Student Against Morning After Pill

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

You've seen the stories about the JMU students and the morning after pill. But, what about the other side of the argument? We found out their side might be just as strong.

You might think all students at JMU are angry about the actions of the JMU board of visitors. Well, think again.

"I completely agree with what the board of visitors did," says Matt Gray, speaker of the JMU Student Senate. "I think it was a common sense decision that was long overdue. I don't why it took eight years for someone on the board of visitors to realize what was taking place."

The argument the board should have consulted the students doesn't work for him either.

Gray says a common misconception among students he talked to was they couldn't get the pill anymore. He points out they can still get a prescription for the drug at the health center, but they'll have to fill it somewhere else.

"Is the state of Virginia and James Madison University gonna be in the business of providing abortions to students?" asks Gray. "I don't think they should."

The abortion issue is still in question, but protestors argue the pills are needed for rape victims on campus. From 1999 to 2001, there was an average of 8 reported rapes at JMU.

Fewer than half of rapes are reported, but over that time an average of 430 morning after pills were handed out. And that's why some of the more religious or conservative groups on campus have a problem.

"I guess the misconception would be that there are few of us," says Gray. "There are a lot of students on campus who fall under the position that this service should not be provided."

Gray says he knows a lot of people that support the board's decision. But in situations like these, it's the people who are loudest that are heard most often.

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