I’m boycotting Wal-Mart. Here’s why:
Preven is a new oral contraceptive that has been approved by the FDA. It is a “morning after pill”, meaning it will prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours after sex (although it is most effective if taken within the first 12 hours.)
Unlike RU-486 (the “abotion pill”), Preven does not enduce an abortion. Instead, it prevents the cell from ever attaching to the uterine wall. Most medical sources agree that a pregnancy begins when a zygote attaches to the uterine wall. Even the big right-to-life lobbying groups in Washigton define life this way.
However, lots of Christian groups don’t understand how Preven works, and have been opposing Preven in any way they can. Due to this pressure, Wal-Mart has decided to not stock Preven in any of its pharmacies. This is the first time Wal-Mart has ever singled out a drug this way.
In many rural communities, there are few pharmacies available. Wal-Mart, however, is just about everywhere. If Wal-Mart were to sell Preven, many women could get access during the narrow window of time when the drug is effective. Women who do not get this pill on time will be much more likely to have unwanted pregnancies or unnecessary abortions later.
I feel Wal-Mart has made a bad decision. It will deny women’s access to birth control, and it will increase the number of abortions. Because of this, I am boycotting Wal-Mart until the decision is reversed, and I urge any of you who feel the same to also shop elsewhere.
Thanks for listening,