It is one thing to not provide birth control or elective sterilization under the Catholic rules ( with which I disagree...since so many of the people who work for St Jo or have insurance through St Jo do not subscribe to Catholic dogma but life circumstances make them dependent on this institution for their livelihood)...But, it is another thing to blow off expert advice when a doctor deems another pregnancy dangerous to a woman's body, threatening her and perhaps the baby's well-being...and the St Jo insurance won't cover birth control and won't allow sterilizations. What options does a woman have? Natural Family Planning is not the answer if there are irregular cycles. If we have to accept the existence of Catholic institutions in our community with all the good they may provide, at the very least, a doctor should be able to provide a tubal ligation when it is necessary....and midwives and OB/GYN doctors should be able to use birth control to regulate the menses, treat ovarian cysts and peri menopausal bleeding.....and any other use of birth control to treat disorders and prevent a deleterious pregnancy.
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In Print This Week:
Feb 16, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 7
Under the Color of Authority
The North Coast Journal
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