Robert Marshall Revealed

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

You might not recognize the name, but you'll recognize the controversy Robert Marshall's involved with at JMU. We traveled to Manassas to talk to the state delegate about the morning after pill and more.

It all started with a letter. Marshall had gotten a call from a friend in Harrisonburg alerting him to the use of the morning after pill at JMU. Marshall then wrote to President Linwood Rose.

"When President Rose wrote me back, his response was a little flip," said Marshall, the Delegate from the 13th District. "He said 'oh no, this is a contraceptive and besides nine of the schools are doing it' well that put the bug in my ear. 'Thank you Dr. Rose, I didn't know that,' so I started writing all the other schools."

And those letters sparked controversy across the nation. While Marshall doesn't have any kids that go to JMU, he has constituents that do.

"I have many parents in Loudon and Prince William whom I represent who have their sons and daughters at JMU and they're very concerned about the direction of the school, or I should say the lack of direction," says Marshall.

Marshall says schools like JMU are the root of the problem.

"A university would suggest that there is something that unifies, that pulls everything together; this is like a chaos-versity," says Marshall. "I don't understand what is guiding this university."

Marshall says this is a public policy issue, and he doesn't think it's good policy, especially by Rose.

"I want to know what educational function that this serves," says Marshall. "And I don't think that it serves any, and if he can't get that place under control I think he should resign, frankly."

Delegate Marshall says that this is only the tip of the iceberg for this controversy. He is still waiting to hear back from the other eight schools that use the morning after pill.

"This is going to cause a much wider examination of universities in the Commonwealth in the next session of the general assembly," warns Marshall.

Marshall says the state shouldn't be involved in delivering the pills. He says students who use them never have a plan A, just a plan B.

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