An embryo is constituted after fertilisation of the egg, and drugs and techniques that prevent its implantation in the uterine wall are morally illicit because they intend to cause an abortion – even if they don’t actually cause an abortion every time they are used.

Anyone who seeks to prevent the implantation of an embryo that may have been conceived, and who therefore requests or prescribes such a drug, generally intends abortion. The use of such anti-implantation methods falls within the sin of abortion and is gravely immoral; when there is certainty that an abortion has resulted, there also are serious canon law penalties.

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