Last night after President Obama issued the memorandum—READ HERE and PDF —ordering hospitals to grant visitation rights and medical powers of attorney to gay and lesbian couples, AC360's Anderson Cooper interviewed the woman who inspired the action. Janice Langbehn says to this day, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami has refused to apologize for its despicable behavior.
Langbehn says, "They refused to apologize to the kids and I. But the President did which makes up for a lot. And then said that he had directed HHS to this memorandum that he was signing today so that patients could decide who their -- who their family is, who their circle of intimacy was. And I thanked him. Because I believe this will be Lisa's legacy. That she didn't die in vain."
Last week, the hospital changed its visitation rules consistent with the pending new federal regulations.
The hospital's behavior is shameless. Langbehn's experience, suffering discrimination in such a critical time of need, is one that many same sex couples have unfortunately endured. Thankfully fewer same sex couples will be subjected to that abuse.
Watch the clip AFTER THE JUMP ...