Thank you for your replies!
Nittlebug: Thank you for providing your point of view. The biggest problem I have with the morning after pill is that if ovulation had already occured, then there is a chance of fertilization and creation of a zygote. I am one who believes that life begins at conception, so if conception had occured prior to taking the pill the effect would be to prevent implantation of the fertilized egg (which I believe is a living human being).
The way I see it, by preventing implantation of the fertilized egg, the morning after pill causes an abortion. The birth control pill works the same way by either preventing ovulation or preventing implantation if fertilization occured. I am not sure about Norplant, but I think it works by preventing implantation of the fertilized egg and if so, to me is the same as an abortion.
I understand that this is a very polarizing issue, and I am not trying to generate heated debates concerning differences of opinion. I am just explaining to you some of my objections to this practice. I agree with you that it is tragic when somebody has been sexually assulted regardless of the setting (date rape or in an alley), and that they need a great deal of support. Not only the emotional impact, but the physical pain and fear of STDs and pregnancy.
If a child is conceived during this violent attack, I believe it is a victim also and think it would be even more tragic of an event if it was not given a chance to live. And yes, I do understand this is asking alot of someone who was sexually assulted especially since the entire pregnancy will be a reminder of the horrific violent act, and that this person will need tremendous support.
Regarding the Catholic Church and birth control, if you read the encyclical Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI, you will find the church's explanation on the consequences of birth control and see that it is not hippocritical at all. I am not trying to impose my religious beliefs on you or anyone, I am just trying to explain that the church has practical reasons for not permitting birth control and not permitting sex outside of marriage. Many people including Catholics do not understand the church's teaching on this topic, and think the church is being very restrictive and out-dated on this teaching, but this encyclical is very instructive.
Again, I am not trying to stir up heated debates or impose my religion on anyone, but when I express my view on this topic I usually get responses that seem to assume that I am closed minded, a religious freak, and not compassionate to others. I am just trying to explain my point of view on this subject and why I believe what I do.
Thank you all!