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Jane Doe wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have a moral theology question in regards to prophylactic surgery. I am currently being tested for the breast cancer genetic mutation gene (BRCA), as I have had two close relatives who have the mutation. The course of medical action, if one has the mutation, is to remove the ovaries before age 40.

  • What is the Catholic Church's stance on removing a reproductive organ before it may or may not become diseased?

This decision would be based on reducing the risk of ovarian cancer and not on contracepting issues.

Thank you for your time in regards to this question,

Jane Doe

  { What is the Catholic Church's stance on removing a reproductive organ? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Jane —

I believe Fr. Tad Pacholczyk's Commentary on the National Catholic Bioethics web site on this topic is the closest to the Church's view.

Hope this helps,


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