ACLU files complaint after Catholic hospital denies sterilization for woman who has brain tumors

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GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a formal complaint against a Flint-area Catholic hospital that won’t allow a doctor to perform sterilization surgery on a woman who has brain tumors.

The Detroit News and The Flint Journal report Wednesday that the complaint was made to Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs office.

It says Genesys hospital in Grand Blanc won’t allow Jessica Mann’s doctor to give her a tubal ligation when she gives birth through a scheduled Oct. 24 cesarean section.

The 33-year-old Mann wants to prevent future pregnancies due to health risks.

A spokesman for Genesys’ parent company, Ascension Health, told The Associated Press last month that the company follows the “ethical and religious directives” of the Catholic church. The AP was awaiting comment Wednesday from Ascension Health.

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