It would be a very serious mistake to “boycott” a rape kit. A terrible crime has been committed and it is important that the victim get justice and society be protected from an attacker.
First of all, EC after rape is OK’d by the Church.
This is not accurate. The Church Herself is silent on the specific issue of emergency contraception (“Plan B”) in the case of rape. What is accurate is that some bishops in the USA have decided to acquiesce to civil law and permit Catholic hospitals in their diocese to stock and distribute the drug.
On the other hand, some bishops have stated that emergency contraception, because it can also prevent implantation, is abortifacient and therefore is NOT permitted. Still others say that since it is still a contraceptive, it should NOT be permitted.
So we can see that at this time, there is still debate.
Second, it is an option. They can’t obligate a woman to take it. I’m pretty sure there’s a law against that.
I would hope a woman would not take this drug as it can kill a fertilized, but not yet implanted, child.
Third, how would they find, charge, and prosecute the rapist??? The point of the kit is to collect DNA and help the women (or men, some survivors are men).
Agreed! Rape kits are essential for justice to be done and society protected from dangerous predators. Of course this “emergency contraception” does not apply to the unfortunate male victims of rape.
(btw, it has postulated by some that there are more male victims of rape than female victims. The difference is that boys and men often refuse to report it.)
Fourth, it also offers antibiotics for STI prevention (sadly, not one for HIV or anything yet).
I was unaware that “Plan B” was also an anti-biotic. In doing some quick protection, I cannot find any information that supports this assertion.
Fifth, birth control doesn’t “cause abortions.” It’s main function is to prevent ovulation and to block semen. It, sadly, may prevent implantation but that’s a side effect. If it were RU-486, then it would cause abortions. It is not.
Preventing a fetus from implanting in the womb is inducing an abortion as conception has already taken place.
Sixth, if you willingly engage in marital sex, you must be open to life. If you are raped, you did not consent to sex, therefore, you are not obligated to be open to life or accept the sex act in any way.
As I mentioned earlier, I believe that this matter is still under debate and the Church has not yet spoken authoritatively on this subject.