I found this quote in another forum:
Pope Saint John Paul II: “Contraception is to be judged objectively so profoundly illicit that it can never, for any reason, be justified. To think, or to say, anything to the contrary is tantamount to saying that in human life there can be situations where it is legitimate not to recognize God as God. Users of contraception attribute to themselves a power that belongs only to God, the power to decide in the final instance the coming into existence of a human being.” (Address on Responsible Procreation)
If this is true, does this mean that it is sinful for a spermicide to be used as part of medical treatment after rape?
I want to leave aside for a moment the question of emergency oral contraceptive medication, because some of them may act as an abortifacient, and that adds an extra layer of complexity to this question.
It has always been my belief that spermicide was permissible following the act of rape. It doesn’t negate the horror of the initial attack, but it does allow the victim to take some action against the intruding sperm. Am I wrong in my assumption?
How are we to understand the pope’s condemnation of contraception as “so profoundly illicit that it can never be justified” while also justifying it post-assault? What am I missing?