Pro-life Rivalry Erupts Over 'Morning After' Pill

July 7, 2008 - 7:03 PM

( - Abortion opponents may be cheering the recent defeat of a bill in the Virginia state Legislature that would have allowed the over-the-counter sale of the "morning after" pill. But the debate also produced an unusual split between two of the nation's biggest pro-life organizations.

The American Life League (ALL) attacked the Virginia affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee for refusing to take a position on the issue.

"The problem is that everybody knows that this combination of pills, otherwise known as morning after pills in fact works to abort children," said ALL President Judie Brown. "It seems appalling to us that ... the Virginia Society for Human Life has taken no position on something as clearly as abortifacient in nature as these pills are."

Brown believes the Virginia Society for Human Life revealed an inconsistency when it refused to attack the bill prior to its defeat.

"Their lack of a stance is a problem because if you are pro-life and you are against abortion, you can't take a no position, position, when it comes to abortion, even if you are aborting children as young as a day old," Brown said. "Abortion is abortion, is abortion, and you cannot selectively choose which abortion you are going to oppose."

Brown also dismissed any notion that her criticism of the Virginia Society for Human Life was an attempt to score points with conservative donors.

"This [effort] is counterproductive to fundraising because it is viewed as being divisive," Brown said. "The fact of the matter is we are not being divisive."

Brown said her motivation is clear.

"I'm not standing on my bank book, that's for sure," she said. "I must stand on principle. Personhood is personhood, whether you are a single-celled zygote or a 58-year-old woman like me."

The Virginia Society for Human Life offered no response to Brown's attack other than issuing the following statement:

"The Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL) is opposed to abortion, euthanasia and infanticide. VSHL takes no position on the prevention of fertilization, i.e. the union of the sperm and the egg cell. Once fertilization has occurred, a new human life has begun and VSHL is opposed to destroying human life."

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