February 23, 2012 ( – The Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) has ruled that legislation passed in 2009 forbidding the sale of “emergency contraception” is constitutional.

The reason cited by the Court was a simple one: “emergency contraception” also known as the “morning after pill,” can, in fact, cause early abortions.

The 2009 law against emergency contraception was originally vetoed by socialist president José Manuel Zelaya, making the issue a matter before the Supreme Court. However, Zelaya was soon removed from office by the same Supreme Court for violations of the Constitution, following which the country’s new secretary of health issued a regulation banning the sale of the drug, which studies suggest can prevent the newly conceived human embryo from implanting in the uterine wall.

However, the regulatory decree could not be backed by penal sanctions until the Supreme Court issued its verdict on the constitutionality of the previous law. The government will now be free to create such sanctions to protect the unborn, and fulfill the Constitution’s protection of all human life.

Article 65 of the Honduran Constitution states that “the right to life is inviolable” and article 67 specifies that “the unborn are considered to have been born in everything that favors them, within the limits established by law.”


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