Judge: California hospital doesn't have to do tubal ligation

Jan 14, 2016 3:10 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco judge has issued a tentative ruling denying a woman's request that he require a Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation.

Judge Ernest Goldsmith said Wednesday that Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California, was not engaging in sex discrimination by denying Rebecca Chamorro the procedure because the hospital's policy against sterilization also applies to men.

He also said Chamorro could get the procedure that prevents pregnancy at another hospital.

Attorneys for Chamorro are set to appear before Goldsmith on Thursday to try to change his mind and grant them a preliminary injunction. Mercy Medical Center denied Chamorro the procedure because it conflicts with the hospital's religious beliefs against sterilization.

Health care provider Dignity Health, which operates Mercy Medical, says the tubal ligation Chamorro seeks is not medically necessary and would violate the hospital's right to freedom of religion.

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