Birth Control Births

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Was it an accident? Were the birth control pills left on the bedside untaken? Or did the pregnancy results from a rape? Women turn to the morning-after contraceptive pill for many reasons. In many European countries, women can buy the morning-after pill over the counter. In Germany however, this purchase is allowed only under prescription (Ware). Within Europe, only Italy and Poland join Germany in making the morning-after pill prescription. One case of a twenty five year old rape victim who was refused treatment by two Catholic hospitals in Cologne on January 2013 caused particular media outrage. The media debate that followed poured scorn on the Archbishop of Cologne Cardinal Meisner who under the pressure concluded that Catholic clinics should be allowed to prescribe the morning-after pill as a contraceptive but not an abortive method. President of the German Medical Association Frank Ulrich Montgomery still made skeptical comments about making the pill available over the counter (Dege). Increasing globalization over the last half century has granted many countries growing access to the medicines and healthcare practices. As the market for medications has expanded, however, so too has the pool of people requiring medical care. When it comes to contraception, the Protestant’s point of view is that prevention is better than aftercare. However the Catholic’s point of view is that contraception is a form abortion. From an ethical bioethicist point of view, this debate raises
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