Connecticut Catholic hospitals have agreed to issue emergency contraceptives to rape victims in accordance with a new state law, Plan B, set to go into effect next week. This announcement comes as a surprise, since it was generally expected that the Catholics would hire outside contractors to administer the medication and so avoid any proximity with possible abortions.
Catholic hospitals have been administering emergency contraceptives for some time – but only to women who weren’t ovulating. The new law requires a pregnancy test to be conducted on all rape victims and emergency contraceptives administered to all – but no ovulation test is required.
“The administration of Plan B pills in this instance cannot be judged to be the commission of an abortion because of such doubt about how Plan B pills and similar drugs work and because of the current impossibility of knowing from the ovulation test whether a new life is present,” the Connecticut bishops said in a statement. “To administer Plan B pills without an ovulation test is not an intrinsically evil act.”
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