facebook
twitter
search
search

Clergy support morning-after pill for rape

Feb. 5, 2013 at 9:58 AM

COLOGNE, Germany, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Allowing Catholic-run clinic doctors to prescribe the morning-after pill to rape victims in Germany's most populous state has won the support of local clergy.

Bishops in four dioceses in North Rhine-Westphalia officially gave their support Monday to a decision made by the Archbishop of Cologne, The Local.de reported.

Cardinal Joachim Meisner caused a stir in Catholic Church circles last week when he announced that in certain circumstances the morning-after pill isn't morally objectionable.

Two Catholic clinics came under fire last month after it was revealed that they refused to give the pill to a woman who had been raped because it could result in ending a pregnancy.

Meisner said medication that stopped a pregnancy by halting the division of cells was acceptable in the eyes of the church.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
10-month-old Turkish baby rescued after floating out to sea
Immigrant who shot S.F. woman was deported 5 times in the past, police say
Putin congratulates U.S. on Independence Day
Wisconsin's Walker in hot seat over open-records restrictions
5-year-old Florida girl killed by leaping sturgeon