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ACLU sues California health care system over tubal ligation


The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a California health care system on behalf of Physicians for Reproductive Health and a pregnant woman denied a tubal ligation because of the hospital's religious principles.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the lawsuit was filed against Dignity Health on Tuesday. The hospital system owns Mercy Medical Center in Redding, where 33-year-old Rebecca Chamorro was denied the sterilization procedure in January.

She is one of three Redding women who contacted the ACLU about tubal ligation requests being refused at the hospital.

San Francisco-based Dignity Health officials declined to discuss the lawsuit. In a statement, they said they do not generally provide sterilization services at their Catholic facilities.

Dignity Health owns 32 hospitals in the state. More than half are affiliated with the Catholic Church.