Massachusetts: 35-year-old Tessa Savicki has launched legal action against a hospital and a number of its staff for carrying out a tubal ligation after a C-section rather than inserting an intra-uterine device like she requested.
Savicki has had nine children to several fathers, three of which are in her mother's custody and two of which qualify for public aid, and has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. She realises she won't get much public sympathy but wanted one more baby.
"I would never have the right to tell anyone else 'because you have this many kids, that's enough.' I take care of my kids. I love my kids. I was not ready to make that kind of decision [for permanent sterilization]," said Savicki.