Rural health crisis: ERs turn away women in labor
Despite federal law that requires every emergency room in the U.S. to treat women in labor, some women are still turned away at rural facilities or treated at hospitals that lack an obstetrics specialist. Federal investigation records show that least 20 rural hospitals were in violation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act over the last five years, according to an article from ProPublica and the Louisville Courier-Journal. Some of these facilities also refuse to help women in labor transfer to a different location for treatment.
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