A San Francisco Superior Court will hear The American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit against Dignity Health today.
The ACLU’s lawsuit was prompted when the Catholic hospital denied a patient’s request for a tubal ligation. According to The Sacramento Bee, the hospital’s reason for denying Rebeca Chamorro’s request for the procedure was based on the religion’s stance on sterilization.
Elizabeth Gill, a senior ACLU staff attorney, has said that this is an example of denying a woman access to basic health care.
Should this case be considered discriminatory? Or should faith-based hospitals hold the right to deny procedures that are inconsistent with their values?
Bob Destro, Professor of law and founding director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law