A student newspaper article explaining how the morning after pill is drawing fire from at least one parent.
Cindy Marshall says she was shocked when her daughter brought the article home from Wasson High School.
In the article, the author offers an explanation of how the morning after pill works, and describes some of the side affects. The article (seen below in its entirety,) also notes opposition to the drug from pro-life groups.
Marshall believes the school should have censored the article, and calls it an "endorsement" for the drug.
District 11 officials say the article was looked at by an advisor, but they typically do not censor material unless it is hateful in nature, or promotes an illegal act.
The following article is reprinted with permission of District 11.
From the Wasson High School Newspaper:
MORNING AFTER PILL TAKES HEAT
A recent controversy is that of the so called, Morning After Pill. The morning after pill is a high dosage of birth control that is intended to prevent pregnancy and/or end a pregnancy directly after conception.
The pill is to be taken after intercourse during a 72-hour period.
According to www.themorningafterpill.org , there are three ways in which the pill works. One way is for the menstrual cycle to be inhibited, meaning the egg is not released. Another way is for the normal menstrual cycle to be altered, delaying ovulation. Lastly, the pill can irritate the lining of the uterus so that if the first and second actions fail, and the woman does become pregnant, the human being created will die before he or she can actually attach to the lining of the uterus.
Although the Food and Drug Association approved the drug, there are some side effects. Women who have taken this drug have experienced: nausea, vomiting, infertility, breast tenderness, ectopic pregnancy (which can be life threatening), and blood clot formation.
The pill is also only effective for aborting pregnancy and preventing it. It will not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
The Morning After Pill has not been extensively studied, so scientists are unclear as to the long term effects on a woman who takes this form of birth control.
Pro-life supporters are attacking the pill, saying it ends human life and is abortion without surgically removing the embryo. Among these supporters many church groups who believe life begins when the sperm meets the egg.
The pill costs between $8 and $35 and most health insurance plans cover the cost of the drug.