Target: German Bishops’ Conference
Goal: Support decision for church-run hospitals to provide rape victims with the morning-after pill
Recently, a woman in Germany was denied treatment at two hospitals after being raped. The hospitals were run by the Catholic Church, and as such could not provide the morning-after pill to the victim. Due to this incident, bishops in Germany chose to re-examine the Church’s stance on treatment for rape victims. They decided that the life and well-being of the victim is ultimately the most important, and announced that all Church-run hospitals in the country would be providing the morning-after pill to rape victims. This is a step forward for women’s rights across the country.
German hospitals that are run by the Catholic Church adhere to the Church’s beliefs on abortion, and refuse to perform this procedure. However, the Church has determined the morning-after pill is not the same as abortion. The pill does not induce an abortion, but instead simply blocks the egg from being fertilized. Because of the actual effects of the pill, the Catholic Church chose not to deny the pill as part of proper treatment for rape victims.
With this decision, the Church has ultimately decided that the well-being of women is more important than the possibility of conception. Rape victims will be able to receive proper treatment at any Church-run hospital in Germany, instead of being forced to seek another hospital. In a statement about the decision, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch emphasized that “women who have been victims of rape will get the proper human, medical, psychological and pastoral care.”
This is a step forward for women, as their right to medical treatment is no longer being denied after a horrific incident. Church views should not prevent women from receiving medical care, and the Catholic Church now realizes this. Sign the petition below to thank German Catholic hospitals for allowing rape victims to receive proper treatment.
Dear German Bishops’ Conference,
Recently, you announced that rape victims in Germany would be allowed access to the morning-after pill at Church-run hospitals. This decision came after a woman was denied treatment at two hospitals. It was decided that the morning-after pill, since it does not cause abortion, should not be denied to any victim who needs it for proper medical treatment.
I applaud you for this decision. Women who have faced a traumatic incident such as rape should not be denied basic medical care. With this decision, you are showing that you understand the life and well-being of a victim is more important than a mere possibility of conception. Thank you for allowing women to receive proper treatment at Church-run hospitals.
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