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Emergency "Contraception" and Early Abortion...

"The encyclical of Pope Paul VI on birth control is true and must be followed by mankind. There shall be no rationalization of sin.” - Our Lady of the Roses, October 2, 1976

The following is a 1998 fact sheet from the NCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, on the proven abortifacient nature of emergency "contraception" pills, such as Plan B. Recently, Pope Benedict warned a group of Catholic pharmacists against dispensing drugs that have the goal of preventing the implantation of the human embryo:

The recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a new drug (Preven), specifically for use as "Emergency Contraception" (EC), is raising questions as to whether the drug's mechanism is contraceptive or abortifacient in nature.

A major problem in this debate is the manipulation of terms. The FDA, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and abortion advocacy groups long ago endorsed a change in the definitions of "conception" and "pregnancy" to confuse the issue. Instead of equating conception with fertilization, and seeing a woman as pregnant if her body contains a living, developing embryo, they equate "conception" and "pregnancy" with the implantation of the embryo in the uterus 6 to 10 days later. Thus a drug or device that destroys the early embryo or disrupts its development is redefined as "contraceptive," even though it is abortifacient in nature.

What is EC?

The new Preven regimen and similar so-called "morning-after" pills, which can actually be taken several days after intercourse, are high doses of ordinary birth control pills containing estrogen and progestin, which have long been known to inhibit pregnancy. In response to years of pressure from some medical and advocacy groups, the FDA recommended six brands of oral contraceptive pills in high doses (Ovral, Lo/Ovral, Nordette, Levlen, Triphasil, and Tri-Levlen) as "safe" and "effective" for use as "postcoital EC" in February 1997.

EC pills are intended for use no later than 72 hours after "unprotected" intercourse. One dose of pills is taken within 72 hours and a second dose 12 hours later. Proponents claim that the pills are 75% effective in preventing pregnancy. Planned Parenthood, which offers the regimen at many of its sites, says that the method is for "special circumstances" such as after "contraceptive failure" or sexual assault. (This raises the question: How can it be contraception, if contraception has already "failed" so that conception has occurred?) The method offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases. It also poses greatly increased health risks for smokers, although there are virtually no warnings about this, according to Hanna Klaus, MD, FACOG. About half the women taking ECPs experience nausea and 20% may vomit for up to two weeks. Potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (after a high dose of estrogen) is also among the possible side effects.

How does EC work?

While Preven and other EC pills are FDA-approved as "contraception," medical and advocacy groups admit that the pills work in a variety of ways. While these pills may sometimes have a contraceptive mode of action because they prevent or delay ovulation or fertilization, they are designed to prevent implantation as well. 

According to the FDA, "EC pills ... act by delaying or inhibiting ovulation, and/or altering tubal transport of sperm and/or ova (thereby inhibiting fertilization), and/or altering the endometrium (thereby inhibiting implantation)" (FDA Notice, 62 Fed. Reg. 861 [Feb. 25, 1997]).

The Alan Guttmacher Institute's Family Planning Perspectives made the same observation in 1995: "Emergency contraceptive pills, also known as morning-after pills, are a postcoital hormonal treatment that appears to inhibit implantation of the fertilized ovum" (C. Harper and C. Ellertson, "Knowledge and Perceptions of Emergency Contraceptive Pills Among a College-Age Population: A Qualitative Approach," 27 Family Planning Perspectives 149 [July-August 1995]).   It is this abortifacient mode of action that EC proponents often downplay.

A recent editorial favoring EC in a major medical journal made a fascinating connection in commenting on the drug's mode of action: "From a medical point of view, the use of emergency contraception should not be considered abortion, since, as demonstrated daily in programs for in vitro fertilization, pregnancy in a woman cannot begin until the fertilized ovum is implanted in her uterus" (P. Stubblefield, "Self-Administered Emergency Contraception — A Second Chance," 339 New England Journal of Medicine 41 [July 2, 1998]). To most people, what IVF has underscored is the fact that a life begins with fertilization (hence the popular name "test-tube baby.") The editorial's analogy only proves that, if we want to call EC "contraception," we must also call it merely "contraception" to deliberately discard and destroy developing human embryos in the laboratory. Congress has never taken this view.

Abortion or Contraception?

A woman who uses EC after unprotected sex clearly intends to prevent pregnancy. However, she may be quite unaware of “where” she is in her cycle (i.e., whether or not she has ovulated). Although she may not intend to abort, the drug's action of altering the endometrium to interfere with implantation may in fact abort the developing embryo.

This point cannot be overemphasized. "Taking a high level of estrogen via ECPs within 72 hours of intercourse once the fertile phase has begun will, in fact, precipitate ovulation. This will make it more likely, rather than less, that fertilization will occur," according to Dr. Klaus. Once an ovum is in the Fallopian tube, the process of fertilization may begin within 15 to 30 minutes after intercourse. Thus some researchers conclude that interfering with the endometrium "could explain the majority of cases where pregnancies are prevented by the morning-after pill" (J. Wilks, A Consumer's Guide to the Pill and Other Drugs at 154 [1997], citing F. Grou and I. Rodrigues, "The morning-after pill: How long after?", 171 Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 1529-34 [1994].) Without implantation, which occurs about a week after fertilization, the embryo cannot develop and will die.

Brown University associate professor of medicine, Ralph Miech, M.D., Ph.D., agrees. "This type of pill causes an abortion," he wrote in the Providence Journal on August 3, 1998. "From a pharmacologic perspective, this type of pill should be called an 'abortion-after pill'."

The question must be asked: "How is this contraception?" Women are being falsely led to believe that these pills are contraceptive in nature. But one of their common and intended modes of action is to prevent the development of the embryo, resulting in his or her death.

October 1998

"We warned you over and over again, through years of visitations upon earth--My Mother going to and fro to warn you, that those who have given themselves over to debasement, by the practice of homosexuality, birth control, abortion and all other aberrations that bring sorrow to My Mother's heart--this must be stopped now. There shall be no excuse accepted in Heaven by the saints, nor by My Mother and I, or the Eternal Father and the Holy Ghost, for what you are doing upon earth now." - Jesus, June 6, 1987 

“Permissiveness shall not be accepted by your God. Sin is sin; there is no compromise for sin. Mortal sin is a grievous offense to the Eternal Father. The Commandments shall be followed without permissiveness.” – Jesus, November 21, 1977

Vatican: “The Church has always taught the intrinsic evil of contraception”


"The Church has always taught the intrinsic evil of contraception, that is, of every marital act intentionally rendered unfruitful. This teaching is to be held as definitive and irreformable."

- "Vademecum for Confessors: Concerning Some Aspects of the Morality of Conjugal Life," #4, Vatican Pontifical Council for the Family, March 1, 1997. 

"From the ethical standpoint the same absolute unlawfulness of abortifacient procedures also applies to distributing, prescribing and taking the morning-after pill. All who, whether sharing the intention or not, directly co-operate with this procedure, are also morally responsible for it."

- “Statement on the So-Called Morning After Pill,” Vatican Pontifical Council for Life, October 31, 2000. 

Pope Benedict XVI warned against dispensing drugs that have the goal of preventing the implantation of the human embryo: "It is not possible to anesthetize the conscience, for example, when it comes to molecules whose aim is to stop an embryo implanting or to cut short someone's life... I invite your federation [of pharmacists] to consider conscientious objection which is a right that must be recognized for your profession so you can avoid collaborating, directly or indirectly, in the supply of products which have clearly immoral aims, for example abortion or euthanasia..."

- Pope Benedict XVI, address to Catholic Pharmacists, October 29, 2007

On June 5, 1987, Pope John Paul II warned clergy and theologians of their grave obligation to faithfully transmit the Church’s teaching on contraception:  “A grave responsibility derives from this: those who place themselves in open conflict with the law of God, authentically taught by the Church, guide spouses along a false path. The Church’s teaching on contraception does not belong to the category of matter open to free discussion among theologians. Teaching the contrary amounts to leading the moral consciences of spouses into error.”

- "The Church's teaching on contraception is not a matter for free discussion among theologians," L'Osservatore Romano, July 6, 1987, p. 12.

On September 17, 1983, Pope John Paul II told priests in Rome that “contraception is to be judged objectively so profoundly unlawful as never to be, for any reason, justified. To think or to say the contrary is equal to maintaining that, in human life, situations may arise in which it is lawful not to recognize God as God.”

- quotation from “The Papal Talk of 17 Sept.,” The [Hartford] Catholic Transcript, David Q. Liptak, January 20, 1984.

Asked what he would do if pushed on the issue by the state, Bishop Sheridan indicated that he would likely rather have the Church pull out of hospitals than compromise the faith.  "If I personally were being pushed on this and had to make the decision by myself, I'd have to question whether or not we could continue that particular ministry if the state were going to force us to act contrary to Catholic teaching, to the Catholic conscience," he told LifeSiteNews.com.

     Bishop Sheridan concluded, "How could you continue to call yourself Catholic if you were doing things that were contrary to Catholic teaching even if you were being forced by the state to do them?" 

- “Colorado Springs Bishop Says He Does Not and Would Not Permit Plan B in Catholic Hospitals”, LifeSiteNews.com, October 10, 2007.  

The truth is that there is absolutely no doubt about how the Plan B pills work. Just ask the manufacturer, Barr Pharmaceuticals, whose product insert states: "This product works mainly by preventing ovulation (egg release). It may also prevent fertilization of a released egg (joining of sperm and egg) or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus (implantation)." (My italics.) It's that third item that makes Plan B an abortion-causing drug. The same can be said for every chemical contraceptive.  

- Human Life International President: "Plan A: Keep 'Plan B' out of Catholic hospitals", LifeSiteNews.com, October 5, 2007. 

“The Vatican did not need to invent any new teaching on the Plan B pills because these pills fall into the category of abortifacient contraception, pure and simple. The consistent teaching of our Church on abortion applies here.”

- Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer, quotation from “A ‘seriously flawed’ decision in Connecticut,” The [Los Angeles] Tidings, October 19, 2007.  

 

"The [abortion] excommunication affects all those who commit this crime with knowledge of the penalty attached, and thus includes those accomplices without which the crime would not have been committed."
 

- Pope John Paul II, encyclical The Gospel of Life, #62, March 25, 1995.

 

 

 

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SIXTY MILLION
"I say this for this reason: the Eternal Father is much disturbed at the numbers of abortions being committed throughout your country and the world. These numbers go upwards to fifty to sixty million in one year throughout the world." - Our Lady,
June 18, 1986

TREATED AS GARBAGE
"O My child, My tears fall upon you all when I see all of the innocent little babies being slaughtered . . . cast into garbage pails like nothing but dirt and scum. They are living human beings! And all murderers shall get their just recompense." - Our Lady,
March 18, 1983

DOCTORS
"Doctors now are profaning their profession, those who have given themselves over to destroying human life in abortions." - Jesus,
June 6, 1987

FOULEST OF DEEDS
"Our hearts are torn because of the wanton murder of the young by evil man. Abortion, My children, is murder, the most foulest of deeds, that is punishable by death! And what is worse than death of the soul?
     "I say unto you, as your Mother, that any man or woman who performs or takes part of this abomination of the murder of the unborn shall be given a heavy penance upon earth, or if this penance is not given upon earth, that person found guilty in the eyes of his God shall suffer eternal damnation in the fires of hell." - Our Lady,
December 28, 1976 

TORMENT
"The torment that will be visited upon those who murder the innocent shall be eternal damnation and feasting their eyes upon the murdered souls." - Our Lady, May 10, 1972

SAINTS CRY OUT FOR PUNISHMENT
"Oh, the greatest of sorrow is upon Our hearts because of the loss of the little ones. Your country, My child, and many countries throughout your world, shall do great penance for the murders of the young, the abortions, the murders being committed in your country. The saints in Heaven cry out for punishment upon a wicked generation. Never in the past, in all the slaughters of history, has there been such wanton killing of the young and the innocent! I say unto you, as your God, you shall be brought down to your knees! You, evil mankind, you shall be cleansed in a bloodbath!” - Jesus, February 1, 1977

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Articles…

Plan B abortifacient:

Pope tells pharmacists not to dispense drugs to inhibit implantation
http://www.tldm.org/News11/PopeDoNotDispenseDrugsThatInhibitImplantation.htm

World renowned theologian renders possibly decisive blow in debate on Plan B in Catholic hospitals
http://www.tldm.org/News11/DecisiveBlowInPlanBDebate.htm

A 'seriously flawed' decision in Connecticut
http://www.tldm.org/News11/SeriouslyFlawedDecisionInCT.htm

US Court rules pharmacists must have rights of conscience respected
http://www.tldm.org/News11/Pharmacists'RightsOfConscienceMustBeRespected.htm

Australia's Cardinal Pell: Dispels "heresy" that Catholics can approve contraception "in good conscience"
http://www.tldm.org/News11/CardinalPellHeresyThatCatholicsCanApproveContraception.htm

Colorado Springs Bishop says he does not and would not permit Plan B in Catholic hospitals
http://www.tldm.org/News11/ColoradoSpringsBishopPlanB.htm

Human Life International President: "Plan A: Keep 'Plan B' out of Catholic hospitals"
http://www.tldm.org/News11/Keep'PlanB'OutOfCatholicHospitals.htm

Catholic Media Coalition asks Connecticut Bishops to rescind approval of abortifacient Plan B
http://www.tldm.org/News11/CatholicMediaCoalitionConnecticutBishops.htm

Bishops of Connecticut: Are you willing to risk murder?
http://www.tldm.org/News11/BishopsWillingToRiskMurder.htm

U.S. Catholic Health Association giving flawed advice on morning after pill to Catholic hospitals
http://www.tldm.org/News11/CHAGivingFlawedAdvice.htm

UK Cardinal standing firm in his refusal to allow a famous Catholic hospital to make abortion referrals or provide contraceptives
http://www.tldm.org/News11/UKCardinalCatholicHospital.htm

Point man for Connecticut Bishops on Plan B 'emergency contraception' totally confused on issue
http://www.tldm.org/News11/PointManForCTBishopsTotallyConfused.htm

Connecticut bishops allow Plan B in Catholic hospitals for rape--Catholic Medical Association opposed
http://www.tldm.org/News11/ConnecticutBishopsAllowPlanBinCatholicHospitalsForRape.htm

Connecticut bishops should reconsider: Russian roulette with the lives of babies is unacceptable
http://www.tldm.org/News11/ConnecticutBishopsRussianRoulette.htm

Online video: Noted endocrinologist explains how the birth control pill causes abortion
http://www.tldm.org/News11/BirthControlPillCausesAbortion.htm

Plan B manufacturer admits morning after pill can cause death of an embryo
http://www.tldm.org/News9/ContraceptionDeathOfEmbryo.htm

Advisory doctor to FDA confirms morning-after pill acts as abortifacient
http://www.tldm.org/News9/ContraceptionFDAadvisor.htm

Conscientious objection to Plan B and abortifacients:

Pope tells pharmacists not to dispense drugs to inhibit implantation
http://www.tldm.org/News11/PopeDoNotDispenseDrugsThatInhibitImplantation.htm

US Court rules pharmacists must have rights of conscience respected
http://www.tldm.org/News11/Pharmacists'RightsOfConscienceMustBeRespected.htm

Pharmacists sue Washington state for forcing them to sell morning after pill
http://www.tldm.org/News11/ContraceptionPharmacistsSueWashingtonState.htm

Pharmacist vows he will not dispense abortifacient despite job loss
http://www.tldm.org/News8/PharmacistAbortifacient.htm

UK Cardinal standing firm in his refusal to allow a famous Catholic hospital to make abortion referrals or provide contraceptives
http://www.tldm.org/News11/UKCardinalCatholicHospital.htm

Colorado Springs Bishop says he does not and would not permit Plan B in Catholic hospitals
http://www.tldm.org/News11/ColoradoSpringsBishopPlanB.htm

The Church and the State today: What belongs to Caesar and what doesn't, Archbishop Chaput (PDF file)
http://www.archden.org/images/ArchbishopCorner/Addresses/church&statetoday_newyork10.26.07.pdf

Contraception:

Pope Paul was prophetic
http://www.tldm.org/news4/contraception.htm

Contraception is intrinsically evil
http://www.tldm.org/news6/contraception.htm

Abortion and the contraceptive mentality
http://www.tldm.org/news4/contraception%5Fabortion.htm

Confirmed deaths caused by RU-486
http://www.tldm.org/News7/AbortionRU-486.htm

Abortion Pill, RU-486, kills 5 women in one month
http://www.tldm.org/news8/AbortionPill.RU-486KillsWomen.htm 

Outside Links…

Contraception:

Emergency Contraception: The Morning-After Pill (American Life League)
http://www.all.org/article.php?id=10130

Pharmacists agree with Pope on contraception, [New York] Newsday, October 30, 2007
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/nassau/ny-lipharm305438291oct30,0,3666669.story

Pope Benedict challenges pharmacists to refuse to dispense abortion pill, Catholic News Agency, October 29, 2007
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=10813

Pope Wants Pharmacists To Refuse Emergency Contraceptive Prescriptions, My Fox St. Louis, October 29, 2007
http://www.myfoxstl.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=4776777&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

Pope to Druggists: Shun Immoral Scripts, Associated Press, October 29, 2007
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jw4DfRJJM5LHehUvvOG8BRS1VtuwD8SJ2J8G0

The bishops cave, The [Waterbury] Republican American, October 1, 2007
http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2007/10/01/opinion/288573.txt

Contraception: Fatal to the Faith and to Eternal Life,  John A. Hardon, S.J.

Is Contraception Gravely Sinful Matter? by Fr Lino Ciccone CM (from L'Osservatore Romano, 4 December 1996)

Faithfulness to the Divine Plan in the Transmission of Life Pope John Paul II's General Audience (8 August 1984)

Humanae Vitae Pope Paul VI - Encyclical - On the Regulation of Births (25 July 1968)

Contraception Versus Abortion: A Comparison and Some Implications, By Msgr. Vincent Foy, PhD.

Contraception and Catholic Teaching, Donald DeMarco, Ph.D.

God and the Pill, Terence J. Hughes

Abortifacients, Charles M. Mangan

Abortion:

Sin to vote for pro-abortion politicians? Fr. Matthew Habiger
http://www.ewtn.com/library/ISSUES/SINTOVOT.HTM

“Whoever is not with Me, is against Me,” Archbishop William Levada
http://www.ewtn.com/library/BISHOPS/LEVADA.HTM

Declaration on procured abortion (CDF, November 18, 1974)
http://www.ewtn.com/library/CURIA/CDFABORT.HTM

The Gospel of Life, Pope John Paul II, March 25, 1995
http://www.ewtn.com/library/ENCYC/JP2EVANG.HTM

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