Birth Control Surgery Causing Controversy
POSTED: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 7:43pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 1:48am
TYLER—The Catholic Bishop in Tyler is asking Mother Frances Hospital to stop performing a procedure that permanently sterilizes women.
It's called tubal ligation, and the Bishop says it's against Catholic beliefs.
Bishop Alvaro Corrada says Church records show Mother Frances performed about 1,600 tubal ligations, a permanent female sterilization process, between 2000 and 2003.
According to a statement by Bishop Corrada, after further investigation, it was discovered the hospital was not following Catholic guidelines which prohibit birth control and "medically unnecessary" operations.
Marty Jackson says, until the operations end, she won't go to Mother Frances.
"If they're going to do things like that, then I think all Catholics should just stop going to their facility," Jackson explains.
But according to a statement from Mother Frances, they're following Catholic teaching because they're only performing tubal ligations when they are medically necessary.
Some people in Tyler believe the operation should be available anytime at any hospital.
"We think of it more as a health-care," Marianne Pierson says.
Bishop Corrada says he will monitor Catholic hospitals even more closely to make sure misunderstandings like these won't happen anymore.