Monday, January 31, 2005


I know college newspapers are known for their liberal content, mainly because of the sheer number of events on campus at that end of the political spectrum. But, the Wildcat's article on women's reproductive rights kinda got to me.

Dumka said some states require a 24- to 48-hour window between the initial appointment and when the abortion occurs. During this time period, the woman is read speeches and other testimonials about the risks of an abortion, many times swaying their decision and causing the woman to give birth to a baby she does not want to have.

"It's difficult for women to have abortions with this kind of propaganda," Dumka said.

If by propaganda, you mean medical research, then yes they are being given propaganda. These speeches and testimonials come from research and case studies showing adverse emotional, psychological, and physical affects of having an abortion. The more information given these women the easier it will be for them to make an informed decision.

Sarah said some pharmacists keep the contraceptive drugs behind the counter now instead of being readily available over the counter for young women.

"We're not being given a choice," Sarah said. "What they're saying is to essentially practice abstinence. We need to do everything we can to let these products stay on the market."

Could it be that these drugs are being held behind the counter because they could pose some kind of medical risk to the taker? Even so, you have the choice to get to these drugs. You can easily get to these drugs by asking the pharmacist or going to visit your doctor.

I could respond to more, but I don't know it's worth the effort. The article is written as more of a report than an opinion, so I can't really be upset at the writer. More than anything I'm shocked at the lack of understanding. What can you do?


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