Waiting Period Defeated; Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception; Evolution Reinstated

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Thursday, February 15, 2001

According to the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League’s annual state-by-state survey, 43 antiabortion laws were implemented in 2000, surpassing the 27 abortion rights laws. Some of the new measures include waiting periods and the banning of some abortion procedures. Pro-abortion victories include the following. The Nebraska Supreme Court did not accept a ban of the partial birth procedure, while in Colorado an initiative was defeated that would require women to wait three days and read information about abortions risks Abortion supporters claim their biggest triumph was the approval of RU-486 by the FDA. Kate Michelman, President of The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) has stated that the pro-abortion movement faces more challenges in 2001 because of the election of President Bush.

Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception
Makers of two “morning-after pills” are planning to apply to the Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter availability of the pills. The emergency contraceptives prevent ovulation, fertilization or implantation of a fertilized egg. The FDA is pushing the over-the-counter policy even though most birth control pill makers do not want the pill to be used as emergency contraception. The makers of Preven and Plan B have come up with pills specifically for emergency contraception. The FDA has asked the distributors of Plan B to study women taking the emergency contraception to see if the contraception “serves as a bridge to or as a substitute for more effective regular contraceptive use such as condoms.”

Evolution Reinstated
Yesterday, the Kansas State School Board, voted 7-3 to reinstate evolution as the center of its science curriculum. In 1999, the board voted 6-4 to take evolution out of the science curriculum and in doing so drew national media attention. Many of the secular media thought the Kansas School Board was taking a step back with the removal of evolution. Board member Carol Rupe who voted in favor of evolution being reinstated said, “I believe now that we have science standards that the rest of the world could look to.” Another board member, Steve Abrams, who opposed evolution, said, “What I do espouse is that this is not good science.”

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