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Bogot�, Colombia, Oct 27, 2010 / 06:09 pm (CNA).- The Secretary General of the Bishops� Conference of Colombia reminded Catholics this week that sterilization procedures are mutilations of the body. He added that the Catholic Church opposes this anti-life practice.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba of the bishops' conference rejected a new law that allows Colombians to undergo vasectomies and tubal ligations free of charge in public and private hospitals.
The bishop explained that such practices constitute �mutilations of the body, and the body must be respected.� He said that undergoing the procedures to avoid pregnancy or to have a more �uninhibited and guilt-free sex life� is immoral.
Colombians, he concluded, need to have a greater understanding of the importance of responsible parenthood.
This important Church teaching should be proclaimed everywhere, not only in Columbia. God's blessings on this brave bishop for doing so! I always have a heavy heart when I am told by someone that they had their "tubes tied!" If they knew the Church teaching on this mutilation, maybe they would not have done it in the first place!