Bishops attending the bi-annual conference for German Catholic Church clergy are expected to consider the approval of some forms of contraception, such as variations of the morning-after pill, which do not abort fertilized eggs but instead prevent their fertilization altogether.
Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, an ally of Pope Benedict, changed his policy after two Catholic hospitals in Cologne refused to treat a rape victim since they would not prescribe the morning-after pill. According to Cardinal Meisner's revised approach, contraceptives that prevent fertilization could be used in cases of rape.
Following the incident in Cologne, Cardinal Meisner apologized publicly, saying that what took place is shameful because it contradicts the Christian mission and purpose.
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