James Madison University: A Battle Over the Morning-After Pill

Who should say whether a contraceptive can be made available at a state school?

What kind of student is attracted to a feminist cause these days? Sometimes it's someone like Krissy Schnebel, 19, who has little interest in feminist politics.

The controversy surfaced this spring at James Madison University in Virginia's historic Shenandoah Valley when a state legislator became outraged that the school's health center was dispensing an emergency contraceptive known as the morning-after pill. Virginia state delegate Robert Marshall learned that the publicly funded university had prescribed the pill more than 2,000 times since 1995. The pill, which acts by delaying ovulation, preventing fertilization or inhibiting implantation, is in Marshall's view a form of...

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