Iowa Doctor Accused of Sterilizing Woman Against Her Objections

A surgeon in eastern Iowa is accused of sterilizing a woman despite her objections.

The Iowa Board of Medicine says Dr. George Pfaltzgraff of Iowa Falls performed a tubal ligation on a woman last year. Board documents say the patient told Pfaltzgraff she did not want the operation, which involves cutting, blocking or tying a woman's fallopian tubes.

The operation sterilized the patient permanently.

The board, which licenses physicians, has charged Pfaltzgraff with failing to conform to the minimal standard of acceptable and prevailing practice of medicine in Iowa.

Pfaltzgraff is a general surgeon at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls. Hospital spokeswoman Jennifer King says Pfaltzgraff remains an active member of the staff.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,