EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A physician who says her hospital forbade her from speaking publicly about abortion has filed a civil rights complaint. The case raises questions about how much a healthcare provider can restrict an employee’s public behavior.

  • The hospital provides abortion, but administrators did not want to publicize that fact.
  • The hospital cited security concerns as the reason for restricting her speech.
  • No complaints were made until the doctor published an op-ed in The Washington Post.