• Germany's news in English
 
Catholics back morning- after pill for rape victims
Photo: DPA

Catholics back morning- after pill for rape victims

Published: 21 Feb 2013 16:41 GMT+01:00

The German Bishops' Conference said in a press statement that rape victims treated in Catholic hospitals should "of course receive humane, medical, psychological and pastoral care."

"The administration of a 'morning-after pill' can be part of this so long as it has a preventative and not an abortive effect," added the bishops.

They specified: "Medical-pharmaceutical methods, which result in the death of an embryo, should continue not to be used."

German bishops said after a meeting in the western city of Trier that they trusted Catholic institutions to take the correct medical decisions "on the basis of this moral and theological guideline."

"In every case, the decision of the woman concerned must be respected," added the statement.

The bishops were considering the issue after a woman who had been raped was turned away by two Catholic hospitals in the western city of Cologne. The Catholic Church is fundamentally opposed to contraception or abortion.

AFP/mry

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

18:22 February 21, 2013 by Englishted
Medieval idiots who should have no say as to medical treatment and no right to refuse said treatment ,how much more prove is needed before people call for a separation of church and state.

Secularism for Germany you know it makes sense .
19:00 February 21, 2013 by DerHirsch
Um, it's a CATHOLIC hospital. Get it? Catholic. As in the hospital is run by the Church. It's not a state operated hospital.
19:00 February 21, 2013 by Zubair Khan
Just wait. In days ahead many reforms will be pouring in Caltholicsm.
19:24 February 21, 2013 by Englishted
@DerHirsch

Um, so they can refuse treatment on the grounds of religion and they only employ and use R.C. doctors ,nurses etc. do they?

People with attitudes like yours are the reason we need a secular state,otherwise they will think they are above the law and only answerable to there god,sound familiar ?.

@Zubair Khan

Don't hold your breath .
19:29 February 21, 2013 by lucksi
Well, let's face it: If a woman is raped, then she probably deserved it, the harlot. Furthermore, if it really was an illegitimate rape, then the female body has ways to shut it down.

Or so I am told by people in power.
19:32 February 21, 2013 by B_R_K
@DerHirsch

A Catholic Hospital which is paid by the state... by tax payer. Not only by church tax! The State is paying for the most of the church stuff. It is Nonsense that the church makes any rules.
19:59 February 21, 2013 by DerHirsch
@BRK, no the Church does make the rules, which is what this is about. Did the state decide to allow the morning after pill? I'm not stating an opinon. I am stating facts. The church runs the Catholic hospital. I'm fully aware that the state funds around 90%. Regardless, the individuals make the ultimate decisions in these catholic hospitals are the catholic clergy. I made no mention as to how it was funded or to who it hires.

Do you people even read?
20:29 February 21, 2013 by Englishted
@ DerHirsch

So the "ultimate decisions in these catholic hospitals are the catholic clergy"

If you would be so good as to state your opinion ,mine is that in the 21st century medical decisions should be taken by medical personal and not based on a outdated middle eastern code. In fact some of the decisions in the resent case should have led to criminal charges ,such as interfering in a police investigation it is high time that these religious organisations retreated out of public life and let people who don't work on the promise of a better afterlife get on with it.
21:11 February 21, 2013 by rosenthalenglish
The Catholic Church in Germany run 25% of thee hospitals in Germany.Now lets say that they only put 10% in each,then lets close them all down and the German taxpayer can pay it all.I don't think they will like that,seems that the Catholic Church is putting an awful lot of money into the German health system.It also treats more people with AIDS worldwide than any secular institution.Come on Englishted lets see you Atheists cough up your money and run a few hospitals for all!
23:20 February 21, 2013 by wood artist
Once again the Catholic church says "sure, but there are conditions." In this case, they seem to believe that "pastoral care" is really important, equating it with humane, medical...etc. I'm not sure what "humane" care is, but clearly the recent FUBAR in Köln doesn't qualify, does it? Of course, she didn't receive medical care either, so she's oh for two right off the bat. I haven't heard she received any "pastoral care" either, although she might not have been Catholic and after the way she was treated she's unlikely to be real receptive to seeing a Priest anyway.

In short, the church needs to get out of the way of providing medical services as long as they feel they get a say in the meeting between patient and doctor.

wa
23:26 February 21, 2013 by ChrisRea
@ rosenthalenglish

"the Catholic Church is putting an awful lot of money into the German health system" - Really? How much is that exactly? Did you subtract the subventions received by the Catholic Church from the state budget (that means also from taxpayers that are not Catholic)?

"It also treats more people with AIDS worldwide than any secular institution." - You don't say! Would you care to substantiate your statement with figures from an objective source? The funny thing is that the Catholic Church strongly opposes the measure that offers the most protection against AIDS i.e. use of a condom.
09:06 February 22, 2013 by Firmino
How progressive of them!!! Seriously, does anyone who hasn't been lobotomised even listen to these idiots???
16:46 February 22, 2013 by raandy
This according to the International Business Times: C/P ""The report also revealed meeting places of gay priests for their sexual encounters, reports La Repubblica, including ¦quot;A villa outside Rome, a sauna in Quarto Miglio,¦quot; as well as a university residence, a beauty parlor and rooms inside the Vatican itself.""

This is part of the leaked documents ,that may have contributed to the Popes resignation.

The Catholic anything is not a good thing, from hospitals to pedophile priest, the church is rife with debaucheries. At least the Pope nos when to jump ship.
16:46 February 22, 2013 by M Australian
Ditto!

If they were really cared about

quote " humane, medical, psychological and pastoral care." &

"Medical-pharmaceutical methods, which result in the death of an embryo, should continue not to be used." end quote

A. They would empower women and other marginalised groups by treating them with dignity and as equal human beings.

and

B. Prevent unnecessary suffering and death of millions of children, women and men by advocation all HIV/AIDS prevention measures including condoms.

Persons who unquestionably support these archaic latex phobic geriatric supposedly virgins are just as complicit in their crimes.
18:43 February 22, 2013 by Wise Up!
If this is a requirement for healthcare in Germany, then the

church needs to get out of the healthcare industry and let the Socialist state run it with their new rules.

The Church should not be forced to comromise on its most basic tennet: the sanctity of human life, particularly the unborn.
21:48 February 22, 2013 by M Australian
Wise Up! you do live up to your name.

What a brilliant idea and it should not just stop at healthcare but include all aspects of civil life.

Now that's something we can all say Amen to :)
Today's headlines
Turkish 'spies' arrested at Frankfurt airport
Photo: DPA

Turkish 'spies' arrested at Frankfurt airport

Three men suspected of being Turkish agents have been arrested by police, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. READ  

Tax take jumps 7.3 percent in November
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is having an excellent month. Photo: DPA

Tax take jumps 7.3 percent in November

Germany collected 7.3 percent more in tax in November 2014 than the same month last year thanks to the strengthening economy, the Finance Ministry said in its monthly report on Thursday, while pollsters found rising consumer confidence. READ  

Ramelow bunks off his first Bundesrat sitting
Bodo Ramelow looking low on energy at a sitting of the Thuringia state parliament. Photo: DPA

Ramelow bunks off his first Bundesrat sitting

Controversial new Thuringia minister-president Bodo Ramelow of the Left (Linke) party missed his first session of Germany's second house of parliament, the Bundesrat, to go on holiday with his family. READ  

'Wrong but legal' claims child porn case ex-MP
Edathy preparing to face questions in Berlin Photo: DPA

'Wrong but legal' claims child porn case ex-MP

A former rising star of German politics who resigned after pictures of naked children were allegedly found on his official laptop said Thursday what he did was "wrong, but legal." READ  

This week in history
A Brandt name to relaunch a country
Willy Brandt being sworn into office in 1972 Photo: DPA

A Brandt name to relaunch a country

We know him as Willy Brandt - but that was just a pseudonym the former chancellor took to avoid the Nazis. READ  

10,000 evacuated after WWII bomb find
A similar bomb defused in Potsdam in September 2013. Photo: DPA

10,000 evacuated after WWII bomb find

Local authorities evacuated some 10,000 people from central Potsdam after an unexploded Second World War bomb was found on a building site. READ  

Sunny outlook for business this winter
Photo: DPA

Sunny outlook for business this winter

German business confidence rose in December on the back of falling oil prices and a weak euro, the Ifo economic institute said Thursday, as the prospects for Europe's biggest economy grew sunnier. READ  

Merkel says Russia sanctions 'unavoidable'
Photo: DPA

Merkel says Russia sanctions 'unavoidable'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Thursday that sanctions against Russia remain "unavoidable" until Ukraine regains its sovereignty and independence. READ  

Reus fined €540k for no driving licence
Photo: DPA

Reus fined €540k for no driving licence

Germany and Dortmund football star Marco Reus was hit by a €540,000 fine Thursday, after state prosecutors in Dortmund confirmed he has been driving for years without a licence. READ  

British and German troops relive Xmas truce
Soldiers in World War One period uniforms watch the football match. Photo: DPA

British and German troops relive Xmas truce

Teams from the British and German armies played a friendly football game in Aldershot on Wednesday in memory of the Christmas truce of 1914. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Willy Brandt at his inauguration in 1972. Photo: DPA
National
Willy Brandt: the man, the chancellor... the airport?
Dresden skyline and river by night. Photo: DPA
Politics
What does Dresden have against Muslims?
Sponsored Article
Why are these International Baccalaureate students cheering?
Germany's national football team lifts the World Cup trophy
Gallery
Germany's most-Googled words of 2014
National
Why has The Local got a new logo?
Photo: DPA
National
This German was abducted and tortured by the CIA
Culture
10 top tips for partying in Germany
Sponsored Article
Top ten gifts for an expat Christmas
Photo: DPA
Technology
What does the Chancellor see as the future of the internet?
Photo: DPA
Culture
Stuff your face with these festive German cookies
Photo: DPA
Culture
What do beer, breakfast cereal and dildos have in common?
Culture
The Local's guide to German Christmas markets
Sponsored Article
Top five quirky Christmas jumpers
Photo: DPA
Culture
Get ready for Christmas like a German. We tell you how.
Photo: DPA
Munich
She did what with her dead mother?
Photo: DPA
National
Germany still paying for crisis fall out
Photo: DPA
Culture
Saxon wurst is the worst, Christmas market declares.
Photo: DPA
Politics
Can 'sorry' ever be enough for the Linke?
Sponsored Article
Shop Christmas gifts at Debenhams international store
Photo: DPA
Berlin
The Local's series on 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall
Shutterstock
Sponsored Article
Offer: Unlimited airmiles through December 19th
Photo: DPA
Gallery
See how Berlin has changed in 22 photos
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,194
jobs available
The Local Spain is hiring!
The Local is seeking a new editor for our site in Spain to join our growing team of internationally-minded, driven, ambitious and clued-up journalists.
Details and how to apply
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd