LOS ANGELES, Aug 30 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A report in the Chicago Tribune yesterday claims that “according to Catholic health-care officials, most Catholic hospitals in the U.S. provide rape victims with the option of being treated with emergency contraceptives.” Southern California Catholic hospitals offer abortifacient “emergency contraception” while Chicago ones do not, notes the article.
The discrepancy lies in the fact that Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion agencies have been successful with disinformation campaigns that teach that morning after concoctions are not abortifacient. Pro-lifers urge all Catholic medical facilities to respect the clear teaching of their universal church authority, which has condemned morning after pills as abortifacient in nature. Rev. Michael Place, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States says the teaching on the subject is that: “In the case of rape, you may intervene to prevent conception, but in doing that you can’t do something that is abortifacient.”
It should also be noted experience has shown that limitations such as rape, incest, etc. are frequently very liberally interpreted to the point of becoming meaningless by those who have no intention of adhering to moral codes in the first place.