Authority adopts proposal to make abortion ‘institutionally prohibited’
The Elbert Memorial Hospital Authority Board voted unanimously to adopt a proposal forwarded to them from the ethics committee of the hospital medical staff to “institutionally” prohibit elective terminations of pregnancy (abortions) at the hospital.
According to Elbert Memorial Hospital CEO Brandon Clary, the policy was submitted by the medical staff ethics committee and in turn was forwarded from the medical staff to the hospital authority.
The policy adopted does state that in situations where the lives of the mother are at stake or there are other medical emergencies the medical staff may terminate a pregnancy.
“Our policy was somewhat silent on this,” Clary told the hospital authority in its monthly meeting last week. “With a new doctor coming on (Dr. Louis Fernandez), the committee felt that there needed to be a policy.”
“There is nothing that can compel a doctor to do an elective termination of a pregnancy if the doctor doesn’t want to,” said Hospital Authority Chairman Daniel Graves.