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Two Hospitals in Abortion-Hostile States Are Being Investigated for Risking a Pregnant Woman’s Life by Refusing Emergency Care

The federal government has launched an investigation after two hospitals in abortion-hostile states “did not offer necessary stabilizing care to an individual experiencing an emergency medical condition, in violation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA),” per the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

As CNN reported, EMTALA requires providers nationwide to offer treatment — including abortions — if they determine it is “necessary to stabilize the patient’s emergency medical condition.” But officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) believe two hospitals in Missouri and Kansas failed to do this for Mylissa Farmer, a pregnant woman who had a life-threatening emergency complication.

At 18 weeks of pregnancy, Farmer experienced a preterm rupture of membranes and was told her pregnancy wasn’t viable.

“Although her doctors advised her that her condition could rapidly deteriorate, they also advised that they could not provide her with the care that would prevent infection, hemorrhage, and potentially death because, they said, the hospital policies prohibited treatment that could be considered an abortion,” wrote HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.

Fortunately, Farmer survived — but she never should have experienced this “terrifying ordeal” in the first place, Becerra said.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to patient safety and protecting people’s access to the health care they need,” Becerra added. “Today, we send a reminder to hospitals participating in Medicare: You are obligated under EMTALA to offer stabilizing care to patients who need emergency care, and we will not hesitate to enforce your obligations under the law.”

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