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German bishops to allow 'morning-after pill' in rape cases

Catholic World News - February 21, 2013

Germany’s bishops have ruled that Catholic hospitals should provide the “morning-after pill” to rape victims, on the grounds that the pill does not cause abortions.

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg, the president of the German bishops’ conference, said that the “morning-after pill” could be used “as long as this has a prophylactic and not an abortive effect.” He said that the Church would remain firmly opposed to the use of any drugs that cause abortions.

After discussing the matter during a meeting of their episcopal conference, the German bishops concluded that the scientific evidence shows the “morning-after pill” does not cause abortions. The pill is already dispensed at some Catholic hospitals in the US, where authorities have reached the same conclusion.

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  • Posted by: impossible - Feb. 23, 2013 10:43 PM ET USA

    Logic, natural law, wherefore art thee? Such action in effect says that the baby is not an innocent bystander (by product) in case of rape. What warped theology and what a tangled web they weave with such deceit.

  • Posted by: JoePip - Feb. 22, 2013 6:17 PM ET USA

    JMJ Article written on Aug. 1, 2006 A spokepsman for the US Bishop's Conference has decried the decision by the US Food and drug Administration (FDA) to reconsider authorizing non-prescricption sales of the morning after pill.Making this powerful, abortifaicient drug available...(Their is more to this article at CWN Aug. 2006, "US Bishops' Spokesman," etc.) According to this article the morning after pill Does Kill! What gives in Germany and Hosptals, etc. in the USA?

  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 21, 2013 6:14 PM ET USA

    Ah, more confusion to the laity as the world's bishops manage a corporate Church and the faithful get press releases. We, the faithful, wait in the wilderness for one who will teach as Jesus did.

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