LEGAL JIHAD: Muslim woman sues NJ hospital for not catering to her religious demands

Rona Mohammedi went to Somerset Medical Center the night of Feb. 11 with severe chest pains. After hearing she would need an electrocardiogram, she demanded a female to conduct the test.

How long until they start demanding that only a Muslim woman conduct the test? It’s coming, folks.

A Muslim, Mohammedi wears traditional garb, including the hijab, or head scarf. The Basking Ridge woman believes it is her religious duty to maintain modesty before strange men, and an EKG calls for wires to be applied to the chest, shoulders and wrists. (It is not OUR religious duty to help you subject your self to oppressive men)

“According to the patients’ bill of rights that exist in New Jersey, hospitals are required to make reasonable accommodations for patients for various reasons,” he said. “Patients should not be denied service or discriminated against based on religion.” (She was not denied service based on her religion, just her Islamomania.)

Instead of heeding her request, officials let her languish in the emergency room for five hours until 3:10 a.m., when her husband sought a transfer. She is suing the hospital for discrimination and violating the Patient Bill of Rights.

The complaint filed May 14 in Superior Court in Somerville raises the question of how far hospitals must go for religious accommodations. The rights listed in state statutes say patients can expect treatment without discrimination, and respectful care consistent with sound medical practices.

Mohammedi’s lawyer, Tariq Hussain, said the hospital failed those basic tenets. (Sorry, buddy, the basic tenets of Islam do not apply)

Lawyers for the hospital deny Mohammedi’s claims and say she was appropriately informed of her options and left the facility against medical advice.

The Patient Bill of Rights doesn’t mention lawsuits, said Michael F. Schaff, chair of the health care department at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer and a board member for the American Health Lawyers Association.

Generally, in New Jersey courts, that means you can sue “but it’s got to be a breach of a standard of care owed by the hospital,” he said. “There is no obligation to require hospitals to have a physician on staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week based on their sex, religion or nationality.NJ.com

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