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Emergency Contraception Forum


There's a forum on emergency contraception this evening from 6 to 7:30 in the Plaster Student Union at SMS. KSMU's Missy Shelton has more on the event and the debate over emergency contraception.

TONIGHT, SIX PANELISTS WILL DISCUSS EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION'A COALITION THAT INCLUDES PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI ORGANIZED THE FORUM.

JENNY ESQUIVEL IS THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD'

SHE EXPLAINS WHAT EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION IS AND WHY A WOMAN MIGHT WANT IT.

THERE ARE SOME RECOGNIZABLE NAMES ON TONIGHT'S PANEL'INCLUDING ONE OF MISSOURI'S FORMER LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS.

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD WILL ALSO BE ON THE PANEL.

TONIGHT'S PANELISTS LIKELY WILL DISCUSS THE AVAILABILITY OF EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION AND WHY THEY BELIEVE IT'S BENEFICIAL TO WOMEN'BUT THERE ARE SOME GROUPS THAT OPPOSE THE USE OF CERTAIN DRUGS TO PREVENT PREGNANCIES.

LARRY WEBER IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MISSOURI CATHOLIC CONFERENCE.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OFFICIALS SAY EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION IS NOT THE SAME AS AN ABORTION.

AGAIN, JENNY ESQUIVEL.

MANY ADVOCATES FOR RAPE VICTIMS SAY EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION PREVENTS THE RAPE FROM RESULTING IN A PREGNANCY.

BUT LARRY WEBER SAYS EVEN IN CASES OF RAPE, HE DOES NOT BELIEVE EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION IS APPROPRIATE.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT ANTI-ABORTION GROUPS ARE SOMEWHAT DIVIDED ON EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION'WEBER SAYS SOME GROUPS MAY SAY IT'S OK FOR A WOMAN TO TAKE A PILL THAT STRICTLY PREVENTS OVULATION'BUT HE SAYS THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OPPOSES ALL EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION.

THIS EVENING'S PANEL IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC'JENNY ESQUIVEL SAYS THE SPRINGFIELD COMMUNITY NEEDS A PLACE TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION.

THE PANEL IS THIS EVENING 6 TO 7:30 AT PLASTER STUDENT UNION ON THE S-M-S CAMPUS. AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE INFORMATION ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISSUE FROM LARRY WEBER AND THE MISSOURI CATHOLIC CONFERENCE, CALL 573-635-7239.

I'M MISSY SHELTON FOR KSMU NEWS.