A Deepening of America's Moral Crisis

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The trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell brought the horror of abortion to the public eye for the first time. Long thought of in the abstract, Gosnell's victims – both mothers and babies – suffered unspeakable cruelty in what could only be described as a series of vicious acts.

These acts cannot be considered in isolation. Americans understand now more than ever that Gosnell is a symptom of a culture that has embraced the violence of abortion in order to proceed with a narrow, ideologically-driven policy that profits on vulnerable women.

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The new regulations for over the counter emergency contraception allow someone's daughter as young as 15 years old to make a life-changing and soul-wrenching decision independent of her mother or father's knowledge. It's a hook masked as choice but designed to victimize women and perpetuate the culture of violence that surrounds the abortion industry.

As a mother, I am horrified that our government would interpose itself between parents and children in such a way.

If a 15-year-old girl can make such a life-changing decision without her parents even knowing about it, what else are we setting ourselves up for? It is not a stretch to have that same 15-year-old girl dragged into a pharmacy with some 37-year-old rapist looking to cover up his crimes. Yes, sex with a 15-year-old girl is rape. By unintentionally forcing abortions on rape victims, we only deepen the moral crisis about the dignity of human life.

Rather than cheapening birth control and contraceptives in the wake of the Gosnell trial, we should be having a national conversation about how we value human life. Putting 15-year-old girls in the crosshairs and increasing their likelihood to be victimized isn't good policy.

About Andrea S. Lafferty President of Traditional Values Coalition

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Access to Health Care and Birth Control Is a Civil Right

Yes – Access to Health Care and Birth Control Is a Civil Right

Terry O'Neill President of the National Organization for Women

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All Women Should Have Quick, Confidential Access to Emergency Contraception

Yes – All Women Should Have Quick, Confidential Access to Emergency Contraception

Deborah Nucatola Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood Federation of America

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Yes – It's Time to Eliminate Barriers to Safe Pregnancy Prevention

Jessica Arons Director of the Women's Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress

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Yes – This Is About Health, Not Politics

Susannah Baruch Interim President and CEO of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project

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