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Texas Catholic hospitals to furnish 'morning-after' pill for rape victims

Catholic World News - September 16, 2011

The Seton Healthcare network in Texas has begun providing the “emergency contraceptive” Plan B pill to rape victims.

The Plan B pill can prevent a fertilized ovum from implanting in the uterus, thus causing an early abortion. The Seton Healthcare system is the largest Catholic hospital network in Texas.

(The linked news story is misleading when it says: “The Catholic Church teaches that contraception is illicit for Catholics.” The Church actually teaches that contraception is an offense against the natural law, which is binding upon Catholics and non-Catholics alike.)

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  • Posted by: garedawg - Sep. 17, 2011 12:10 PM ET USA

    The issue here is not contraception; it is abortion. In cases of rape, it is my understanding that it is OK to prevent conception, which is why a time limit (48 hours?) is set during which appropriate procedures can be performed to that end. Humanae Vitae applies to the "marital act", which a rape certainly is not.

  • Posted by: Miss Cathy - Sep. 17, 2011 10:15 AM ET USA

    @tony, they are obviously too busy with other things, ie. the content and character of pro-life priests and the organizations they promote. How can they possibly have time to bother with the character and content of an entire Catholic institution like a hospital or a university. I am sure they have guidance by theologians in Connecticut on this issue.

  • Posted by: tonydecker513018861 - Sep. 17, 2011 1:52 AM ET USA

    Bishop? Hello? Anybody Home?

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