GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union says a Flint-area Catholic hospital won’t allow a doctor to perform sterilization surgery on a woman who has brain tumors.

The ACLU says Jessica Mann wants a tubal ligation to prevent future pregnancies when she gives birth through cesarean section on Oct. 24. The ACLU says Genesys hospital in Grand Blanc won’t allow it.

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Johnny Smith Jr., a spokesman for the hospital’s parent, Ascension, says he can’t comment on a patient. But he says the company follows the “ethical and religious directives” of the Catholic church.

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Mann’s doctor only has hospital privileges at Genesys. The ACLU says it’s risky for the 33-year-old to be pregnant with tumors.

In a letter last week to Genesys, the ACLU suggests it’s violating state law by blocking appropriate care.

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