Doctors settle with hospital over abortion concern

DALLAS (AP) — Two doctors whose clinics perform abortions have had their admitting privileges at a Dallas hospital reinstated as part of a settlement in their lawsuit.

Dr. Lamar Robinson and Dr. Jasbir Ahluwalia argued in their suit that University General Hospital revoked their privileges because they perform abortions. They said University General violated a state law that forbids hospitals from penalizing doctors for either performing abortions or declining the procedure.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/SvoBN8 ) University General revoked the doctors' privileges because it didn't provide the service and considered the procedure "disruptive" to its business and reputation.

Terms of the settlement, reached Monday, were not disclosed but the hospital says the doctors received no money.

A controversial law adopted last year requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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