The researchers who posted the Catholic hospitals betray mission study on did further analysis of the Texas hospital discharge data to respond to allegations by the hospitals that the study had misrepresented the data. The hospitals asserted that the 9,684 records coded with the V25.2 ICD-9-CM diagnostic code for sterilization included many cases of sterilizations that were “medically indicated” and that such “indirect” sterilizations are permitted in Catholic hospitals. No evidence was given to support these accusations.


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