Missing the point on the Morning After Pill
CNN headline: 'Morning after pill' doesn't alter teen sex."
Turns out, all of our worries about the 'abortion pill' were for nothing -- you can give it to your teenage daughter and sleep easy at night! That's right, distribution of the 'morning after pill' does NOT, repeat, does NOT, increase the likelihood of [unprotected] sexual activity!
Of course, the extent to which access to the pill increases the likelihood of sexual activity per se remains entirely beyond the pale of discussion. In short, teenage sexual promiscuity is simply not a concern to researchers. The only real concern is unprotected sex -- we don't mind if our teenage daughters "go out and have rampant sex," so long as they be sure to have their partner strap on a condom (as long as they do not "drop their usual methods"). Talk about moral blinders. The implied goal here is not to reduce rampant teenage promiscuity, but rather to render it innocuous through chemical abortion and disease protection.
And what annoys me most of all is the Orwellian 'double-speak': "Morning-after pills are high-dose birth control pills that can be taken soon after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. They work by blocking the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus." Since when is 'pregnancy' anything other than coming-into-existence of a fertilized egg?
# posted by Jamie : 12:45 PM