< link rel="DCTERMS.isreplacedby" href="http://pointprogression.powerblogs.com" /> < link rel="DCTERMS.isreplacedby" href="http://pointprogression.powerblogs.com" /> Point Progression: Extremism, but by who?

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Extremism, but by who?

"James Trussell, a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University, has estimated that, if emergency contraceptives were widely available in this country, they could reduce the approximately 1.3 million abortions that take place yearly in this country by half. If a culture of life is so sacrosanct, shouldn't that trump the issue of premarital sex?"

"According to Trussell, who studied statistics from 1998, about 22,000 of the 25,000 women who became pregnant from rape could have prevented pregnancy with emergency contraception."
Consider those two statements for a second. Ok, done? Then maybe you can tell me why it is people in favor of making Plan B a behind-the-counter medicine to women over 16 are considered the extremists.

According to The New Republic Online "the FDA's own scientific advisory panel endorsed the application by a vote of 23 to four", but opponents have still managed to block this measure so far. I'm at a loss, or is the pro-life movement’s stance on when life begins and the immorality of premarital sex so strong that they would block efforts that would, in the end, greatly help their cause. Reducing unwanted pregnancies in half and nearly eliminating rape-causal pregnancy sure seems to be worth some compromise, but then I guess I'm naive.

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