the birds, the bees, and the tubes
By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 20, 2011
In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have more babies.
A "tube-tying operation" is usually called "sterilization." Why would the Post writer chose an awkward, colloquial construction rather than the simple, accurate term? Perhaps because the writer doesn't want to alert readers to the essential problem here: that the Catholic Church opposes sterilization.
We're not done with the sentence yet. These "tube-tying operations" are performed on "women who are not going to have more babies." And why aren't they going to have more babies? Because their tubes have been tied. A bit circular: rather like saying that you plan to pour water on a fire that is not going to give off any more heat.
The Post story, on the other hand, is designed to give off heat. The trick for the writer, as evidenced by that remarkable lede, is to produce heat without shedding light.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($17,584 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: Gaby -
Jan. 21, 2011 2:01 PM ET USA
So it should have read: "A Catholic bishop forbid two Catholic hospitals from performing sterilizations on women who want to enjoy sex without restraint but who don't want any kids to ensue from it." Hum. Can't think why the Post didn't go with that...
Posted by: AgnesDay -
Jan. 21, 2011 1:22 PM ET USA
All the same, Hoorah for the bishop. May his tribe increase.