Over-the-Counter Abortion Kits Decried

Pro-life advocates have decried a new American Medical Association report supportive of easier access to drug kits that can cause early abortions. The AMA's House of Delegates approved a recommendation Dec. 5 requesting the Food and Drug Administration to consider making "emergency contraception" available over the counter. Such drugs, also known as morning-after pills and consisting of high doses of birth-control pills, are available now by prescription.

While the pills are designed to prevent ovulation, thereby prohibiting fertilization, they also harden the lining of the uterus. If ovulation occurs, this can block implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterine lining.

"Protectable human life begins at conception not implantation," said Ben Mitchell, consultant for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "So, even if the morning-after pill only prevents the implantation of an embryo, it still kills the embryo by expelling him or her from the womb. The AMA "has given its blessing to killing," added Bill Smith, dean of St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y.