Two doctors have resigned from a Saskatchewan Catholic hospital because Catholic bishops have forebidden the hospital to perform tubal ligations for contraceptive purposes.  The point is not whether the bishops have the right to do this.  They do.  The point is that this is a publicly funded hospital.  Should taxpayers have to support a moral position with which they do not necessarily agree?



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    Barbara Says:

    One would have to decide whether losing the other services which this hospital provides is worth the change in funding. Is this the only hospital where one could obtain a tubal ligation?
    Certainly doctors have a right to follow their conscience and assume the consequences.

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    Barbara, your question about whether this is the only hospital in the area that provided tubal ligations is a good one and I am not sure of the answer. I believe, however, this is in a rural area of Saskatchewan and probably is the only hospital that provides such a service.

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    Barbara Says:

    In some places, I seem to recall, Catholic hospitals closed their obstetrics/gynaecology wards to retain their outside funding.
    Decisions of conscience — either those of the hospital administration or those of the departing doctors are seldom easy.

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    SUZANNE Says:

    Does the Catholic body that runs this hospital have the right to do what they want?

    You have to consider the fact that a tubal ligation is not a procedure that heals the body, but one that disables a body part.

    Is a doctor obliged to disable a person?

    I don’t think so. If it were a procedure that actually fixed something that wasn’t working, there might be more of a case. But this is a case of mutilating a body, and people aren’t entitled to have their body parts disabled.

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