Sterilization in order to prevent conception is against the ‘rules’ in the Catholic Church. When the Catholic Bishops objected to the Obama Administration’s move to get contraceptive coverage for all women as a part of their insurance packages they didn’t explain that even tubal ligations or tube tying was also against their rules.
Here is a bit of a story from Philly.com-
“I think the teaching is quite clear, but there was a debate, beginning in the early 1970s, about whether this [surgery] could be considered a therapeutic option,” said John Brehany, executive director of the Catholic Medical Association, based in Bala Cynwyd. “Some people are [still] genuinely confused. They say, ‘Well, this isn’t a lady who wants sterilization because she’s selfish; she’s got a serious health condition’ that would make another pregnancy risky.
“But the teaching says if the direct purpose is to sterilize, that’s not acceptable,” he said.
The latest contraceptive controversy stems from the 2010 health reform law, which requires insurance plans to fully cover preventive health care, including contraception and sterilization, beginning in August.
The rule exempted churches, and was similar to mandates that already exist in 28 states, including New Jersey but not Pennsylvania. Nonetheless, Catholic leaders and many others called it an attack on the constitutionally protected right to religious expression.
The Catholic Church teaches that artificial contraception is immoral because marital sex must be open to the possibility of procreation.
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