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Texas: First to Mandate STD Vaccine

That’ll shock ’em on the coasts, won’t it? Not to mention France and England, since the story has gone global. Governor Rick Perry reportedly (free registration required) has signed an order mandating that teen girls in the State of Texas receive the vaccine against four strains of the Human Papilloma Virus by 12 years old … Continue reading

Feminists For Life History

I wrote about Serrin Foster’s article on National Review Online, yesterday. Be sure and click through to the actual op-ed and to the Feminists for Life website. (Especially the “Covetable Stuff”!) The actual founders of F4L were two women, Catherine Callaghan, Ph.D. and Pat Goltz. Like many of us in the ’70’s and ’80’s, these … Continue reading

Feminists For Life op-ed on National Review Online

Serrin Foster, whose latest essay is published on National Review Online, is one couragious woman. She is the President of Feminists for Life, which some people are absolutely convinced is an oxymoron. No, it’s not. At the least, half of all the human beings that are killed by abortion are female. In some of the … Continue reading

>Contraception and abstinence in the news

>The news today reports on a study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute that abstinence doesn’t make as much difference in the overall teen pregnancy rates in the US as increased contraceptive use. I’m still looking at the data in the report and trying to understand their methods and statistics. (Free Abstract here). Comparing data from … Continue reading

>Planned Parenthood’s "Free EC Days" (for men and girls)

>Planned Parenthood in Waco, Texas, Memphis, TN and Williston, Vermont, and probably a town or city near you, will host a Free EC (Emergency Contraceptive) day next week. (Waco on Dec. 8, Memphis and Williston Dec. 8. More sites can be found by searching Google or Yahoo for “Free EC Days” – including information from … Continue reading

>UK: Teaching children how to use condoms no help

>This month, the British Medical Journal (sorry, subscription only) has published a report on a randomized controlled study on enhanced sex ed that failed to reduce the numbers of pregnancies or abortions in teen girls. Essentially, the “programme” involves education for boys and girls 13 to 15 years old, including teaching them to obtain and … Continue reading

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

What’s the connection for NYT and Plan B

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 … Continue reading

FDA Chief Resigns Over Plan B

FDA Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, Susan Wood, says she can’t remain at the Agency because of the refusal to change the status of the drug protocol, “Plan B” often called the “morning after pill.” The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation’s daily news reports the fuss. I agree with the former Commissioner, she should not be … Continue reading

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