Sunday, January 14, 2007

Kudos to the Australian Catholics

Australian Catholic hospitals are refusing to cave into pressure to offer the morning after pill to rape victims.

The Code of Ethical Standards, drafted by Catholic Health Australia and approved by the Australian Bishops in 2001, states that women may only be directly referred to centres that offer the morning-after pill if reasonable steps have been taken to exclude the likelihood of pregnancy”, i.e., if use of emergency contraception can be expected to serve only a contraceptive and not an abortifacient role.


“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.”

If you've never stopped to really think through the issue of abortion and rape exceptions, take a look here and here. It may help to put some things into proper perspective.


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