That is up there with the stupidest things I've ever heard. Via.
That is up there with the stupidest things I've ever heard. Via.
Another Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
Bravo to Meg Waite Clayton's articulate Op-Ed regarding society's double standard for male and female sexuality, and the Obama administration's consequent restriction of access to emergency contraception. As an adolescent medicine specialist, I have seen the punishing results of stigmatizing girls' sexual expression firsthand, having cared for 12- and 13-year-old mothers. Conversely, I have seen many patients who greatly benefited from using Plan B, the so-called morning-after pill.
President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' efforts to bar easy access to an extremely safe, effective medication with negligible side effects (much safer than, say, a bottle of Tylenol) reflects society's mistrustful, punitive attitude toward young women and its shameful disregard for scientific expertise.
Putting our collective heads in the sand will not stop young people from having sex. But nurturing and supporting their resourcefulness, resiliency and proactiveness can prevent a life-altering, unplanned event. Plan B should be available without restriction to all youths, regardless of gender or age.
The writer, a medical doctor, is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC.
Clayton asks, "Is there a word for a promiscuous boy that compares with 'slut'?"
There is such a word, one that's widely considered to be the masculine complement to the designation "slut." It's also a monosyllable, and it has three of the four letters that appear in "slut." Alas, that word is "stud."
As long as the boys themselves, men in general and, indeed, many of the girls who sleep with these guys think along these lines, the double standard that Clayton laments will continue to reign supreme.
Tell ya what Neeners, you go first and throw a party to "celebrate" your 13 y/o's forced birth event and just drop us a note about what a festive time it was. We'll wait. Via.
Gee, whatever would cause this to happen? Via U.S. News and World Report:
The teenage birth rate declined 9 percent between 2009 and 2010, hitting an all-time low, according to new data released by the National Center for Health Statistics.
Here's a hint: It's something conservatives don't want women to have access to:
Fewer babies were born to teenagers in 2010 than in any year since the peak of World War II. Laura Lindberg, of the Guttmacher Institute, which studies reproductive health, says better sex education and more widespread contraceptive use have contributed to the decline.
So it's not only a War on Women, it's a War on Successful Birth Control. And Education. And Privacy.
It's about control.
As it turns out, the southern states have way higher numbers of teen pregnancies and births than New England does. What?
Why, those New England elitist snobs!
The birth rate is higher in typically more socially conservative states where it may be harder to obtain hormonal birth control, but Linberg says economics and educational attainment plays a role in those states as well.
That would be the same kind of hormonal birth control that the GOP is trying their darndest to ban. Because, see, while most of us would like to move forward in time, conservatives go all giddy at the thought of going sdrawkcab.
Of course, facts and statistics like these don't matter to them, but allowing their version of government to intrude on the rights of others, does. Welcome to
NARAL's statement is here. I got this one via email (bolding mine):
Obama Administration Overrules FDA Approval of Plan B One-Step
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2011
Obama Administration Overrules FDA Approval of Plan B One-Step for Over-the-Counter Sale for Women of All Ages
NARAL Pro-Choice New York Calls Decision “Deeply Disappointing Betrayal”
NEW YORK—Today the FDA announced the Secretary of Health and Human Services – for the first time ever – has invoked her authority to overrule the agency’s decision to approve the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B One-Step for full over-the-counter sale, which would have removed what was widely recognized to be a politically motivated age restriction on its access. This is the first time in history the Health Secretary has ever used this power to overrule an FDA decision. Had the FDA decision gone into effect, women of all ages would have been able to purchase this back-up birth control method without a prescription and without delays at the pharmacy counter.
“This is a deeply disappointing betrayal from an Administration that had pledged to promote the health and well-being of women and families and be guided by science and medicine,” said Andrea Miller, President of NARAL Pro-Choice New York. “The evidence is clear, the FDA has done more than its due diligence, and women across the nation deserve ready access to a safe, effective second chance to prevent an unintended pregnancy. The decision to overrule the FDA is reminiscent of a troubling era, when the Bush Administration routinely allowed politics to trump science, especially in its interference with the FDA’s deliberations over this product.”
The FDA first approved Plan B as a prescription product in 1999. Seven years later, in 2006, the FDA approved over-the-counter access to Plan BÒ for those eighteen and older – an age restriction later deemed by the Government Accountability Office and federal courts to be politically, not scientifically, motivated. In response, the age restriction on the over-the-counter product was lowered to seventeen the following year.
Because of the resulting “dual-label” status, emergency contraception has been stocked behind the pharmacy counter, creating significant hurdles for anyone needing timely access. Even women seventeen and older, who were eligible for over-the-counter access, have had to produce a government-issued ID to prove their age before buying the product. Having Plan B One-Step available on the pharmacy shelves would have finally removed those barriers.
Long-standing scientific and medical evidence has shown that emergency contraception is safe and effective for women of all ages, including teens. “It’s not easy to think about teens having sex, but if they are, it’s our responsibility to ensure they have timely access to all their options to reduce the chance of an unintended pregnancy,” Miller said. “Especially here in New York City, where some neighborhoods have teen pregnancy rates that are among the highest in the nation, we should be working together to ensure that young women have the knowledge and ability to prevent an unintended pregnancy – including after sex.”
NARAL Pro-Choice New York
Think Progress does it again. They have a snazzy new report about Bristol Palin, she of the Palin "family values" clan/teen sex expert who was paid a whopping $262,500 by a teen pregnancy prevention nonprofit. They plunked down all that money for Bristol, and her big fat check turned out to be more than seven times what the group paid to teen pregnancy prevention groups.
Seems they kind of missed the point of their own campaign.
The group also spent thousands and thousands on advertising, which includes the video above. Common sense and money management aren't their strong suits, apparently. Nor are priorities (see TP piece).
Still, we wouldn't want poor Bristol to go hungry like so, so many other Americans, now would we? She needs her mad money, after all.
Sigh. Whatever the Palins touch turns to epic wrongitude.
Seriously, this just about gave me a sugar high it's so... smart and based in (gasp) reality..
The Obama administration announced last week a major step in its effort to marshal the forces of the federal government to prevent teen pregnancies — and gave sex-education programs their biggest funding boost in 14 years.
The Department of Health and Human Services said it was making available some $155 million in teen-pregnancy prevention grants, even as some abstinence-centered programs were seeing their grant money drying up.
The grant decisions represent a sea change in policy for the U.S. government, with the Obama administration steering grantees toward a list of "proven" sex-education programs that must be also medically accurate and age-appropriate.
The move pleases many in the teen-pregnancy prevention field.
The new funding "marks a key milestone in the administration's ongoing overhaul of U.S. teen pregnancy prevention efforts," said the Guttmacher Institute.
With the decline in teen pregnancy rates at a virtual standstill, this "investment of federal funds could not be more timely," said Sarah Brown, chief executive of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
But Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA), noted that when the 102 new HHS grantees were being announced last week, some 169 abstinence programs were losing their funding as the Community-Based Abstinence Education grant program expired.
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