Hospital stops performing abortions for fetal anomalies


CINCINNATI (AP) — The last hospital in the Cincinnati area that allowed doctors to perform abortions after a fetal anomaly diagnosis has stopped allowing that option.

Policies obtained by The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1WNVIrF ) indicate that Christ Hospital in Mount Auburn stopped permitting physicians to perform such abortions about two months ago.

The policy says doctors can terminate pregnancies only when the mother’s life is being threatened. That’s in line with policies at the region’s four other hospital systems.

The newspaper found that Christ Hospital had failed to report its abortions to state officials, as required under state law. The hospital has since told the state it performed 59 abortions in the last five-and-a-half years.

A Christ Hospital spokeswoman wouldn’t discuss the facility’s past practices.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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