Hospital in Nevada refused the admission of a pregnant lesbian patient having complications related to her pregnancy saying to the couple, engaged in a domestic partnership, that they had to have a medical power of attorney for one partner to make decisions in the event of a crisis to be allowed. They lost their baby.
Admissions' staff of the hospital of Spring Valley in Las Vegas thus indicated the policy of the hospital for gay and lesbian couples: come with a medical power of attorney.
However, in Nevada, domestic partnerships give the same rights that married couples:
"Domestic partners have the same rights, protections and benefits, and are subject to the same responsibilities, obligations and duties under law, whether derived from statutes, administrative regulations, court rules, government policies, common law or any other provisions or sources of law, as are granted to and imposed upon spouses."
In addition to this, we know that since April 2010, hospitals have to respect the Hospital Visitation Law: hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments have to grant all patients the right to designate people who can visit and respect patients' choices about who may make critical health-care decisions for them.
It is vile! This hospital deserves to go to law for discrimination and professional misconduct. Unfortunately, Brittney Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli decided to not filed a lawsuit. We can easily understand this. I mean, they just lost their baby.
Remember, if you need to be hospitalized, start by checking if the hospital receives Medicare and Medicaid payments and then, follow this guide: Protecting Your Visitation & Decision-Making Rights.