Monday, August 5, 2013

Brazil OKs Law to Give Women Morning-After Pill; Inducing Abortions OKd 4 Days After Pope's Visit

Just four days after Pope Francis left Brazil -- where millions of Catholics had assembled to support his theology -- President Dilma Rousseff signed into law a measure that opens the door to the distribution of abortion-causing drugs in the country's public health care system, the Catholic News website reports today (August 5, 2013).

The August 1 law requires health care centers in Brazil -- which has more Catholic worshipers than any other country in the world --  to administer the morning-after pill to women who say they have been raped up to 72 hours after the crime.

The head of Brazil's Special Secretariat for Women's Policies, Eleonora Menicucci -- an avid abortion proponent -- defended Rousseff, saying the decision to sign the law was out of "respect for Congress and for women."

The new norm, she said, will have "a positive impact in preventing abortion in women who have been the victims of rape," although she acknowledged that it allows for abortifacient "emergency contraception."

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