Feds: Hospitals that denied emergency abortion broke the law

Mylissa Farmer stands in her home in 2022 Joplin, Mo. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP, File)

FILE - Buildings at the University of Kansas Hospital are seen on March 9, 2020, in Kansas City, Kan. A first-of-its-kind federal investigation has found that two hospitals, Freeman Health System in Joplin, Mo., and University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, put a pregnant woman's life in jeopardy and violated federal law by refusing to provide an emergency abortion when she was experiencing premature labor at 17 weeks. The findings are revealed in documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

WASHINGTON — Two hospitals that refused to provide an emergency abortion to a pregnant woman who was experiencing premature labor put her life in jeopardy and violated federal law, a first-of-its-kind investigation by the federal government has found.