The Department of Health and Human Services has dropped its accreditation ultimatum to a Catholic hospital after the medical center threatened legal action.
HHS was considering denying Oklahoma’s St. Francis Health System accreditation for keeping a candle lit in hospital sanctuaries after an accreditation review determined it was a fire risk.
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In response, the health system partnered with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty to threaten a lawsuit on First Amendment religious liberty grounds.
“The game was simply not worth the candle for HHS,” Lori Windham, Becket Fund vice president and senior counsel, said Friday. “It realized it would be playing with fire in court if it stood by its absurd demand, so it chose wisely. We are glad Saint Francis can continue