The U.S. abortion rate could be cut in half if emergency contraception was available without a prescription, Sarah Johnston, an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, wrote last week in a commentary on our Opinion pages. But as she noted, the FDA went against the recommendations of its advisory committees and national medical associations, and put the decision on hold.
Johnston argued that Kansans who care about abortion should be outraged. But many pro-lifers oppose the contraception because they think it will encourage promiscuity and because they think it is a chemical abortion — even though a study by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm showed that Plan B prevents ovulation and doesn’t cause a fertilized egg to be expelled.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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