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Catholic hospital denies woman's claim she was refused service because of IUD

September 09, 2016

A Catholic hospital in Chicago has rejected a public complaint by a woman who said that she was denied service because she was using an intrauterine device (IUD).

Melanie Jones filed a formal complaint against Mercy Hospital, saying that doctors there refused to remove her IUD after she slipped and fell, dislocating the device. She said that doctors explained that they could not be involved in the use of contraceptives.

A spokesman for Mercy Hospital says that the complaint "has no merit." In fact, the hospital's representative explained, doctors were fully prepared to remove the IUD-- an operation which was medically necessary, and would have eliminated the patient's problem. The hospital's ban on contraception only would apply to the insertion of an IUD.


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