Refusal Provisions

Refusal Provisions | In the News

Many states have or are considering laws that allow health providers to refuse to provide certain medical services that violate their moral or religious beliefs. Although these laws originally focused primarily on abortion and sterilization services, in recent years they have been expanding. States have passed laws to allow pharmacists to refuse to provide emergency contraception to women who need it, and current efforts have focused on allowing medical professionals to deny access to contraception and other medical care with which they disagree. These provisions put women’s health at risk, and are especially dangerous for women in rural areas or small towns where there are few medical providers or pharmacies.

California Medical Association joins ACLU lawsuit against Catholic hospital
The California Medical Association (CMA) on Wednesday filed a motion in state court seeking to join a lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed against Dignity Health for refusing to provide a tubal ligation for a woman following her C-section, Modern Healthcare reports.

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"Judge tells women who fear they could die if they don't get an abortion to go away" (Millhiser, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 4/12); "Utah doctors are baffled on how to perform new fetal anesthesia requirement" (Marty, Care2, 4/12).

Report: Application of Catholic directives put five patients in danger
A Catholic hospital's refusal to administer abortion care endangered the lives of five pregnant women over the course of a 17-month period, according to a report released to The Guardian.

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"The Power of Making Abortion Personal" (Green, The Atlantic, 1/8)

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"The Power of Making Abortion Personal" (Green, The Atlantic, 1/8); "Oregon Kicks 2016 Off by Allowing Over-the-Counter Birth Control" (Patton, Care2, 1/10).

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Refusal Provisions | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health related to Refusal Provisions.

Stormans, Inc. v. Selecky
Federal court challenge to a Washington law that requires all pharmacies to carry and deliver prescription drugs, including emergency contraception.

Morr-Fitz, Inc. v. Quinn
State court challenge to an Illinois law brought in state court by anti-choice pharmacists that requires pharmacists to fill prescriptions for contraception.

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