Clinic closing good
In one respect, Patrick Lowry was correct in his editorial. The Hays Planned Parenthood clinic did not provide surgical abortions. However, it might have provided chemical abortions.
As Lowry discussed, the clinic did provide emergency contraception. This is otherwise known as "Plan B" and "morning after pill." This drug prevents pregnancy in two ways. First, it can prevent ovulation (release of a woman's egg). However, the drug also works in a second way. When a women becomes pregnant, her uterus wall begins to line for the embryo to implant. The drug will alter this lining so it will not be nearly as easy to implant into the uterus. When this occurs, the embryo will die and be removed from the woman via her next menses.
Whether one likes to admit it or not, this is an abortion. Therefore, the Hays clinic being closed does prevent possible abortions from taking place.
In regards to the concerns Lowry wrote about sexually transmitted diseases, an increase of abortions, etc.: The Catholic Church responds to such concerns with a call to chastity. Chastity is the virtue to using one's sexuality with moderation. If chastity was the norm in our culture, STD's, abortion and contraception would not be such a scourge in our culture. "Safe sex" never has reduced STD's or abortions. Self-control and using one's sexuality in a mature, proper manner will reduce the plague of STD's and abortion.
We are happy the clinic has closed for the above reasons. Not only that, the clinic no longer will be able to refer people for abortions. In this way, Hays and Ellis County will be more pro-life and be more blessed because of it.
Lowry, the pro-life movement does not wish to punish anybody, but to bring all people to respect life from conception to natural death. We hope you and all those involved in Planned Parenthood will join us one day.
Eric and Jaclyn Brown,
Respect Life coordinators for the Catholic Diocese of Salina