National surveys show that 52 percent of OB/GYNs working in Catholic hospitals have reported conflicts with their hospital policies on reproductive care. Debra Stulberg, MD, assistant professor of family medicine at UChicago, and colleague Lori Freedman from the University of California San Francisco, just published a new blog post about their research on OB/GYNs who work in Catholic hospitals and their experience with tubal ligation, or “getting your tubes tied” as a permanent means of birth control for women.
While many other issues came up in their interviews with providers, Stulberg and Freedman write that concerns over tubal ligation came up so often that they decided to dedicate a separate paper to it:
Nearly half of American women rely on sterilization to end their childbearing. Sure, we have more reversible tools women can use such as IUDs, implants, and other forms of contraception (which are also prohibited in Catholic hospitals), but the uptake is slow and access is spotty. To date, about 1 in 10 childbirths end with an in-hospital sterilization which is, if you are already in the hospitals and having surgery, an extremely simple, safe, and effective procedure. There is really no excuse for requiring a woman to go through the risks of surgery twice, when only once is necessary.
The post is published on the blog for UCSF’s Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) program, which is a research group and think tank that conducts social science research on complex and controversial issues related to reproduction.