Friday, December 19, 2008

Absolutely NO "Plan B": Vatican. Yoo-Hoo, Abp. Dolan!

This should cause a change in the policy of Wisconsin's Bishops.

In the December 12 document Dignitatis Personae, the Vatican has condemned the use of morning after pills as falling "within the sin of abortion," and thus being "gravely immoral."

The morning after pill (MAP) is a drug that can be taken within 72 hours after intercourse, which works to inhibit ovulation and also to weaken the lining of the uterus, thus causing the already conceived child to die. The document calls MAP an "interceptive," meaning that it interferes "with the embryo before implantation."

Dignitatis Personae cautions that "in order to promote wider use of interceptive methods, it is sometimes stated that the way in which they function is not sufficiently understood." The document adds: "It is true that there is not always complete knowledge of the way that different pharmaceuticals operate, but scientific studies indicate that the 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."

That's not some new policy position; it is absolutely consistent with Church teachings going back to the Didache, albeit the language and target technology is updated.

What does that have to do with Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who is the Metropolitan for Wisconsin?

The Bishops of Connecticut, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, California and Washington permit their hospitals to administer the morning after pill to rape victims. While some of the hospitals require an ovulation test prior to the drug's administration, most only require a simple pregnancy test. Since a simple pregnancy test cannot detect pregnancy until usually a week after fertilization, the test is practically useless in determining a pregnancy resulting from a sexual encounter within 72 hours previous to its administration.

Contrary to some theorists, the Vatican is also clear about an alleged "Catholic exception."
Some have suggested that there is a Catholic exception to the use of the morning after pill when dealing with rape victims. However, in a February interview with the then-head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Bishop Elio Sgreccia, said that there was no exception to the use MAPs. asked Bishop Sgreccia if there was an exception in cases of rape. He replied: "No. It is not able to prevent the rape. But it is able to eliminate the embryo. It is thus the second negative intervention on the woman (the first being the rape itself)." (see coverage )

Given this, the Archbishop of Milwaukee should simply change the policy. It would be a wonderful Christmas present to the Faithful.


PaulNoonan said...

Policies like this devlaue life. They are evil. Brainless one-celled organisms are not human. Moreover, "Plan B" works first to stop ovulation, and then to stop fertilization. The odds of Plan B preventing implantation of a fertilized egg (that is, working after failing at it's initial tasks) is so small as to not be worth worrying about.

And as previously stated, that wouldn't be abortion by any serious definition anyway.

Dad29 said...

Oh, I don't know about that, Paul.

You're doing quite well for a brainless one-celled organism.

And your technical expertise shows it...

Amy said...

Policies like this devlaue life.

They only "devlaue" lives you deem worthy, Paul. As for the rest of us, all life, even in the beginning stages, is valuable and worthy of protection.

The "definition" of abortion always manages to shift so folks like *you* have the lock on it. Some days, it's "one-celled organisms" others, it's fully developed, born children who are merely inconvenient or unwanted.

Anonymous said...

I have heard many antiabortion and especially anticontraception advocates state that children are traumatized by the knowledge that their mothers could have aborted them. Do you agree with this statement? If so, then do you believe that a child will be scarred by the knowledge that her conception was the single worst moment of her mother's life?

Dad29 said...

Kit, I respond to comments which make sense.

Try again!