No more tubal ligations at this Catholic hospital

The following are excerpts from a March 11 story in the Napa Valley Register. A link to the full story is provided below.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is tightening its rules regarding tubal ligations — a permanent form of birth control in which a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked, tied or cut.

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.

But such circumstances are now considered a form of direct sterilization and against the moral teachings of the Catholic Church, Schubert said.

As a Catholic hospital, Queen of the Valley must follow the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Schubert said. According to those directives, direct sterilization is considered immoral, and such procedures are not permitted for either men or women. 

Queen spokeswoman Vanessa deGier declined to say how many tubal ligations the hospital has performed, saying it was “not relevant to the fact that we have clarified our policy regarding sterilization.”

…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.

The decision to review and revise the policy was made internally, within the St. Joseph Health System, to which Queen of the Valley belongs, deGier said…

Hospitals in the St. Joseph Health System serve under different bishops in California. Queen of the Valley serves under the Diocese of Santa Rosa led by Bishop Robert Vasa. Vasa said he was not aware that Queen of the Valley was revising its policy, but commended the hospital for doing so and for being more consistent with Catholic moral teachings.

Vasa previously served as bishop of the Diocese of Baker in Oregon, where he revoked the Catholic status of a hospital in Bend after determining the hospital was providing direct sterilizations…

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Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:54 AM By Kenneth M. Fisher
Praise God, His Mother, His Excellency Bishop Robert Vasa, and Sister Marian Schubert. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 6:28 AM By JMJ
Everybody should read the comments in the Napa Valley Reg., very disturbing as so many people have one foot in hell already. It is nice to see that the ‘sister’ will stop this horrible practice; but, I am curious, what else do they do that is against the teachings of Jesus that they are not telling us about? +JMJ+

Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 6:45 AM By Sandra
AB Vasa, courageous leader of the Truth. May God keep him safe and bless His efforts abundantly.

Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:35 AM By perrywRinkle
“Just look at my mouth and leave my hands alone.” Certainly do not look for my hands in your pocket!!”

Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:42 AM By MAC
Pray for all the good Staff at this hospital.

Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:46 AM By Denise Riggio
Such “circumstances” were always considered against the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. Bravo Queen of the Valley! better late than never, and of course it helps the hospital to do the right thing knowing that in his previous diocese of Baker in Oregon, Bishop Vasa revoked the Catholic status of the hospital in Bend for performing sterilizations.

Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:56 AM By Alice
Wow Sister had an epiphany! And not long after Bishop Vasa took over! Imagine that! God Bless Bishop Vasa.

Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 6:18 PM By Catherine
May God continue to bless Bishop Vasa!

Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:24 PM By Tracy
Alice, it doesn’t look as if Sister Marian had an epiphany, rather, she apparently chose to follow church teaching once Bishop Vasa arrived and made it clear that if she wanted “Queens” to continue identifying itself as a Catholic hospital, then it must abide by church teaching.

Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:30 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
Sandra, Keep praying and Bishop Vasa may soon be Archbishop Vasa. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2012 8:54 AM By OneoftheSheep
Mary, queen of our hearts, let your love permeate every sinew of our bodies, minds, hearts that we may readily participate in the Body of Christ.

Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2012 5:18 PM By SoCal
God bless Sr. October Baby in Alabama and thank you for your faithfullness to His Ch