The Latest: Judge says hospital doesn't have to do procedure

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Posted: Jan 14, 2016 3:32 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest from a lawsuit seeking to require a California Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation to prevent pregnancy (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

A San Francisco judge has denied a woman's request that he require a Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation to prevent pregnancy.

Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith on Thursday upheld his previous tentative ruling that Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California, was not engaging in sex discrimination by denying Rebecca Chamorro the procedure.

The judge said the hospital's policy against sterilization also applies to men and that Chamorro could get the procedure at another hospital.

Mercy Medical Center said the procedure conflicts with the hospital's religious beliefs against sterilization.

Attorneys for Chamorro appeared before Goldsmith on Thursday seeking a preliminary injunction.

Health care provider Dignity Health, which operates Mercy Medical, also says the tubal ligation Chamorro seeks is not medically necessary.

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10:30 a.m.

A San Francisco judge has issued a tentative ruling denying a woman's request that he require a Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation.

Judge Ernest Goldsmith said Wednesday that Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California, was not engaging in sex discrimination by denying Rebecca Chamorro the procedure because the hospital's policy against sterilization also applies to men.

He also said Chamorro could get the procedure that prevents pregnancy at another hospital.

Attorneys for Chamorro are set to appear before Goldsmith on Thursday to try to change his mind and grant them a preliminary injunction. Mercy Medical Center denied Chamorro the procedure because it conflicts with the hospital's religious beliefs against sterilization.

Health care provider Dignity Health, which operates Mercy Medical, says the tubal ligation Chamorro seeks is not medically necessary and would violate the hospital's right to freedom of religion.