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Church criticizes EU directive on morning-after pill

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Nick Hodge 17.01.2015 15:24
The Polish Episcopate has criticised an EU directive designed to make the morning-after pill available without prescription in member states.
The morning-after pill. Photo: PAP/Grzegorz MichalowskiThe morning-after pill. Photo: PAP/Grzegorz Michalowski

''From the point of view of the Church's teaching on morals, the use of the so-called morning-after pill is a grave sin,'' affirmed a statement released by the Episcopate's bioethics team.

''The use of so-called emergency contraception opens the door to significant changes in cultural attitudes and relationships between people, '' the Episcopate argued.

''It promotes promiscuity and lack of responsibility in forging intimate relationships, it trivialises human sexuality, destroys the ideal of an exclusive relationship between a man and a woman and allows for freedom from responsibility towards other people.''

Although the EU directive had been intended to be taken up throughout the EU after 1 January 2015, individual countries can maintain restrictions on the shipping and use of the medication.

Hungary has already bucked the directive, ensuring that the pill remains prescription only.

However, Poland's ministry of health has stated that it is obliged to follow the directive. (nh)

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