It was my understanding that Catholic authorities condemned use of the morning-after pill (Plan B contraceptive pill) because they considered it an abortofacient i.e. inducing abortion.
Not so, apparently, the Catholic bishops in Connecticutt. They have agreed to let the state’s Catholic hospitals abide by a new law requiring that the morning-after pill be available to the victims of rape. The new law requires a pregnancy test for rape victims prior to administering the pill but does not allow for an ovulation test. For two years the bishops fought for the ovulation test.
Finally, however, the bishops concluded that because of uncertainty about how the contraceptive works and about the effectiveness of these ovulation tests “to administer plan B pills without an ovulation test is not an intrinsically evil act.”
Bishop William Lord of Bridgeport explained: “What’s really at issue here is how much testing is appropriate to ensure that plan B does not induce the chemical abortion of fertilized ovum.”
The National Catholic Bioethics Centre issued a statement supporting the bishops’ decision.
Do you see anything morally wrong with using the morning-after pill?