The Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph has a story about Bishop Alvaro Corrada's correction of Trinity Mother Frances hospital in Texarkana for performing sterilizations.
Hospital spokesman John Moore tells the paper that the Catholic facility had been "abiding by a good faith interpretation" of the U.S. bishops' Ethical and Religious Directives for Health Care.
A diocesan official, Father Gavin Vavarek, tells the paper the hospitals received "bad advice."
"Catholic hospitals were told under certain conditions they could do tubal ligations," he told the paper. "The spurious argument was that if a future pregnancy was even a possible risk to a mother, then the tubal ligation could be done. That a pregnancy might be a problem in the future is not an existing problem. Tying healthy fallopian tubes is direct sterilization and a far cry from being anything else."