Tuesday, February 11, 2003

My friend Brendan forwarded me an email today about Bush's appointment of Hagar to the FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee. I found it very disturbing. Most people would consider me "pro-choice," and I could summarize my thoughts best by saying that no woman should ever have to make the decision to have an abortion. Emphasis on the preventative. That's right, birth control. Family planning. And, yeah, abstinence education, not as the only option, but as an option.

So I don't understand Bush's thinking behind this guy's appointment. If you read the article, it's obvious this "pro-lifer" extends his philosophy onto responsible family planning. He refused in the past to prescribe BCPs to unmarried women, and he endorsed a medically inaccurate claim that regular BCPs are abortifacients. Doesn't the Bush administration support family values? Don't these values begin when women and men are able to choose the most appropriate time to start a family-- when they are financially and emotionally able to support children?

My mother taught me that sex was a natural part of life, but if I chose to have sex I would have to accept the responsibilities and consequences of my decision. She taught my brother the same thing. I plan on passing these lessons on to my children as well. I just hope that by then my government still believes that its citizens are capable of making this decision on their own.

Oh, wait. That's right. It is my government. It's your government, too. Don't forget to email the president.

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