DENVER (AP) — The Colorado health department says it will not pursue a complaint against Mercy Regional Medical Center for admonishing a doctor who recommended a patient consider an abortion.
The American Civil Liberties Union asked for an investigation last November after hospital officials admonished Dr. Michael Demos, a cardiologist, after his conversation with a patient about abortion in 2012.
Mercy is a Catholic Health Initiatives hospital, and it takes direction from church teachings against abortion. The ACLU complained that Mercy officials violated state laws that allow doctors to exercise their professional judgment.
According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/lz8sjnn ), Demos says doctors should be allowed to practice medicine without worrying about religious beliefs.
Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com