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 article is very manipulative. This link is a good explanation for why. It also cutes the real law.
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

The facts in this article are false. Please read at this link for proper information on the bill. http://legiscan.com/AL/text/HB57/id/705162/Alabama-2013-HB57-Introduced.pdf

Please stop promoting abortion as women right to health.

Anonymous

Try reading the BILL before you start fear-mongering!!! You are supposedly a lawyer and yet you have NO idea what the bill says and all you do is just lie, lie, lie and try to intimidate women! WHO is at "War with Women"???? YOU ARE!!! And, yes, I AM a woman, AND I'm intelligent enough to READ THE BILL.

Anonymous

Are you serious?? How can you blatantly lie to the people?
The bill clearly states that :

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 there

How dare you use the scare tactic of a MISCARRIAGE to further your ridiculous agenda. If you are going to fight for something at least fight for it honestly. maybe you will get a group of brainwashed zombies to believe this bull but there are still many THINKING individuals left that we will stand up against the corruption and call you out on your crap.

Anonymous

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

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

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."

Anonymous

As usual fear mongering by ACLU who treat women like they're stupid and can't research this for themselves and find the TRUTH!

(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

Here's a link to the bill. http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/searchableinstruments/2014RS/Printfiles//HB31-eng.pdf

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

This whole article is just a scare tactic.

Anonymous

As usual lies and fear mongering by the ACLU which seems to think women are too stupid to do research and find the TRUTH!

(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

This is an absolute lie. There is no truth to it whatsoever. Despicable.

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."

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