Deadline Detroit | Beaumont-Spectrum, Michigan’s Largest Medical Network, Takes a Restrictive Stance on Abortion
Even though elective abortions remain legal in Michigan, for now, the combined system of Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health is now moving away from the procedure except in the most serious cases.
“The largest health care system in the state will stop performing abortions unless the mother’s life is in imminent danger,” he added. Crain’s company in Detroit reports, citing two Friday memos to his staff.
“With the Supreme Court’s decision, BHSH System’s new policy and practices will follow the guidelines of the 1931 Michigan statute and only permit termination of pregnancy when necessary to preserve the woman’s life. “wrote Tina Freese Decker, chief executive of the 22 hospitals. system that includes the eight Beaumont units in the Detroit metro area.
In [a] second memo, Freese Decker deleted mention of the 1931 abortion ban and said, “Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health have historically performed abortions when the mother’s life was in danger and BHSH System will continue to do it. …
“There is legal ambiguity regarding enforcement due to an active challenge to the injunction, which puts our physicians and clinical teams at risk of criminal liability,” Freese Decker said. “This is not acceptable. We are actively seeking to clarify the law and its application at the state level and in the many counties where we provide care in our state.”
However, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and others have repeatedly said abortion is legal under the injunction. [issued in May by Appeals Court Judge Elizabeth Gleicher]. …
In February, Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health merged with Southfield-based Beaumont Health to form BHSH Health. The health system is not affiliated with any religious organization that would prevent it from offering abortion care, such as Trinity Health or Ascension Michigan, a Catholic organization.
Rep. Andy Levin, Township of D-Bloomfield, criticizes BHSH’s policy in A declaration which says in part:
Kent County politics should not dictate health care to my constituents in Southeast Michigan.
I call on the BHSH system to reverse this policy immediately, to continue to allow their providers to give patients the healthcare they are entitled to under current law, and not to circumvent the courts.