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Local hospital no longer providing certain reproductive services

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) — Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare will no longer be providing certain reproductive services after meeting with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs).

According to a statement that was released Friday evening, they will no longer schedule patients for vasectomies or tubal ligations. They have been meeting with their providers and colleagues to ensure the medical services they provide are in accordance with these guidelines for Catholic health care services.

 The following statement is provided by Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa:

Like all Catholic health care organizations, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is called to adhere to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs). We have been meeting with our providers and colleagues to ensure the medical services we provide are in accordance with these guidelines for Catholic health care services. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is no longer scheduling patients for vasectomies or tubal ligations. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare remains committed to caring for the patients and communities we serve in the spirit of our Catholic values.

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