CEO of merged Beaumont-Spectrum system addresses abortion access

BHSH Health, which operates in the Detroit metro area and western Michigan, appeared to back down on Friday night by saying it would end abortions immediately after the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark ruling Roe v. Wade.

“Previously, BHSH System policies and practices generally permitted termination of pregnancy for medical indications, such as when necessary to prevent serious health risks to the woman or in situations where the fetus was unlikely to survive. “wrote BHSH President and CEO Tina Freese Decker. a memo to staffers on Friday obtained by The Detroit News.

“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. .”

The High Court’s decision, she said, meant that Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban “is now in effect.”

When The Detroit News asked the hospital system for comment on Friday evening, Mark Geary, a spokesperson for Beaumont, referred The News to a separate memo that Decker later published. It didn’t say on Friday whether most abortions in the system would end, but said she “wanted to provide additional clarification on our post earlier today” after the ruling.

“First, I want to reiterate that we will continue to provide high quality reproductive care to all women in Michigan,” Decker said in the later memo. “Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health have always performed abortions when the mother’s life was in danger and BHSH System will continue to do so.”

Decker said a multidisciplinary committee had been created “to provide guidance to our physicians and clinical teams.”

“This committee includes the patient’s physician, women’s health physicians, medical ethicists, and legal experts with subgroups across the state. As has been our practice at both Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health and will continue to be our practice, all non-emergency circumstances where an abortion is considered medically necessary will be proactively reviewed.

Decker said the “legal ambiguity” regarding enforcement with a challenge to the injunction puts “physicians and clinical teams at risk of criminal liability.”

“It’s not acceptable,” Decker said. “We are actively seeking to clarify the law and its application at the state level and in the many counties where we provide care…”

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