Of the topics I have previously discussed, readers seemed most interested in (or shocked/angered by) the issue of hospitals apparently failing to provide women–particularly pregnant women–with adequate care or informed consent, based on the religious affiliation of the hospital. I wrote very briefly wrote about a particular instance of this here, a post in which I wrote a summary of Elizabeth Deutsch‘s excellent law review article Expanding Conscience, Shrinking Care: The Crisis in Access to Reproductive Care and the Affordable Care Act’s Nondiscrimination Mandate. What drew me to her article was that it was one of the few law review articles that I could find which references Tamesha Means’s case against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. I have been following the case, and hoping to write a detailed post (or series of posts) about it for this blog.
Today the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in Tamesha Means’s appeal of the district court’s dismissal of her case. The Sixth Circuit affirmed that dismissal. I wanted to quickly share a link for anyone else who, like me, has been following this case. Here is a link to the PDF of the opinion, posted today by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. I’ll write a full update when I finish reading the Sixth Circuit’s opinion.
For more background on the case, here’s the ACLU’s website for the case, which links to some of the legal documents. You can read the complaint here and the district court’s opinion here. At this time, I haven’t found public links to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ answer or motions or briefs or any other legal documents filed on their behalf. If I find them, I’ll provide them, because I do not want to present only one-sided coverage of any topic.
In the meantime, readers, I would love to hear your thoughts, opinions, and questions!