Correct decision made in Calif. tubal ligation case
Regarding “California hospital doesn’t have to do tubal ligation, judge rules” (ModernHealthcare.com, Jan. 15), the judge made the correct decision. Liberal organizations and their lawyers have intensified their attacks recently on organizations that practice the beliefs of their founders, and this practice should be strongly resisted. Other than when needing true emergent care, people can go to doctors and hospitals that share their personal beliefs—as this woman could. And the idea that this is sex discrimination is preposterous: Catholic organizations will not normally perform voluntary sterilization procedures on men either. This woman can either deliver elsewhere if she chooses (although inconvenient to her, it should be possible), or deliver at the Catholic facility, then have the sterilization elsewhere.
The “medical treatment” argument is faulty. Fertility is the natural state; thus, how can sterilization (suppressing permanently the natural state) truly be considered medical treatment, unless another pregnancy would clearly endanger the woman’s life?
And the “government money” argument is also faulty: Hospitals are not being paid flat amounts by the government to perform all “medical services”; they are being paid, by one method or another, to perform specific, individual services, or bundles of services, on government-covered patients. They normally have no obligation to perform specific non-emergent, non-active-labor services.
Ross Case Edwardsville, Ill.