Yesterday, cancer survivors, their loved ones, and loved ones of those who succumbed to the disease, reeled to learn that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the charity synonymous with breast cancer research, halted grants to Planned Parenthood.
The charity caved to pressure from anti-abortion activists who have the nationwide clinics under investigation at the behest of an anti-abortion politician (more about that here). Another factor is surely the hiring of Komen’s senior VP for Public Policy, Karen Handel, an ex-politician who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Georgia in 2010 on an anti-abortion platform and was endorsed by Sarah Palin (more on that here).
Despite the fact Susan G. Komen’s grants to Planned Parenthood mainly were used for breast exams for women who otherwise could not afford them, anti-abortion groups have targeted those charitable donations because some Planned Parenthood clinics also perform abortions.
But enough about ideology trumping ethics. What are we going to do about it? Keep reading »
Conservative lady-splainer Caitlin Flanagan is handwringing over the teen girls again. No, not only in her new book, Girl Land, which frets about “eighth-grade girls who know how to roll on condoms because they’ve learned that in school.” She’s also fretting in last weekend’s New York Times op-ed page regarding the teen girls in LeRoy, New York, who came down with Tourette’s-like symptoms like tics and barking. Flanagan, who writes for The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, tied it to other cases of female mass hysteria — emphasis on the word female here — including “the Salem witch trials” and “poltergeist hauntings.”
Her diagnosis of this hysterical outbreak? Teen girls “deserve more protection.” Keep reading »
Wrap it up! Yesterday, Pfizer announced a recall of one million packs of faulty birth control pills and warned everyone to use a backup method immediately. The recalled pill packs were a mix of packages in which some contained too many “active” pills, while others had too few. As we all learned in health class and/or Judy Blume novels, birth control pills work by tricking your body into pregnancy through regulation of your lady-hormones. If the balance in the hormones is off-set, then you are not protected from pregnancy. Affected birth control pills are sold under the name Lo/Ovral-28 and as generic Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol and a full list of recalled lot numbers is available on the Pfizer web site. The pills aren’t dangerous to your health, but should be returned to your pharmacy … unless you want to get knocked up. [Raw Story, The Atlantic Wire, Pfizer.com]