The Pill over the Counter and Birth Control Accessibility

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I am absolutely thrilled by the American College of OBGYNs' recent recommendation that the birth control pill be available over the counter. From the press release: Oral contraceptives (OCs) should be sold over the counter (OTC) in drugstores without a doctor’s prescription, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College). Easier access to OCs should help lower the nation’s high unintended pregnancy rate, a rate that has not changed over the past 20 years and c … [Read more...]

Answering and Asking Hard Questions about Abortion

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A month or so ago, conservative evangelical The Gospel Coalition featured a post called "10 Questions a Pro-Choice Candidate is Never Asked by the Media." Debate moderators and reporters love to ask pro-life candidates hard questions about abortion. Curiously, they don’t do the same for pro-choice candidates. I read through the ten questions listed, and I actually didn't find them that challenging. There's nothing there I haven't been over a million times, whether in my own mind or in d … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson: Obama’s Election Is God’s Judgment

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There have been a lot of different responses by conservatives to the results of the election nearly two weeks ago. Some have advocated for "doubling down," arguing that Republican candidates weren't conservative enough and didn't talk about issues like abortion and gay marriage enough while others have argued that conservatives in general, and the Christian Right in particular, need to change their tactics and recognize that changes in voter demographics are likely to … [Read more...]

Balancing Individualism and Societal Independence


Almost two weeks ago, I stayed up late to hear Obama's victory speech. I was tired and Bobby had just woken up so I didn't listen as well as I might have, but something right at the beginning made an impression on me. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward.It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the … [Read more...]

“Pro-Lifers” Play Fast and Loose with the “Life of the Mother” Exemption


This morning I wrote about Savita, a woman who died because she was denied the abortion that would have saved her life. Well, I just found this and now I'm even more outraged. AN INTERNATIONAL symposium on maternal healthcare in Dublin at the weekend has concluded that abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of a mother.Eamon O’Dwyer, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynaecology at NUI Galway and a conference organiser, said its outcome would provide “clarity and confi … [Read more...]

Savita Halappanavar: When “Pro-Life” Means Death


I am completely and totally appalled right now. “This is a Catholic country” was what Irish doctors told Savita Halappanavar after she learned she was miscarrying her pregnancy and asked for an abortion to avoid further complications. She spent three days in agonizing pain, eventually shaking, vomiting and passing out. She again asked for an abortion and was refused, because the fetus still had a heartbeat.Then she died.She died of septicaemia and E.Coli. She died after three and a half … [Read more...]

The Battle over Contraception in the Pro-Life Movement


In poking around the website of the National Association of Evangelicals looking for a statement of beliefs for another post, I stumbled upon a booklet and video they had posted regarding abortion. In addition to embracing waiting periods and parental consent laws, the video also embraces contraception as a means of reducing the number of abortions that take place, even if that means young unmarried evangelicals using contraception. I was momentarily taken completely aback, but then I remembered … [Read more...]