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By Diogenes ( articles ) | Dec 14, 2006

Let's say that you're writing a news story for the Boston Globe, about the implementation of a new Massachusetts law requiring hospitals to provide "emergency contraception" for rape victims. You're faced with a dilemma. The paper's editorial policy insists that "emergency contraception" can never, never, ever be described as involving abortion. But then how do you explain why Catholic hospitals sometimes won't issue the pills?

The Catholic-hospital network has issued a statement explaining its policy, but you can't quote it, because it raises the untouchable issue. So you summarize:

They will not provide contraception to someone who is pregnant, even if the woman has been assaulted, the statement suggests.

Which raises the question: Why would a woman who's already pregnant want contraceptives? For later, after the baby is born? But then that wouldn't qualify as "emergency" contraception, now would it? If it really is an emergency, then it really isn't a contraceptive.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 28, 2010 8:49 PM ET USA

    Nice touch, nice writing, a top shelf tweak if I ever read one.