Should Catholic Hospitals Use the Morning-After Pill for Rape Victims?

Even with all of the different contraceptives and abortifacients on the market today, women forget to use their birth control, think their birth control method might have failed, or were coerced into sex. Many of these women resort to “emergency contraception,” a term that covers several drugs or devices that are used after intercourse (instead . . . Read more

What are Abortifacients?

An abortifacient is “a drug or agent that induces an abortion.”[1] The problem is that manufactures hide these drugs under the name “contraception” to make them more appealing to consumers. Contraceptives are Abortifacients in Disguise In 1963, the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) shared the widely held definition of abortion as . . . Read more

Abortion-Inducing Agents by Any Other Name Still Kill

(Zenit.org) – Claims of politicians not withstanding, the point at which human life begins is settled science. At the moment of fertilization, when the sperm and ovum join, a totally new and unique human being is formed. This single-celled zygote has the full complement of human DNA and immediately begins the self-directed process of maturation . . . Read more

Depo-Provera: Injectable Abortion

1. What is Depo-Provera? The Depo-Provera injection is a type of hormonal anti-fertility drug that works at times as a contraceptive, but also sometimes as an abortifacient, a drug that causes abortion in some instances. Its active ingredient is depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), a synthetic form of the natural hormone progesterone originally developed for the treatment . . . Read more

Administration of Plan B Contraceptives to Victims of Rape

May victims of rape be administered a “Plan B” (levonorgestrel-only) contraceptive? Catholic bishops, ethicists, and researchers have given a variety of answers to this question. Some forbid its use entirely, others permit it only after certain tests are done, still others allow it every time a victim of rape seeks care. This disparity in policy . . . Read more