Plan B and the German Catholic Bishops
Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Germany’s Catholic bishops recently ruled that levonorgestrel emergency contraception (EC) was acceptable for prevention of pregnancy in the case of rape. The ruling represents a significant change in Catholic doctrine that has been opposed to most forms of birth control. In their ruling the bishops cited a lack of evidence that levonorgestrel EC acts as an abortifacient. This case serves as a reminder of the need for bioethics to be based on current scientific literature as well as articles of faith and morals.
Emergency contraception, pregnancy, rape, Catholicism, contraception, postcoital, contraceptive agents, female, Germany, levonorgestrel, morals
Anderson, Douglas C. and Sullivan, Dennis M., "Plan B and the German Catholic Bishops" (2013). Pharmacy Practice Faculty Publications. 149.