Xtreme Promiscuity and Plan B Blogger Muckraking

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The FDA has been hemorrhaging credibility ever since over-the-counter emergency contraception became a moral rather than medical dilemma. (Yesterday, Reason's Ron Bailey hipped us to the best FDA excuse yet for keeping the drug difficult to obtain: "extreme promiscuity," which sounds promising as a potential X game, less so as a reason to keep contraception Rx only.) Diligent Medblogger Ema at Well-Timed Period has found that the National Institutes of Health is also dealing in bad information over the pill, positing severe risks where none exist. It's entirely possible that the NIH and its content provider have accidentally posted a misreading of a legitimate study. But it's probably unwise to take seriously any federal health authority while the FDA is talking about teenage sex cults.

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  1. 1. I still want to know if the FDA would be as concerned about teen-age sex clubs as they are about sex cults. Does the religious aspect make things worse?

    2. The dangers of the Pill are hogwash. I had endometriosis as a teenager and the Pill is the only reason I was able to have children. To have the government spread the tripe cited in the article is thoroughly offensive.

    3. Isn’t it possible to say that we think it’s a bad idea for young teens to sleep around without manufacturing bogus medical concerns about contraception? If I were 13, I’d believe someone who told me I was just flat too young for sex but that one day I’d grow up, and admit that this was an opinion, much more than someone who tried to pass off bogus medical information which I could expose with a quick pass at Google.

  2. Oh, for clarity’s sake, the posted link is about bad NIH information on Plan B, while I took ordinary birth control pills. The only difference is that what I took had a lower dose.

  3. I can’t figure out how Kerry’s thread heading relates to 70s science fiction.

  4. Pro L: I don’t think it does. H & R loses huge points for breaking a great string, especially since they worked so hard to get the “Logan’s Run” reference.

  5. bait and switch.

    I was looking forward to some rant by a bushie bureaucrat about armageddon-promoting satanic teenage sex-cult witches covens, and got bupkis.

    Now I have to find soemwhere else to go on vacation…

  6. I once dated a chick whose ex-husband wouldn’t let her go on the pill because it would be too easy for her to cheat on him. Guess what? She cheated on him anyway. Don’t ask how I know that.

  7. “extreme promiscuity,” which sounds promising as a potential X game

    That would give me a reason to watch cable sports…

    More seriously, any person that attempts to impose a private morality on others by limiting access to potentially lifesaving medical technology should have thier civil rights violated early and often.

  8. Karen, and I was so hoping to get to a gratuitous Omega Man reference.

  9. Plan B from Outer Space?

    Just a thought.

  10. “…teenage sex cults.”

    Do they mean fraternities?
    /sarcasm

  11. “Do they mean fraternities?”

    Nope, laccrosse teams.

  12. The dumbest part of the FDA position is that the morning after pill will have absolutely no effect on teenage promiscuity.

    The 10% of active teen girls who think as far as the “morning after” will have condoms or be on standard birth control. Or both.

    The other 90% won’t admit they’re worried until they miss their second period, by which time access to RU will be moot.

  13. Great article, that was interesting

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