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June 20, 2012 3:04 pm

Most of the material I post here is “scientific”in nature; that is, it cites scientific, psychological and sociological data. I concentrate on such studies because the prejudices of our times assume that quantifiable truth, is the only “truth” there is.

My conviction, however, is that theological and philosophical truths get at the most important realities and do so in the most important way, by founding claims on revelation and reason.  This is an excellent philosophical analysis of how contraception has changed our understanding of sex from something sacred to a mere commodity.  Read all the installments; they are wonderful.

Contraception has enabled people to treat sex as a low-priced commodity—an item to consume and thereby buildsocial capital. Instead of sacralizing sex as earlier cultures have done, we have mass-produced it. We have disenchanted it by treating it simply as a bodily function leaving the mediation between lovers to pharmaceutical and other corporations. The church has been pushed out of the bedroom, and the pharmaceutical corporation has been invited in its place.

Tracking more effects of hormones

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June 11, 2012 8:27 pm

How many ways can hormones mess with our systems?:

A 2007 study published in the Oxford journal Human Reproduction found that women who ate hormonally altered beef while pregnant gave birth to sons with adult sperm counts that averaged 24 percent lower and were three times more likely to be infertile that their counterparts whose mothers ate hormone-free beef.”

 

Do Plan B and Ella cause early term abortions?

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June 6, 2012 8:06 pm

A recent New York Times article says no.  But Dr. Donna Harrison who was at the FDA hearings that approved of requiring the labels for Ella notes that the best of science shows that scientists agree Ella works by preventing implantation:

The European Medical Association technical review articles state that Ella is embryocidal. That means that Ella kills embryos. I attended the FDA Advisory Committee Hearing on approval of Ella, at which data were presented which demonstrated that Ella is around 95 percent effective in preventing a clinically recognized pregnancy. One of the Advisory Committee members repeatedly pointed out to the manufacturers that there was no way the effectiveness of Ella could be explained by delaying ovulation alone.

Those who use contraception should pay higher taxes

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June 5, 2012 8:10 am

Researchers have discovered how damaging contraception is to the environment and are proposing that sewage systems be redesigned to deal with the pollution.  This author argues that those who are responsible for the pollution should pay.  He says it is women. I say it is men and women who are both responsible, but it is certainly true that the polluters should pay:

Thus we come to the inescapable conclusion that women who use the contraceptive pill should be charged £1,000, or $1,500, a year for having done so. We cannot charge BP for killing fishies through pollution if we don’t also charge others who kill fishies through pollution, can we?

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