Board Will Revisit Pill Ban

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

The Board of Directors of James Madison University has agreed to revisit its decision to ban the morning-after birth control pill from campus.

"Five of the 15 members are new members, and this would give them time to review the background on the issue, and to make a decision if the issue is to be reconsidered," JMU communications director Fred Hilton said Friday. "So in essence, the issue will come back up again in January."

Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill, had been available to students since 1995. But in April, the board stopped distribution, saying it was a form of abortion.

That decision didn't sit well with some students. In fact, a student petition collected close to 3,000 signatures. That's why Friday's decision to revisit the issue is seen as a step in the right direction.

"I'm pleased that the student voice won't go unanswered, and there will be an answer to their voice come January," said Levar Stoney, president of the JMU Student Government Association.

"That's all I wanted, and hopefully I get a positive answer out of that come January."

The board also passed a motion on Friday requiring any member who wants to bring an issue forward to notify their fellow board members in writing at least ten days in advance.

Hilton couldn't say if that was in response to the board's seemingly hast decision in April to ban the pill, with little discussion beforehand.


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