German Bishops okay ‘morning-after pill’ for rape victims

AFP

The German Catholic Church ruled Thursday that the use of the morning-after pill was acceptable in certain cases for rape victims.

The German Bishops’ Conference said in a press statement that rape victims treated in Catholic hospitals should “of course receive humane, medical, psychological and pastoral care.”

“The administration of a ‘morning-after pill’ can be part of this so long as it has a preventative and not an abortive effect,” added the bishops.

They specified: “Medical-pharmaceutical methods, which result in the death of an embryo, should continue not to be used.”

German bishops said after a meeting in the western city of Trier that they trusted Catholic institutions to take the correct medical decisions “on the basis of this moral and theological guideline.”

“In every case, the decision of the woman concerned must be respected,” added the statement.

The bishops were considering the issue after a woman who had been raped was turned away by two Catholic hospitals in the western city of Cologne.

The Catholic Church is fundamentally opposed to contraception or abortion.

AP

German bishops have agreed that Roman Catholic-run hospitals should be allowed to prescribe the morning-after pill to rape victims to prevent conception.

The German Bishops Conference issued the ruling at a regular meeting Thursday in the western city of Trier.

But it said Catholic hospitals still can’t prescribe drugs that would lead to the death of an embryo.

The German church was under pressure to clarify its stance after a recent case in which two Catholic hospitals in Cologne turned away a rape victim because of concerns over the pill. Cologne’s archbishop, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, said last month that the church was “deeply ashamed by this incident because it goes against our Christian mission.”

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