US woman sent home twice from hospital during miscarriage sues US bishops
CHICAGO (AFP) - A woman twice sent home from a Catholic hospital during a painful miscarriage has sued the church's hierarchy for imposing standards of care which bar termination of any pregnancy, her lawyers said on Monday.
The lawsuit argues that those rules - based on the belief that abortion is murder - stopped her doctors from providing medically appropriate care: terminating the failed pregnancy before it threatened the mother's health.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops - which authored the ethical and religious directives and is the party being sued - declined to comment on the case.
Ms Tamesha Means was just 18 weeks pregnant when her water broke in December 2010. She rushed to the only hospital in her rural Michigan county - Mercy Health Partners.