- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A lawsuit that blames U.S. Catholic bishops for the care of a pregnant woman whose baby died is being transferred to western Michigan.

Judge Denise Page Hood says Tamesha Means has failed to show that her lawsuit belongs in Detroit federal court. She says likely witnesses who treated her at a Muskegon hospital live on the western side of the state.

The American Civil Liberties Union claims bishops were negligent because their religious directives prevented Means from being told that continuing her pregnancy posed grave risks. She went into early labor and the baby died after a few hours in 2010.

Means was treated at Mercy Health Muskegon, a Catholic hospital, 200 miles northwest of Detroit.

The judge’s opinion was released Wednesday, more than 10 months after she heard arguments.


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