The Roman Congregation of the Congregation has classified removal of the uterus to prevent pregnancy under certain conditions as morally permissible.
If the uterus is irreversibly in a state in which reproduction is no longer possible, and if there is one pregnancy, from a medical point of view would certainly lead to a miscarriage, the removal of the organ is allowed. In this case, it is not an impermissible sterilization, according to a statement of the Vatican on Thursday by Kathpress.
Pope explicitly agreed
The statement of the faith authority signed by Prefect Luis Ladaria with the express consent of Pope Francis the date 10 December 2018. It complements a previous decision of 1993. This had declared the prevention of possible high-risk pregnancies by removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or a separation of the fallopian tubes (tubal ligation) inadmissible. This is a form of "direct sterilization."
The same letter from 1993, which continues to maintain its "full validity," states that removal of the womb is morally permissible only if "a serious current danger to the uterus." Life or the Health of the Mother "
A commentary on the new report states that the difference in the situation is that it is not" more or less difficulties or risks "of pregnancy, but rather" reversion. " a couple for whom reproduction is not possible ". Since "the birth of a living fetus is not biologically possible", the operative intervention "can not be considered as anti-procreative", ie not as a form of contraception.
Sterilization remains inadmissible
"The inadmissibility of sterilization lies in the No to the child, "said the Congregation for the Faith. On the other hand, the removal of reproductive organs which are incapable of delivering a pregnancy can not be described as direct sterilization; sterilization in itself remains "inadmissible as a goal and as a means".
The Congregation's response to the question submitted does not mean that removal of the uterus in such a case is "always the best possible" solution, but only that it is a morally permissible decision. Other options, such as resorting to barren periods or total austerity, are not excluded.