Del. Marshall Wants Birth Control Debate

Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), who recently pressured JMU to stop providing emergency contraceptives, has set his sights on UVa. Marshall intends to make all state schools stop providing the contraceptives, because Marshall does not accept the scientific premise that pregnancy occurs when a blastocyst implants in the wall of the uterus (about 12 days after the egg is fertilized), but believes that it occurs at the time that an egg is fertilized. He contends that making this contraceptive available encourages sex among students, which he believes is bad. UVa has refused to stop providing the pills, and so Marshall is asking that Larry Sabato set up a debate on the topic. 262 UVa students received the pills in question last year. Kate Andrews has the story in today’s Progress.

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