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Sat Jan 2, 2016, 04:59 PM

23. It was 1957. Our family GP was also Mom's OB/GYN. And Catholic.

She had an obstetrical history that made the good doctor encourage her to quit after the current pregnancy, and since he was concerned she might have to have a C-section (my brother was sideways), he suggested tubal ligation.

But he was Catholic. His solution to the strictures of his religion was this: he would deliver the baby, then turn his back while a colleague performed the tubal ligation.

Fortunately my brother turned head down at the last minute and was able to be delivered vaginally. My Dad had a vasectomy. The hospital was a non-religious institution.

This is part of the family lore I was raised with, and I took several lessons from it. The first and foremost was that doctors don't have to be stupid and they know more about medicine than priests.

I have nothing against Catholic hospitals per se, but the older I get the more I see the truth of what was written down in novels well over a century ago: Don't send your pregnant wife or daughter to a Catholic hospital, because in case of complications, they will sacrifice the mother to save the child. Add to that: Nor will they help you with contraception even in case of rape.

As far as I am concerned, THE biggest problem with hospital closures and consolidations is how it leaves women with no options other than traveling an hour or more to find a non-religious hospital. I give the Catholics props for keeping hospitals open at all, but we sure need more options available.

Oh, and any entity that accepts federal and state money needs to abide by state and federal regulations. "Conscience clauses," my rosy Irish ass.

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