.- In a statement released this week, Bishop Jorge Luis Lona of San Luis, Argentina, denounced a local proposal that would allow for the use of public resources to promote surgical sterilizations.
Bishop Lona noted in his statement that sterilization is a form of contraception that is âpractically irreversibleâ and is a form of mutilation. Reversal is successful in only a small number of cases, he maintained.
He warned that âreal experienceâ indicate that those who would undergo such a procedure would be mostly young, poor women who have few children, and not those who have many, as promoters wish people to believe.
The bishop also called the plan part of âan injustice called âeugenics,â in which the supposedly âleast aptâ lose the possibility of procreating.â He added that women would suffer more under the plan because men are more resistant to the idea of getting sterilized.
Bishop Lona noted that the measure would violate Argentinaâs penal code, which punishes any action that âdeprives the capacity to engender or conceive.â Nor would the measure allow for conscientious objection, thus forcing doctors âto commit a crime.â
Pope John Paul IIâs prophetic encyclical Evangelium Vitae, the bishop continued, warned about âwhat is occurring today in our country and in our province,â where peopleâs lives are being threatened âby the influx of vast world powersâ that are promoting and imposing anti-life family planning methods because of a supposed threat to their own countries by the growing populations of poor nations.