Vatican Perpetuates Misinformation about Abortion

Last week the Vatican issued a sweeping treatise on bioethics (in PDF). In the document, in addition to condemning abortion, it took aim at the morning-after pill, IUDs and RU-486, saying that these too can result in abortions. RU-486 can, indeed, be used to induce abortions, but the morning-after pill and IUDs are contraceptives – they work to prevent unintended pregnancies. We are dismayed to see the Vatican perpetuate scientifically unsupported myths.  The New York Times wrote about it here, and the Chicago Tribune here.

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