According to the Pennsylvania Pro Life Federation, a National Right to Life affiliate, the Pa Department of Health is reporting 31,818 abortions in Pa for 2015. While obviously NOT following rigid and strict demographic practices, multiplying 31,818 by 5.25 would bring us to close to 167,000 abortions in Pa for 2015! Are we failing to connect the dots and missing that MOST abortions are the result of abortifacients (See Abortifacients – HLI Educational Series for additional information.)?
Now, good luck finding a pharmacy (including those in department stores and supermarkets) which does not sell contraceptives! And as the Church has constantly taught the absolute prohibition of contraception, ads for providers of contraceptives should have NO place in parish bulletins/publications. How all the more horrific it is that much of what gets passed off as "contraceptive" can work as an abortifacient! Is it possible that parish advertising for providers of contraceptives/abortifacients is being allowed, because pastors are inaccurately understanding "material cooperation" as "cooperation that does not matter"? (cf., Bishop Elio Sgreccia, Pontifical Academy for Life, 6/9/2005).
Despite the witness of uncompromisingly pro life physicians, many may be unaware that so-called "emergency contraception'' is even used in Catholic hospitals for individuals identifying themselves as victims of sexual assault!
- As per Fr. Juan Vélez, MD (who also has a doctorate in dogmatic theology) and Rebecca Peck, MD, ''there is no safe period to give LNC-EC during a woman's cycle when it may be efficacious to prevent pregnancy without significant likelihood that it will have an abortifacient effect'' (The Postovulatory Mechanism of Action of Plan B, NCBC Quarterly, Winter 2013).
- Along with Dr. Peck, Father Vélez's position has been reiterated by Chris Kahlenborn, M.D. and Walter B. Severs, Ph.D., F.C.P. (Mechanism of action of levonorgestrel emergency contraception, Linacre Quarterly, February 2015).
- The Catholic Medical Association (Statement on Emergency Contraception in Cases of Rape, August 2015) has reiterated its opposition to "recommending Plan B in in any circumstance" (11/29/2016).
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2016 1:22 PM
Subject: News release: Abortion totals in Pennsylvania drop to record low
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