Following Catholic doctrine against birth control, the hospital has never performed tubal ligation simply upon request, but allowed the surgery if a woman’s physician gave a medical reason, such as asserting that a pregnancy would be a danger to her health, said Sister Marian Schubert, vice president of Mission Integration.
Queen of the Valley will continue to be allowed to perform surgeries that result in indirect sterilization, such as removing cancerous ovaries or fallopian tubes, Schubert said. Another example of indirect sterilization is if a woman is hemorrhaging and the uterus must be removed to stop the bleeding — the hospital would perform that surgery to save her life, Schubert said.
Sister Schubert said that the policy revision is “not out of concern over the hospital losing its Catholic status”. Well, that’s good, if the motive is simply to be true to Catholic Church teaching on the sterilization issue. But there’s a bit of a warning sign here, I think:
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