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What you can expect if you give birth in a catholic hospital

A pregnant woman holds her stomach June 7, 2006.
A pregnant woman holds her stomach June 7, 2006.
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A woman in Northern California wants to get her tubes tied after she gives birth by C-section later this month, but her hospital is refusing her doctor's request to perform the procedure. The reason? The hospital is Catholic and follows the church's rules prohibiting sterilization.

Southern California Public Radio's health reporter Rebecca Plevin has been looking into this issue, and what it means for other types of reproductive health care at some Catholic hospitals. She joins A Martinez for our weekly consumer health segment, Impatient.

If you'd like to hear the entire segment click on the audio embedded at the top of this post, or check out Rebecca's blog over here.