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    The “Morning After” Pill: Another Republican Sponsored Disaster!

    Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2004

    With the anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion on demand just two days away, it is important for the American people to realize that Republicans, even more than Democrats, are responsible for the killing of innocents in the womb. Furthermore, President Bush's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to put the "morning after" pill on grocery store shelves next to aspirin. Such a move would result in the deaths of even more unborn babies.

    While conservatives like to condemn Democrats for their pro- abortion position (justifiably so), they seldom hold Republicans to the same standard. It seems that most conservatives only object if Democrats kill babies. Republicans, however, are able to kill babies with impunity.

    For example, the court that decided the Roe case back in 1973 was dominated by Republican appointees by 6-3. Yes, Martha, it was a Republican court that legalized abortion on demand which has resulted in the deaths of more than 40 million unborn babies. And, there is no end in sight.

    Furthermore, Republican courts have repeatedly upheld Roe v Wade and have worked to permanently ensconce abortion on demand as a constitutionally protected "right" in this country. Beyond that, a Republican Congress has done absolutely nothing to overturn Roe, even though Article III, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution clearly gives it the authority to except and/or regulate the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

    In other words, Congress has the power to overturn Roe v Wade and put an end to legal abortion in this country any time it wants to. That professing pro-life Republicans have dominated Congress (to one degree or another) for some two decades now, but have done positively nothing to end abortion on demand means that the pro-life rhetoric of the Republican Party is only that: rhetoric. But the story only gets worse.

    The FDA is currently proposing to make the "morning after" pill available without a prescription. Sometimes called "Plan B," this pregnancy-terminating pill would be placed on drug and grocery store shelves somewhere near aspirin and cold medication, making it accessible to everyone, including teenagers.

    The "morning after" pill is called "Preven," and according to the manufacturer, has the potential to produce serious side effects including blood clotting, chest pain, coughing of blood, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, vomiting, dizziness, disturbance of vision or speech, etc. Can you imagine any other medication with such risks being approved for over-the-counter sales?

    However, the worst part of Preven is that it terminates an early pregnancy. By preventing the fertilized egg from attaching itself to the wall of the fallopian tube, Preven aborts a newly conceived baby.

    If the Bush administration allows Preven to be purchased without a prescription, can you imagine the numbers of babies that will be aborted? The numbers would be incalculable!

    Furthermore, just as the federal government's promotion of "Plan A" (condoms) has resulted in a substantial rise in promiscuity and venereal disease so will its promotion of "Plan B" (the "morning after" pill.) Without understanding its intrinsic risks and even how it actually works, women (and girls) will attempt to use the "morning after" pill as simple contraception. The results will be devastating.

    Many women who are medically at risk for taking the drug will experience numerous serious side effects. Many will become murderers by deliberately inducing the deaths of their own babies. Others will take the pill too late and will then opt to get a late term abortion. All in all, the "morning after" pill seems destined to be the latest Republican sponsored disaster!

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