In December 2012, two Catholic hospitals in Cologne, Germany, reportedly refused to provide a gynecological exam to a 25-year-old woman who said she had been sexually assaulted. German law requires hospitals that treat rape victims to make available emergency contraceptive (EC) medications (also called “morning-after pills”). Many people believe that these medications can cause abortions by preventing the implantation of a newly conceived embryo.
To avoid needing to administer the EC medication, the hospitals referred the woman elsewhere without ever seeing her. The London Telegraph broke the story in English on Jan. 18, with the polemical headline: “German rape victim ‘turned away by...READ MORE