NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER
MARCH 4, 1994 PAGE 9
VATICAN SAYS AUTOMATIC EXOMMUNICATION
FOR USING "MORNING AFTER PILL"
Women who purposely stop a pregnancy by using a 'morning-after pill' incur automatic excommunication, said a Feb. 28 article in the Vatican newspaper, L O'sservatore Romano.
Like abortion, pills that prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall "destroy a human being already called into existence even if it was not wanted and was conceived in a casual encounter,"
said Franciscan Fr. Gino Concetti a moral theologian who writes for the newspaper.
According to canon law, "person who procures a completed abortion incurs an automatic excommunication."
To distribute morning-after pills as contraceptives hides the truth and deceives those who use the pills, he added. Those who do not know the difference commit a moral wrong by taking the morning-after pill, but they do not face automatic excommunication, he said.
The article was a reaction against a proposal in England that contraceptive and morning-after pills should be made more widely accessible in order to stem the number of teenage pregnancies."