More connections between contraception and approval of same sex unions


May 31, 2012 5:53 pm

A few years ago I wrote a book, The Right To Privacy, in which I demonstrated how various court decisions linked contraception, abortion, assisted suicide and same sex unions.  More recent cases again show the connections between approval of contraception and same sex unions: the willingness to disregard legislation altogether in favor of  “penumbra” or vague implications:


Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 case that overturned Connecticut’s contraception ban and provided a crucial foundation for the deadly Roe v. Wade. In Griswold, the Court was undeterred by the total absence of textual constitutional support for its position because of, well, implications (or something). Recall these famous words?

The foregoing cases suggest that specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and substance.

The DOMA case doesn’t contain this cringe-worthy language, but it does contain much the same cringe-worthy substance. In the absence of textual constitutional support, a court must necessarily grasp at straws in its quest to “do the right thing,” and if implications are all it has, then implications will be enough.

Olympic Athlete committed to virginity


May 25, 2012 9:09 pm

It’s not easy but it’s worth it.

“It’s just something, a gift that I want to give to my husband. But please understand this journey has been hard. If there’s virgins out there, I just want to let them know, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,“ she said this week on ”Today.“ ”Harder than training for the Olympics, harder than graduating from college, has been to stay a virgin before marriage.”

More on contraception and the environment


 7:23 pm

We have been here before but the evidence keeps coming in that contraception is a dangerous element to add to the water supply:

EE2, a synthetic hormone, is only one of a cocktail of natural and synthetic hormones that humans excrete into wastewater, including other estrogens. EE2 has a potent biological effect at low levels.

“Animals are exquisitely sensitive to it,” Jobling told LiveScience.

The body of a fish or a frog reacts to EE2 as if it were a natural estrogen, “demasculinizing” male animals and creating a condition called intersex that interferes with an animal’s ability to reproduce, Jobling said. Intersex males often produce eggs in their testes.

It’s not yet clear if levels of EE2 found in waterways affect mammals’ reproductive cycle, she said.

Good primer on talking to your children about sex


 7:20 pm

Simcha hits another grand slam:

Premarital sex hurts you both, even if you marry the person you had it with.   If you never learn self control before marriage, it will be very difficult to learn it afterward.  Moreover, sex that comes before commitment makes the entire relationship muddy and messy.  One reader describes a good sex ed class:  “One analogy included a pyramid of building blocks, with the top block in the relationship being sex. When built correctly, it works well and is great, but when you build the relationship on sex (demonstrator flips pyramid over, it falls apart) it doesn’t work because there is no good strong foundation.”

Contraceptives and the environment.


May 17, 2012 6:29 pm

The evidence is building that the chemicals present in contraceptives are harmful to the environment and to animals — such as human beings — who live in the “environment”, i.e., drink from the water supply:

In the case of oral contraceptives, the key ingredients are synthetic hormones known as progestins, which mimic progesterone, either alone or combined with estrogen. When used therapeutically in contraceptive pills or in hormone replacement treatments for menopause, these synthetic hormones make their way into the water supply after being excreted in the patients’ urine. As environmental contaminants, these are referred to as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), due to the fact that they interfere with the endocrine systems of humans and animals alike following exposure.

Worth Thinking About


May 1, 2012 5:47 am

This woman thinks women have unrealistic views about men, themselves, and marriage.  She seems to have stumbled upon some age old wisdom about marriage:

There’s also a very practical component to marriage, but people find talking about that to be antithetical to our notion of what “real” love is. They like to think about marriage as some kind of divine union without considering that it’s more like a contented partnership formed to run a very small, mundane nonprofit business. And while that may not sound super exciting, that aspect of it can actually be really, really nice. You have to be compatible with your partner on a practical level as well. Arranged marriages account for that. Many women in choice marriages go the altar not having fully considered the practical aspects.

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