I hope I am posting in the right forum.
As indicated, I am a Free Methodist minister. I am also a strong supporter of both ECT and the Gift of Salvation documents. I am strongly in support of the Catholic Church's right not to have to pay for artificial contraceptives via employee health insurance - including Catholic colleges and health care institutions.
That said, an interesting issue came up tonight on Gerta Van Susteren tonight. I have a background in healthcare and I know that these meds are given for other purposes. They are even given (along with other drugs) in order to treat infertility. So here's my question; Under what circumstances may a Catholic use these medications?
Treatment of skin disorders? Severe menstrual problems? Severe PMS? (Please don't laugh, this can rarely be very severe - when I worked EMS we had a patient who had to be mentally committed every month. She was just fine the rest of the time. I am positive she had other issues under the surface, but every month she went over the edge. My heart went out to her and her family. Clearly a very rare situation, but it does happen.)
If a married Catholic woman is taking such meds for another condition, would she be required to refrain from sexual relations with her husband?
Finally, are there any conditions under which it is permissible for a married Catholic woman to use artificial contraception? For instance, if she and her unborn child would likely die should she become pregnant? Would the church council abstinence instead?
These are sincere questions that I simply do not know the answer to. Thank you in advance for your answers.