Monday, May 28, 2018

Church on Morning after Pill

Miscellaneous Church quotes relevant  to  “morning-after” pill and other abortifacient drugs and products.

 “One cannot accept being party to attacks on life…or on procreation”   Address to Catholic Pharmacists, Pope John Paul II L’Osservatore Romano, 9th February 1994, Rome

"It is not possible to anesthetize the conscience, for example, when it comes to molecules whose aim is to stop an embryo implanting or to cut short someone's life... I invite your federation [of pharmacists] to consider conscientious objection which is a right that must be recognized for your profession so you can avoid collaborating, directly or indirectly, in the supply of products which have clearly immoral aims, for example abortion or euthanasia..."

- Pope Benedict XVI, address to Catholic Pharmacists, October 29, 2007

Whoever attacks human life in some way attacks God Himself 

Pope John Paul II,  Evangelium Vitae n9

“From the ethical standpoint the same absolute unlawfulness of abortifacient procedures also applies to distributing, prescribing and taking the morning-after pill. All who, whether sharing the intention or not, directly co-operate with this procedure, are also morally responsible for it." - “Statement on the So-Called Morning After Pill,” Vatican Pontifical Council for Life, October 31, 2000.

“Each individual in fact has moral responsibility for the acts he personally performs; no-one can be exempted from this responsibility and on the basis of it everyone will be judged by God himself”  Pope John Paul II cf Evangelium Vitae 74

The truth is that there is absolutely no doubt about how the Plan B pills work. (same drug as Levonelle) Just ask the manufacturer, Barr Pharmaceuticals, whose product insert states: "This product works mainly by preventing ovulation (egg release). It may also prevent fertilization of a released egg (joining of sperm and egg) or attachment of a fertilized egg to the  uterus (implantation)." (My italics.) It's that third item that makes Plan B an abortion-causing drug.

- Human Life International President: "Plan A: Keep 'Plan B' out of Catholic hospitals", LifeSiteNews.com, October 5, 2007.

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"Abortion and euthanasia are thus crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize. There is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection." 

- Pope John Paul II, encyclical The Gospel of Life, #73, March 25, 1995.

"The [abortion] excommunication affects all those who commit this crime with knowledge of the penalty attached, and thus includes those accomplices without which the crime would not have been committed."  Pope John Paul II, encyclical The Gospel of Life, #62, March 25, 1995

Means inhibiting implantation “gravely immoral”

“Alongside methods of preventing pregnancy which are, properly speaking, contraceptive, that is, which prevent conception following from a sexual act, there are other technical means which act after fertilization, when the embryo is already constituted, either before or after implantation in the uterine wall. Such methods areinterceptiveif they interfere with the embryo before implantation andcontragestativeif they cause the elimination of the embryo once implanted.

In order to promote wider use of interceptive methods, it is sometimes stated that the way in which they function is not sufficiently understood. It is true that there is not always complete knowledge of the way that different pharmaceuticals operate, but scientific studies indicate thatthe effect of inhibiting implantation is certainly present,even if this does not mean that such interceptives cause an abortion every time they are used, also because conception does not occur after every act of sexual intercourse. It must be noted, however, that anyone who seeks to prevent the implantation of an embryo which may possibly have been conceived and who therefore either requests or prescribes such a pharmaceutical, generally intends abortion….

As is known, abortion is “the deliberate and direct killing, by whatever means it is carried out, of a human being in the initial phase of his or her existence, extending from conception to birth”. Therefore, the use of means of interception and contragestation fall within thesin of abortionand are gravely immoral.

                    -Dignitas Personae n23;  Instruction on certain bioethical questions.