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Contraception and post rape medical treatment
Question from Curious George on 6/8/2013:

If Catholic women who have been raped are now allowed by Catholic teaching to sinlessly use contraception following their attack (because it is not immoral to do so) how can they be forbidden to use it in cases where the intercourse was consensual?

Answer by Judie Brown on 6/10/2013:

The entire topic of the proper treatment of rape victims and what can and cannot be done is the subject of much theological discussion. Rather than getting into that, I will answer the root topic of your question. That is: “What is the difference between how the Church views rape and consensual intercourse?” In Humanae Vitae, paragraph 11, the Church states that "Each and every marriage act must remain open to the transmission of life.” In addition, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2399, says: “The regulation of births represents one of the aspects of responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception).” Concerning rape, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2356, says: “Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them.” Thus, it is possible for the Church to view consensual sex as different from the “intrinsically evil act” of rape. It must be noted that causing the direct killing of a child created as the result of either situation is not allowed under any circumstances by Church teaching.

Judie Brown

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