Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 13, 2023 / 14:00 pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced the approval of the first nonprescription oral contraceptive, called “Opill.” The drug’s approval is likely to lead to increased use of contraception, a practice that is directly contradictory to Catholic moral teaching.
Though more than 100 countries have approved over-the-counter birth control, according to the Free the Pill Coalition, Opill is the first oral contraceptive to receive FDA approval for use in the U.S. without a prescription. This means that Opill will be available to all ages, available at retail drug stores, without the consultation or guidance of a doctor.
Paragraph 2370 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church unequivocally condemns the use of contraceptives to prevent pregnancy as a grave moral evil. According to Church teaching, “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is “intrinsically evil.”
Opill is a single pill used daily to prevent pregnancy. It is produced by Perrigo, an American Irish-registered pharmaceutical company headquartered in Dublin.