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28 May 2013

Holy See Says Morning After Pill "Direct Attack" on the Unborn

GENEVA, May 28, 2013 (Zenit.org) - The so-called Morning After Pill, often called “emergency contraception” by the medical establishment, is not a “life-saving commodity,” the head of the Holy See delegation told the 66th World Health Assembly in Geneva this week. Such drugs are in reality “a direct attack” on the life of the unborn child.

 

The list includes “emergency contraception.”

 

Archbishop Zimowski said the Holy See “strongly agrees with the need to achieve further reductions in the loss of life and prevention of illness through increased access to inexpensive interventions” but insisted that they must all be “respectful of the life and dignity of all mothers and children at all stages of life, from conception to natural death.”

 

While some of the WHO’s recommendations, he said, “are truly life-saving, that of ‘emergency contraception’ can hardly be labelled as such since it is well known that, when conception already has occurred, certain substances used in ‘emergency contraception’ produce an abortifacient effect.”

 

“For my delegation, it is totally unacceptable to refer to a medical product that constitutes a direct attack on the life of the child in utero as a ‘life-saving commodity’ and, much worse, to encourage ‘increasing use of such substances in all parts of the world,’” he said.

 

Patrick Buckley, the international affairs officer of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, commented that the intervention was well placed.

 

The World Health Assembly is the annual general meeting of the World Health Organization and is discussing universal health coverage, women and children’s health, and monitoring the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, all of which have relevance to the issue of abortion and artificial contraception.

 

Buckley said, “It is good to hear the Holy See speaking out boldly on this fundamental issue. Women are entitled to the truth - and the Catholic Church is serving the best interests of women, children and families worldwide, when it proclaims the truth fearlessly on abortion and abortifacient products in world assemblies.”