I wish I were a better detective.
Tuesday, I had to spend a couple of hours in the Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, so I did something I don’t usually do: I read a real, dead-tree newspaper. The NYT flashed an above-the-fold front page article and an editorial on FDA regulation of a single brand name drug: Plan B. The front page article was similar to this one.
I’m sure that a lot of people appreciated education on the scientific facts (as far as we know them). I know that some have been happy about the education of women concerning the product. However I am sure that Barr Laboratories, abortionists and all sorts of sex abusers are even more grateful.
The simple fact is that facts don’t tell us what the right thing to do is. We look at the facts and draw conclusions based on ethics, community standards, and sometimes gut feelings.
Wouldn’t you think that the “Newspaper of Record” could look into something besides raw politics: men buy the drug where it’s OTC. And the pregnancy rates and abortion rates don’t go down in those areas.