Faith at Altitude

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Hammering Plan B

The Federal Drug Administration approved the "Plan B" emergency contraceptive for over-the-counter sales yesterday, and the reaction of prominent local abortion opponents was -- well, predictable.

Carrie Gordon Earll, senior bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family, believes the decision could have big consequences for girls under age 18 -- even though it's still illegal for those girls to buy the so-called morning-after pill.

"There are no safeguards, legal or otherwise to prevent this powerful drug from falling into the hands of teen girls -- or, worse, into the hands of men bent on sexually exploiting teen girls by flashing a magic pill as a promise they won't have to worry about getting pregnant," Gordon Earll said in a recent press release.

The Rev. Bill Carmody, head of the Respect Life office for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs, told the Colorado Catholic Herald (the diocesan newspaper) that he was "saddened and disappointed."


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