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literature not focused on rape

This letter is in response to Anne Conron's correspondence ["Pro-Life literature mistakenly trivializes rape," Oct. 3]. The information Pro-Life posted in the Infinite Corridor was not meant as a "helpful suggestion." Neither was it intended to trivialize rape, or even address the seriousness of rape for that matter. Its purpose was to illustrate that abortions due to rape are, in fact, very rare -- one percent. Rape is a serious crime that victimizes men and women, young and old. However, if our bulletin board were to focus extensively on every aspect of sexuality, we would have to post more information than anyone could possibly read. The material which was posted was only part of a larger flyer. If anyone is interested in reading the entire thing, a copy can be obtained at our weekly information booth. Our apologies if the material offended.

Another matter which needs clarification is the apparent lack of understanding regarding the difference between the "morning-after medication" and RU-486, also known as "the abortion pill." Morning-after medication, administered within hours after rape, acts as a contraceptive, preventing pregnancy. RU-486, however, is a drug which is administered after the woman is already confirmed as pregnant, up until the sixth week of pregnancy. It kills the developing human, inducing abortion. Morning-after mediation is contraception; RU-486 is abortion.

Monnica Williams '91->

MIT Pro-Life->