Lima, Peru, Mar 25, 2004 / 22:00 pm
The president of the Peruvian Bishops Conference, Bishop Hugo Hugo Garaycoa Hawkins said the abortifacient contraceptive, known as the “morning after pill,” which is the focus of a legal debate in the country, should not be approved because it is unconstitutional.
During the celebration of the Day of the Unborn Child, Bishop Garaycoa said the government “would fall into a serious error if it promotes the spread of the contraceptive drug known as the ‘morning after pill,’ because since it causes the death of a fertilized ovum it is unconstitutional.”
Bishop Garaycoa said that the Peruvian Constitution defends life from the moment of conception and that the “morning after pill” attacks it by preventing the implantation of the embryo in the uterus.
Bishop Garaycoa made his statements during a press conference for the “Day of the Unborn Child,” which was instituted by the Bishops of Peru in 2001.