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04.17.14 - (PRESS RELEASE) Two Texas physicians filed a lawsuit today against University General Hospital Dallas (UGHD) after their admitting privileges were arbitrarily and unexpectedly revoked—privileges they were forced to obtain due to HB2, the sweeping unconstitutional Texas state law currently being challenged by the Center for Reproductive Rights and other advocates on behalf of women’s health care providers in the state.
Both physicians—who are also part of the first legal challenge to HB2—were initially granted privileges at UGHD in late 2013 and early 2014 and have since been safely and legally providing abortion services at clinics within 30 miles of the hospital. A few weeks ago, both physicians received an identical letter revoking their privileges.
The letter asserts that performing abortion services constitutes “disruptive behavior,” even though the physicians provide abortion care at facilities separate and unrelated to the hospital and have never even had to admit a patient to UGHD. The letter also states that providing privileges to physicians who provide abortion services “damages UGHD’s reputation within the community.” The physicians are suing under a Texas state law that prevents hospitals from discriminating against physicians because they provide abortion care and which allows for reinstatement of privileges that are wrongfully revoked.
Said Nancy Northup, president and CEO with the Center for Reproductive Rights:
“This case shows that Texas has put the constitutional rights of its women in the hands of biased hospital administrators. As a consequence, the list of high-quality abortion providers forced to turn away patients continues to grow, while reproductive health care options for Texas women continue to shrink.
“It is the woman—not a hospital mired in political biases or politicians who presume to know better—who should decide the best reproductive health care choice for herself and her family."
The two physicians are represented by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is currently involved in two separate challenges to HB2: