“A young woman in labor was sent to Parkland from … a religiously affiliated hospital. When she told them that she was so glad that they would still see her even though her husband had lost his job, they pushed her legs together, started an IV, and sent her to Parkland. She was crowning—the baby was coming any minute. She delivered in the hallway at Parkland.
“I went over to that hospital and I saw the people there. I think I challenged the doctor to go outside. I was pretty hot-headed about it. It was ridiculous, putting her and the baby at risk like that.”
In 1985, partly as a result of his efforts, Texas enacted the first state law requiring hospitals with emergency rooms to provide emergency care, regardless of a patient's insurance status or income.