Woman claims Chicago hospital would not remove IUD for religious reasons

A 28-year-old woman filed a claim against Chicago-based Mercy Hospital & Medical Center that alleges a Mercy physician refused to remove an intrauterine device due to the hospital's religious affiliation, according to a report from ABC News.

The patient, Melanie Jones, shared part of her medical record with ABC that said the physician recommended Ms. Jones replace her IUD, and "discussed limitations of practice according to Catholic Initiatives." Ms. Jones turned to the American Civil Liberties union to file the discrimination claim and ultimately was able to have her IUD removed from a non-religiously affiliated hospital, according to the report.

Mercy Hospital said the physician did not consult the ethics committee in regards to Ms. Jones' case and that removing the IUD would not have violated its Catholic directives, according to the report.

Read the full report here.


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