Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Pope Calls for Conscientious Objection by Pharmacists

The Holy Father has weighed in on the controversy concerning Catholic pharmacists dispensing contraceptives and abortifacients.

Vatican, Oct. 29, 2007 ( - Catholic pharmacists should not be involved in the distribution of drugs designed to cause abortion or euthanasia, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) said on October 29.

In a short talk to members of the International Federation of Catholic Pharmacists, the Holy Father urged the group to be sensitive to "the ethical implications of the use of particular drugs."

Specifically, the Pope said, "we cannot anesthetize consciences as regards, for example, the effect of certain molecules that have the goal of preventing the implantation of the embryo or shortening a person's life."

1 comment:

Gates' on the go said...

Rock on Papa! I agree. All hormonal 'contraceptives' are abortifacient in mechanism(albeit low percentage of breakthrough ovulation and inhibition of implantation in some products).

I am a pharmacist of conscience and proud to be one!

Aaron Gates, PharmD