I find it outrageous that Ascension All Saints Hospital will refuse to perform tubal ligations as of July. It is especially outrageous considering that 98 percent of sexually-active Roman Catholic women use some form of artificial birth control. This information comes from a study by the Guttmacher Institute and was verified by Politifact.

At this time in the history of the world, limiting family size is an important responsibility. Every child grows up to become a consumer of goods and services that use our natural resources. The most important action we can take to save the planet is to limit family size.

I'm glad that Catholic women and couples are using good judgement when they choose to use artificial birth control methods. I encourage Ascension to continue performing vasectomies, but at the same time, I find this decision discriminatory toward women and hypocritical of the church's position on birth control. What of the women whose lives may be severely endangered if they become pregnant again? As we all know, men do not have to face this question for themselves.

Shirley A. Reynolds

Mount Pleasant

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