Posts Tagged ‘Catholic hospitals’

German Bishops’ Approval of ‘Plan B’ for Rape Victims Fuels U.S. Debate Over Drug

PHILADELPHIA—On Feb. 21, the German Bishops Conference announced that Catholic hospitals under their jurisdiction could prescribe the “morning-after pill” to rape victims, a policy shift that reflects the …

Controversy in Cologne: The German Bishops and the ‘Morning After Pill’

In December 2012, two Catholic hospitals in Cologne Germany reportedly refused to provide a gynecological exam to a 25-year-old woman who said she had been sexually assaulted. German law requires hospitals that treat…

Doctor calls German bishops misled on morning-after pill

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 12:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading Catholic doctor in Spain says he will write a letter to Germany’s bishops to help correct what he believes to be their mistaken views on the morning-after pill.

“I’m going to write a long letter to the German Bishops’ Conference to give them some scientific light about this topic,” Doctor Justo Aznar told CNA Feb. 22 after the Pontifical Academy for Life’s annual meeting at the Vatican.

The German bishops decided Feb. 21 to allow Catholic hospitals to use the morning-after pill or other contraception in rape cases, provided that the medication acts as a contraceptive and not an abortifacient.

Their decision came after a 25-year-old woman claimed she was raped was refused treatment at two Catholic hospitals in Cologne. Cardinal Joachim Meisner issued an apology on Jan. 22, saying it was shameful for a Catholic hospital to refuse treatment to a rape victim.

The German bishops were already planning to meet as a group, so the topic was added to the agenda of their four-day gathering in Trier, Germany. The bishops unanimously agreed to allow the morning-after pill in rape cases, provided that it is administered in a way that “has a preventive and not an abortive effect.”

In response, however, Aznar called it a mistake for German bishops to think a morning-after pill will not act as an abortifacient.

“I hope the statements that I heard last night are not true, but if it is I think it’s a small technical ignorance by the German’s Bishops Conference,” said the physician, who has been working at La Fe Hospital in Valencia, Spain for 34 years.

Aznar heads up the hospital’s department of pathobiology, a field that applies the fundamentals of biology and medicine to global health issues.
“One could use the morning-after pill if we had the certainty that it was just a contraceptive, because in the case of rape, that would be a positive thing,” he said.

But Aznar argued there is scientific evidence that proves the pill also has an anti-implantation effect and therefore also abortifacient.

“I would say that approximately in half of the cases it acts as a contraceptive and the other half it has an anti-implantation effect.”

“So I estimate that there is no way a pill that can end the life of many human beings can be used after rape and it is ethically unjustified,” said the doctor, who also serves as the director for life sciences at the Catholic University of Valencia

“They need in depth study and Germany’s Bishops Conference needs to show the reasoning as to why they believe that pill can be used.”

The doctor believes that the Pontifical Academy for Life, whose world members are in a two-day conference in Rome until Feb. 23, should take action on the issue.

“It is our specific job to rationalize scientifically on topics related to defending life to establish correct moral laws and help Vatican organizations,” he noted.
“The legitimate defense of a raped woman needs to be established much earlier through other procedures and through education.”

“But in rape, the way the human life has been conceived is not this life’s fault.”

The doctor reflected that “a child generated from rape is as worthy for respect as a child generated in the most intense loving relationship.”

“Once a child has been generated he is worthy of complete respect and cannot be eliminated,” Aznar said. “Previous procedures need to be established so that human barbarity of rape that shouldn’t exist can be prevented.”

Radical NY abortion bill could close Catholic hospitals, Church warns

by Kirsten Andersen ALBANY, NY, February 15, 2013, ( – The state of New York could soon shut down Catholic and other health care providers for not offering or referring for abortions, according to the New York Catholic Conference. The group has been monitoring Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s…

Register Radio: Catholic Identity at Catholic Hospitals and an HHS mandate update

By Jeanette DeMelo |
Today on Register Radio, canon lawyer and theologian, Chancellor JD Flynn of the Archdiocese of Denver spoke about Catholic identity at Catholic hospitals. 

Last week, news outlets reported that a Colorado Catholic hospit…

Catholic hospitals (and politicians?) being put “on notice”…

  With the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) having been called to task by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), it may not be long before organizations sponsoring the nation’s Catholic hospitals will be called to task by the Pontifical Council for Health Care (PCHC). Why? According to one member [...]

Vatican turns critical eye to abortions at Catholic hospitals

by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman VATICAN CITY, November 16, 2012, ( - Following numerous revelations of abortions performed or promoted in hospitals affiliated with the Catholic Church in Spain’s Catalonia region, the Holy See’s…

Vatican Will Address Problem of Abortion, Other Immoral Practices at Catholic Hospitals

VATICAN — During its upcoming conference, the Pontifical Council for Health Care will address the problem of abortion and other practices against Church teaching at some Catholic hospitals around the world.


Vatican to address abortions in Catholic hospitals

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During its upcoming conference, the Pontifical Council for Health Care will address the problem of abortion and other practices against Church teaching at some Catholic hospitals around the world….

For This Employer, Faith Is No Hobby

The conscience wars have now expanded beyond Catholic hospitals and religiously-affiliated colleges.

A couple of weeks ago, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a case challenging the U.S. Department of Health and…

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