensed by the State of Board of Health as abortion clinics.
11 Further, nothing in this act shall modify, amend, repeal, or
12 supersede any provision of Section 6-5-333 of the Code of
13 Alabama 1975, or any judicial interpretation thereof.

Anonymous

I whole-heartedly agree with anonymous in comment number three. There is a HUGE distinction between voluntarily ending the LIFE of a CHiLD within your womb, and that pregnancy ending on its own. All possible aid ought to be given a woman whose health is in jeopardy from complications in miscarriage. To stand by and do nothing is murder itself in my estimation.

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