THE decision to allow over the counter sales of the morning after pill at pharmacies from January 1 serves as a retrograde step in trying to promote responsible sexual behaviour.
The ready availability of the morning after pill will encourage many people to ignore the consequences of their actions and lead to a new wave of abortions.
It also places many pharmacists in a moral dilemma.
Catholic pharmacists have the opportunity to take a stand against drugs that promote the culture of death, by not selling the morning after pill.
They can be an important front-line defence of the culture of life, and where they choose to do so, they should be supported by all Catholics.