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Letters to the editor

Nov. 29, 2005

Morning-after pill not safe

The writer of the column "Pro-lifers must be pro-child" should have done more research before printing this article about the morning-after pill.

The column recklessly suggests that a woman could simply "double up on regular birth control pills for the same effect," as one would get from taking the morning-after pill.

This statement is not only false, but completely disturbing to read in a college student newspaper.

The morning-after pill is not simply a double dose of birth control pills. It is closer to a couple of packs of birth control pills taken at one time.

The Food and Drug Administration is still doing research on the safety of the morning-after pill and for good reason. The side effects of the morning-after pill, he would have learned that a woman can experience extreme hot flashes, nausea, dizziness and high blood pressure for weeks after taking the pill. Yes, I said weeks, not hours or even days, but weeks. There is also a high risk of stroke.

Contrary to what many people want to believe, this is not simply a matter of pro-life and pro-choice. It is about the safety of women, first and foremost.

I applaud the FDA for taking its time and making sure any medication is safe and effective before it is just handed out over-the-counter at a local pharmacy.

I agree with the writer that we all need to be more supportive of programs that will help women and children.

Christians should also take the responsibility to educate women on all the issues, as well as show grace to those who ask for help.

The last thing young women need to read is an article that will misinform them.

Jennifer Keener
Moody Library staff

Act would aid student parents

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Act of 2005 would be a great help to many women and their families in the Waco area.

My husband and I both attended Baylor from 1999 to 2003. Our son was born in 2000, and we pushed ourselves to finish school and make a good life for our family.

It was difficult, to say the least. We could not afford the Piper Child Development Center close to campus, so we were forced to choose a daycare much farther away.

For the most part, our professors were understanding, but it would have been nice to have a support system on campus. We made it, and now my husband is earning his Ph.D. and I plan to attend medical school in the future.

As for the need at Baylor, I knew plenty of students who had families and would have liked some acknowledgement and help from Baylor.

A program for parenting students would be helpful for current students and it would encourage others in the area to educate themselves and find a better life.

Tracy Johnson
Forensic Science 2002