The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint against a Flint-area Catholic hospital with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights.
The complaint says Ascension Health and its subsidiary, Genesys Health System, would not allow doctors to perform a medically necessary tubal ligation on a pregnant woman with a brain tumor.
According to the complaint, Jessica Mann was a Genesys patient for 16 years and had given birth to her first two children at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, south of Flint. When she was pregnant with her third child, she planned to deliver again at Genesys. Because a pre-existing brain tumor could be life-threatening during pregnancy and childbirth, her doctors recommended she undergo a tubal ligation at the time of her scheduled cesarean delivery.