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The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 21, Issue 4, Winter 2021

Jenny Ingles
Pages 561-569

Long-Term Contraceptive Use in Cases of Repeated Marital Rape

Directive 36 of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services gives guidance to health care professionals on the reactive administration of contraceptives to women in instances of isolated rape. This paper examines the moral permissibility of long-term proactive contraceptive use in instances of repeated marital rape by comparing it to the moral permissibility of reactive contraceptive use in cases of isolated rape found in directive 36.