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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...and I'd hate to see what's going to happen to their JOB security if the person dies or gets worse as a direct result of their refusal to help. Besides, isn't that against the Emergency Care Act that was signed into law by a REPUBLICAN president in 2006? If they're in a Trauma 1 (a condition that requires immediate medical intervention or the person will die within a half hour without it), then they're going to look totally STUPID if they don't help.
Even if they're in a Trauma 2 (less serious than T-1 but still demands attention) they'll look pretty damn stupid if they do nothing.

I hope they all get sued right out of their jobs and can never work in healthcare again. I work in health care, Emergency Medicine, and I don't even WANT people like that being associated with the job I do much less actually working in the Emergency Department.
It's repulsive to even THINK about it.

I'm totally disgusted to hear of it. But I've always been odd about the way I view my work. I'd help someone for free if I had to. I don't believe you can really be an EMT or Paramedic without being willing to help for free. When you're off-duty and someone gets hurt, you don't think of making them pay you to help them.

RN in NY

This is terrifying. Haven't they heard of Savita Halappanavar? Why should a woman die because she is pregnant? Don't these pro-lifers care about the future children these women could have, or the current children they have to raise, or (gasp!) the fact that a woman has a right to her own life? I am so sickened by these assaults on a woman's right to LIVE.

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: for men only?


Is this for real???? I belong to the secular pro life movement, am avidly pro life in fact, but this is the most ridiculous thing I have heard! If this article is true, then it does nothing but murder women! I have had 5 miscarriages, 1 ectopic pregnancy, and 2 live births. The miscarriages I suffered didn't require medical intervention, even though one took 4 weeks to occur. But not every women is that lucky, and infection(deadly) can set in or hemorrhaging (deadly). The ectopic pregnancy I suffered required emergency surgery as it was rupturing and had internal bleeding. I was dying, in fact. Helping a woman who is already suffering the loss of a child and suffering physically from complications that are the result of that is NOT the same thing as an abortion and Alabama had better stop being unutterably stupid and discard that law! I wholeheartedly support the pro life movement but I would never support such a law.

sign for or ag...

no u r asking these people to say they r for abortion , the Christian people will stand against aboartion get over the bull and put a law in effect that says help who ever comes in that needs help if they don't have ins or money deal with that after saving the life of the child and woman , dr take a big chance but they r some left that's human met afew that act like sunday morning Christians , but let god deal there the rest do your job 20 min a thousand bucks yup check your time in that room against the bill urecive don't sign for abortaion its murder I am ashamed of this bill


I was wanting to look up this bill and read it for myself but I couldn't find a cite. When I clicked the hyperlink "by signing our pledge," I was taken to a page titled 'Fight Back Against the Attacks on Women's Health' and it mentions H.R. 7 which supposedly passed today. The update on the page was vague so I decided to check out the Alabama House website. Turns out that the House didn't convene today because of inclement weather. Going back I did notice that the original post specifically mentioned that the Senate was going to hear the bill this week. Regardless, it seems that this post was more about "shocking the conscience" and establishing a mailing list than providing facts about the bill.


What a very misleading article. I can not imagine any hospital turning down a medical help to someone experiencing a miscarriage or "spontaneous abortion" (the medical term for miscarriage). This bill is designed to protect nurses, like myself, who don't want to assist a woman in killing her living, viable fetus (baby). It is not designed to keep any medical professional from giving women proper care during a "miscarriage" where the fetus is already dead. Very poorly written article. I hope people don't buy into this nonsense.


a blatant lie from the ACLU. Wow, what a shocker! Folks, go read the bill for yourselves. Alabama HB57...


alabama sucks


Errr.. cite to the bill? that would be great, thanks.


Trying to find out what bill this is specifically. Can you provide?


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