.- In an official statement published Monday, the Bishopsâ Conference of Ecuador praised a ruling by the Constitutional Courtâthe equivalent in that country of the US Supreme Courtâprohibiting the sale of the âmorning-after pill and called the decision a âYes to life.â
âDefending life,â the bishops said, âhas become a difficult task in our days, when a âculture of deathâ is emerging through different paths, promoted and maintained by certain people who are motivated especially by economic interests.â
âThis seems ironic in a society which frequently proclaims itself to be respectful of human rights and yet nonetheless does not see any contradiction in attacking the life of those who are the weakest and most defenseless, the unborn,â the bishops continued.
They acknowledged that unwanted pregnancies âindeed constitute a serious problem. But you do not solve a problem by creating others, and less so, by irresponsibly resorting to the criminal solution of abortion.â
The morning-after pill, the bishops went on, âmust be referred to for what it is, beyond the pseudo-scientific subtleties and verbal manipulations: it is simply called abortion. Those who speak of âavoiding an unwanted pregnancyâ should clearly state that in reality they are talking about the interruption of pregnancy that has already begun.â
âThe bishops of Ecuador support the ruling of the Constitutional Court. We are pleased to know that our country has judges who have chosen life,â the statement noted in conclusion