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Top Authority of Morning After Pill: Yeah, It Causes Abortions

Dear German bishops, please read this:

The same month that Germany’s bishops have backed the use of the morning-after pill for rape victims, one of the world’s leading authorities on the drug has said doctors have a duty to inform women that it could prevent a newly-conceived embryo from implanting in the womb, causing an abortion. Dr. James Trussell, Director of Princeton’s Office of Population Research, makes the statement in an academic review on the drug dated February 2013 and co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth G. Raymond. "To make an informed choice, women must know that [emergency contraceptive pills] … prevent pregnancy primarily by delaying or inhibiting ovulation and inhibiting fertilization, but may at times inhibit implantation of a fertilized egg in the endometrium,” they write.
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3 comments:

Epicus Montaigne said...

I read through what the bishops said, and they only prescribed the morning-after pill when they were certain that there had been no conception up to that point (taking into account menstrual cycle, time since the rape), and it seemed like the German bishops were very careful to lay out the rules in which it could be ok, and the media was much more careful to point fingers and shout "Looklooklook Catholics breaking rules look!"

Mary De Voe said...

"The two also make the ludicrous claim that even with a post-fertilization effect the drug is “not abortifacient,” citing the fact that medical authorities define pregnancy to begin at implantation rather than conception." A newly begotten human being is endowed with a human soul and sovereign personhood at fertilization. Redefining the human being and nature does nothing to the facts. Punishing an innocent virgin for his father's crimes is hardly conducive to JUSTICE.

Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone is arguing that it never causes abortions, just that in some circumstances it does not.

The USCCB has approved of this kind of thing for years and years, so I don't know why everyone is in a frenzy over the Germans.


Compassionate and understanding care should be given to a person who is the victim of sexual assault. Health care providers should cooperate with law enforcement officials and offer the person psychological and spiritual support as well as accurate medical information. A female who has been raped should be able to defend herself against a potential conception from the sexual assault. If, after appropriate testing, there is no evidence that conception has occurred already, she may be treated with medications that would prevent ovulation, sperm capacitation, or fertilization. It is not permissible, however, to initiate or to recommend treatments that have as their purpose or direct effect the removal, destruction, or interference with the implantation of a fertilized ovum.19
http://old.usccb.org/bishops/directives.shtml


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