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ASMSU delays vote for RU-486 at Olin

February 19, 2001

ASMSU’s Student Assembly has postponed its consideration of the measure that calls for the drug RU-486 to be available to students through Olin Health Center.

Because of the requested delay, the assembly plans to vote on the bill during its meeting Thursday.

“This is such an important issue that we are discussing, that we need representatives here to give a medical perspective,” said Melanie Olmsted, the Women’s Council representative for the assembly, said during the meeting. “We don’t want to jump into this and make a hasty decision.”

Olmsted and fellow ASMSU representative Mike Ehlers moved to postpone the measure so they could invite delegates from the health center and Planned Parenthood to better inform ASMSU representatives on RU-486, commonly known as the abortion pill.

Ehlers, the assembly’s College of Social Science representative, spoke with Olin Health Center executive director Glynda Moorer last week and said that she intends on addressing the university’s undergraduate student government on the issue.

“She was interested in coming in and giving a presentation on RU-486 and why Olin cannot provide it at this time,” Ehlers said. “She wanted to make it clear that Olin doesn’t want to impend on the rights of students.”

Ehlers and Olmsted proposed the bill in response to the health center’s statement that it does not have the resources to distribute RU-486, also known as mifepristone, to MSU students.

Although the bill was postponed, the matter did not go without heavy discussion. Representatives and members of student groups, MSU Students for Life and Voices for Choices, provided extensive commentary on the bill during the meeting.


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