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Parachutes, Abstinence, Randomized Controlled Studies

There have never been any controlled randomized trials on “Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge,” according to this review published in the British Medical Journal in December 2003. And yet, in the nearly 3 years since it was documented in a prestigious peer-reviewed journal that the evidence supporting the … Continue reading

Saletan on Prolife Contraception (Almost)

William Saletan has a basic problem when he begins to discuss prolife vs. abortion: while he’s not pro-abortion, he’s not anti-abortion, either. I’m glad that he’s trying and take it as a major victory that Democrats and pro-choicers will even discuss limiting abortion in the public square at all. I’m afraid that it’s difficult for … Continue reading

Review: Plan B, How It Works and Doesn’t Work

I’m convinced that Plan B does not block implantation. Because I keep getting emails, hearing radio personalities and reading posts on various forums claiming that Plan B is an abortifacient, here’s a review of information on the medical effects of the pills and on the other effects and lack of effects. The overwhelming evidence – … Continue reading

Review: Plan B, How It Works and Doesn’t Work

I’m convinced that Plan B does not block implantation. Because I keep getting emails, hearing radio personalities and reading posts on various forums claiming that Plan B is an abortifacient, here’s a review of information on the medical effects of the pills and on the other effects and lack of effects. The overwhelming evidence – … Continue reading

Now, this is politics

I’ve posted before that I’m inclined to believe (while I’m not ready to advocate its use for several reasons) that Plan B is not an abortifacient. (See here and here. Or look here for a posting of one of the research articles that convinced me to reconsider my earlier rejection of post-coital contraception.) However, why … Continue reading

(Jamaica) Teens opt for abortion over emergency pill

The other side of the Emergency Contraception (EC) story. In Jamaica, the protocol sold under the name of “Postinor 2” is available Over the Counter (OTC). There is concern that the OTC EC is being over used in this country with a high HIV/AIDs infection rate. And then, we find out that the girls in … Continue reading

Plan B doesn’t change much

If a medication doesn’t offer a significant improvement in health risks, why risk the complications of changing laws, much less side effects of medication? Plan B is supposed to decrease pregnancies due to unprotected intercourse. Easy access to Plan B is supposed to work better to decrease pregnancy. But, it doesn’t work that way. You … Continue reading

Progesterone, infertility, and early pregnancy

I spent the evening researching progesterone in early pregnancy and the FDA debate concerning the risk after ovulation and/or fertilization to any embryo that might be present when a woman or girl takes Plan B, which contains the progesterone, levonorgestrel. More evidence that the Plan B formulation should not be a risk to the early … Continue reading

Plan B Not Abortifacient, But Doesn’t Change Much, Either

As the news that the FDA may soon make Plan B , the progesterone only protocol that is often called “Emergency Contraception” or the “morning after pill,” available without prescription, we’ll probably hear all sorts of opinions about whether or not it is an abortifacient or will lower the abortion rate. The answer is probably … Continue reading

My Letter in Scientific American

Scientific American published a biased little op-ed in their October 2005 “SA Perspectives” titled “Fill This Prescription” concerning pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions that they consider harmful, saying, It is tempting to wonder how far the principle of denying medicines for ethical reasons could stretch. Could one who disapproves of homosexuality refuse antiretrovirals to … Continue reading

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