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Is it halachically ok for a woman have a hysterectomy if there is no medical need? If not, is it permissible as a form of contraceptive?

  • see Nishmat Avraham vol. 3, pp. 56ff for sources at length – mbloch Jun 20 at 15:23
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That's a dispute between Tane Kamah and R' Yehuda regarding the prohibition of castrating in Tosefta Makos 4 4:

המסרס את האדם ואת הבהמה ואת החיה ואת העוף,
בין גדולים בין קטנים,
בין זכרים ובין נקבות
– הרי זה חייב (מלקות).
רבי יהודה אומר: מסרס את הזכרים – חייב,
ואת הנקבות – פטור (מהתורה, אבל אסור מדרבנן).

(Tane Kame says removing woman's reproductory system transgresses the Negative commandment Deorayso, and R' Yehudah says, that it is not (Deorayso as women are not commanded on reproduction, but still forbidden Derabanan)

Most of the following Poskim Follow R"Y's approach, making it forbidden Derabanan.

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