It is interesting that on the day before President Obama announced a policy to ban Medicare payments to hospitals that refuse access to hospitalized same-sex partners, that Jackson Memorial Hospital attempted to hide their own history from Wikipedia and the public.For some time, the Wikipedia page on Jackson Memorial Hospital has included a brief mention of the incident:

Early in 2009 Jackson denied a lesbian woman, Janice Langbehn, access to her partner of 17 years as she was dying. The hosptial stated that, “it has no obligation to allow their patients’ visitors nor any obligation whatsoever to their patients’ families, healthcare surrogates, and visitors.” The court dismissed the case.

Yesterday, a Wikipedia user calling themselves “Jhsmiami” made several changes to Jackson’s Wikipedia page in what appears to be an attempt to make the page more positive and promotional, last but not least attempting to hide this heartbreaking example of human unkindness.

Joe Decker

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