May a woman undergo a permanent contraception procedure such as sterilization, tubal ligation, or vasectomy?

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from South Africa, in:
Religious Authority: 
Ebrahim Desai
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
May a woman undergo a permanent contraception procedure such as sterilization, tubal ligation, or vasectomy?

Permanent contraception is permissible only if the woman's life is in danger or her health is seriously threatened.

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