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Pro-lifers must be pro-child

Nov. 18, 2005

by JOSH HORTON, editor in chief

The news is dominated most days by headlines about or relating to the top two political hot buttons: abortion and homosexuality. One headline stood out to me the other day.

A Congressional committee reported that the Food and Drug Administration rejected the morning-after pill as an over-the-counter drug before researchers had even finished determining whether it was safe. The FDA has turned down every request so far to make the pill an over-the-counter drug.

There's a solid reason behind people's objection to the morning-after pill. For those who believe life begins at conception -- the actual physical moment that the sperm meets the egg -- this is still murder.

But it's trickier than just abortion because the purpose of the morning-after pill isn't necessarily to abort a baby the woman already knows about. In that 72 hours after unprotected sex, a baby might be there or it might not.

The fact that the morning-after pill might end a life is a valid point. The problem is that banning it is just not practical.

Because really, who are we kidding? At no point in history have people buckled down and waited until marriage because of any law.

And besides, any sexually active woman in her 20s already knows how to double up on regular birth control pills for the same effect. This is simply one instance in which regulation is inefficient.

What the pro-life movement needs to focus no is being pro-child as well. Instead of telling women who consider abortions that they're killing babies and going to hell, maybe Christians should be talking about how much many women regret abortions later in life.

Maybe we should also show more support for health care and welfare programs for the children we're asking single mothers to carry to term.

Or maybe we should take in more of those children women can't take care of and give up for adoption.

If we ask women not to abort their babies, we have to offer help for what follows. If we don't, that's not just unfair, it's a little cruel.

A large part of Christianity is accepting the consequences of our actions. Unless we want to be branded as hypocrites, we have to accept the consequences of asking women to accept theirs.

Editor in chief Josh Horton is a senior journalism major from Lorena.