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  • Pope Francis Adviser Hints at Rethink on Contraception Ban

    09/19/2014 6:37:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    Tha Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/19/14 | John Bingham
    Cardinal Walter Kasper, a close influence on Pope Francis, says it is up to parents to decide how many children to have ahead of global gathering of Roman Catholic bishops to discuss the family A leading reformist Cardinal close to Pope Francis has hinted at the possibility of a reinterpretation of the Roman Catholic Church’s blanket ban on artificial contraception. Cardinal Walter Kasper said it was “the responsibility of the parents” to decide how many children they should have. He also said that so-called natural family planning, which is promoted by the Church as an alternative to contraception, also...
  • The pill can kill (India: Oral contraceptives increase cancer risk by 950%)

    01/02/2014 2:42:16 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 2, 2014 | Durgesh Nandan Jha,TNN
    NEW DELHI: Women who take oral contraceptives regularly are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to others, shows a study by AIIMS doctors. Breast cancer risk was found to be 9.5 times more in women with a history of consuming such pills. Early menstruation cycle, late marriage and lower duration of breastfeeding were the other major factors responsible for the disease among Indians, according to the study published in the latest issue of the Indian Journal of Cancer. The study was conducted on 640 women, of which 320 were breast cancer patients. "We found long-term use of...
  • Now the chemical snip! Male pill works like a vasectomy - but will girls trust men to take it?

    12/03/2013 4:38:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/03/2013 | BEN SPENCER
    A scientific breakthrough could finally make a male contraceptive pill reality, researchers said last night. Previous attempts to develop a pill have tried either to alter a man’s hormones or to make his sperm ineffective. The new technique works like a temporary vasectomy, stopping sperm leaving the body during sex – which scientists say will reassure men concerned that other approaches could affect their long-term virility and libido. It is also likely to appeal to women uneasy about the female pill’s potential to raise the risk of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots.
  • Obama: 'Free Contraceptive Care…May Make Up What She’s Spending on Premiums;' Target: Pill Still $9

    09/25/2013 5:51:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    CNS news ^ | 9/25/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Speaking with former President Bill Clinton yesterday, President Barack Obama suggested that under Obamacare young women may get back more in “free contraceptive care” each month than they pay out in premiums. "And because all the insurers who participate are required to, for example, provide free preventive care, free contraceptive care, that young woman, she may make up what she’s spending on premiums just on her monthly use of health care,” said Obama. This was based on Obama's assumptions that a young woman would in fact be using some contraceptives on a regular monthly basis and that her...
  • Obama OK with morning-after pill sales at age 15

    05/02/2013 5:44:29 PM PDT · by Wanderer99 · 25 replies
    xfinity comcast ^ | JULIE PACE
    EXICO CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday he was comfortable with his administration's decision to allow over-the-counter purchases of a morning-after pill for anyone 15 and older. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday had lowered the age at which people can buy the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill without a prescription to 15 — younger than the current limit of 17. The FDA decided that the pill could be sold on drugstore shelves near condoms, instead of locked behind pharmacy counters. Obama, speaking at a news conference while in Mexico, said the FDA's decision was based on...
  • Feds can't force Domino's founder to offer contraceptives, judge says

    03/15/2013 6:56:45 AM PDT · by topher · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 15, 2013 | AP
    DETROIT – A judge on Thursday blocked the federal government from requiring the founder of Domino's Pizza to provide mandatory contraception coverage to his employees under the health care law. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the contraception provision of the law against Tom Monaghan and Domino's Farms Corp., a management company located near Ann Arbor, Mich. The company, which is not connected to Domino's Pizza, has 45 full-time and 44 part-time employees, according to its court filing. Monaghan sold his controlling stake in Domino's Pizza in 1998 to private equity company Bain Capital...
  • The Pope Was Right All Along (Pope Paul VI) Secular sources now agree with him!

    01/11/2013 7:53:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CE.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Russell Shaw
    The Pope Was Right All Along by Russell Shaw on January 11, 2013 ·  The disruptive results for individuals and society spawned by the revolution in attitudes and behavior regarding sex, marriage, family, and childbearing that erupted a half-century ago have become too obvious to ignore. These things were predictable–in fact, some people actually predicted them from the start–but by now their impact has grown so painfully apparent that even secular voices are being raised in alarm.The problems are increasingly visible in the United States. They include an aging population with fewer young workers to support the elderly, along...
  • Is Sandra Fluke Gay?

    03/05/2012 8:21:37 AM PST · by Skeez · 56 replies
    Macsmind ^ | 3/1 | macranger
    Fluke has been called a slut. Not only for sleeping herself through law school, but for pimping herself off as some kind of “reproductive rights” expert. But today I received an email from someone who claims to be from Georgetown stating that Sandra Fluke really isn’t who she says she is. That is heterosexual, and that she is in fact gay. I have no idea if the email is real or fake. I don’t care if she’s gay or not. Having family members who are gay I’m not homophobic. The email headers check out and it appears legit. The writer...
  • Military chaplains gagged by Obama administration

    03/05/2012 6:25:26 AM PST · by cap10mike · 15 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 5, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Professionals serving in the armed forces enjoy a unique relationship with the military. Although they’re commissioned officers, they aren’t generally thought of as warriors in the true sense. They instead serve their military brethren in their professional capacity. That being the case, their activities are primarily bound and dictated by the practices and standards of their profession. For example, a Marine JAG officer adheres to his legal Code of Ethics, whereas an Army physician is expected to conform to his Hippocratic Oath. Likewise, a Navy Catholic chaplain would be expected to conduct himself according to his own religious doctrine in...
  • Lutheran leader sides with Catholics on contraceptives issue in fiery testimony

    02/20/2012 11:28:15 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | February 18, 2012 | TIM TOWNSEND
    On Thursday afternoon [Feb 16] in Washington, the Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, told a panel of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives that the St. Louis-based denomination "stand(s) with our friends in the Catholic Church" in opposition to a recent government ruling on contraception. The Missouri Synod has not traditionally embraced the notion of pluralism, at least when it comes to what the church calls "altar and pulpit fellowship." But in an interview Friday, Harrison, who lives in Ballwin with his family, made it clear that the Missouri Synod has "large consensus with the...
  • (LCMS President) Harrison Speaks Before House Committee

    02/16/2012 12:25:31 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 22 replies
    lcms.org ^ | February 16, 2012
    Missouri Synod President tells House Committee: LCMS ‘religiously opposed to supporting abortion-causing drugs’ST. LOUIS—February 16, 2012—The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, was one of several witnesses to give testimony today during the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s hearing, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” Following are Harrison’s comments to the committee: “Mr. Chairman, it’s a pleasure to be here. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a body of some 6,200 congregations and 2.3 million members across the...
  • Lutherans join chorus of voices slamming HHS contraceptive mandate

    KIRKWOOD, Missouri, February 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The President of the Missouri Lutheran Synod added his voice to the growing chorus of religious leaders from across denominational lines who are objecting to the HHS mandate requiring employers to cover sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs in their healthcare plans. “The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod objects to the use of drugs and procedures that are used to take the lives of unborn children, who are persons in the sight of God from the time of conception,” wrote Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, in a statement issued February 3rd. “Increasingly we are suffering overzealous...
  • (LCMS President) Harrison to speak before House committee

    02/15/2012 6:46:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 29 replies
    lcms.org ^ | February 15, 2012 | Adriane Dorr
    LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison will take part in a Capitol Hill hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, D. C., on Thursday, Feb. 16. The hearing will focus on the issues of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience in relation to the Obama administration's recent health-care ruling regarding contraceptives. The panel also will include Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist and Jewish leaders. The Rev. John T. Pless, who teaches theological ethics and is an assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and missions at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and Ann Stillman, vice-president and general...
  • Obama’s contraception plan won’t cut pregnancies

    02/15/2012 6:16:38 AM PST · by safetysign
    Washington Times ^ | 02/15/2012 | Daniel Allott
    Reproductive decisions are sometimes influenced by the availability of contraceptives. But they are also influenced by culture, faith, the ups and downs that are a natural part of sexual relationships and impulses buried deep in our psyches. In other words, they are influenced by factors well beyond the purview of a government mandate.
  • LCMS reacts to contraceptive mandate 'accommodation'

    02/14/2012 11:56:13 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 23 replies
    lcms.org ^ | February 14, 2012 | The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
    LCMS reacts to contraceptive mandate 'accommodation' Missouri Synod president says church remains ‘deeply concerned’ about health plan mandate despite White House statement ST. LOUIS—February 14, 2012—The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, issued a statement today in response to President Obama’s health plan “accommodation” for religious groups, which was announced last week: “In response to President Obama’s announcement Friday concerning an ‘accommodation’ to a previous mandate that health plans must cover all forms of birth control (even those that can kill the unborn), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) remains deeply concerned. We strongly object to...
  • With Contraceptive Mandate, who's in bed with Big Pharma now?

    02/13/2012 6:04:33 AM PST · by PizzaTheHut · 29 replies
    With Contraceptive Mandate, who's really in bed with "Big Pharma" now?
  • White House to announce 'accommodation' on contraceptive policy

    02/10/2012 9:00:23 AM PST · by rawhide · 20 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2-10-12
    President Obama plans to announce a plan Friday to accommodate religious organizations and others that are opposed to a new policy requiring contraceptive coverage for employees by making insurance companies the ones responsible for providing free contraception. The change would make the insurance companies, and not religious employers, responsible. Women would still have access to birth control without co-pays -- but religious schools and hospitals could refuse to cover it, passing the onus to the insurance companies. The change was described by a senior adviser as an "accommodation" -- but advisers said the announcement does not represent a "compromise."
  • The Religious Freedom Against Government Mandates Battle Has Already Been In Court For Years

    02/02/2012 11:26:28 PM PST · by stevelackner · 4 replies
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | February 2, 2012 | Steven W. Lackner
    Much has been reported in recent days regarding the Obamacare mandate that would require religious institutions to provide health insurance whose services include contraception. But few realize that a case with essentially the same underlying principle has been working its way through the federal court system for a couple years already. The L.A. Times reported in 2009 that "pharmacists are obliged to dispense the Plan B pill, even if they are personally opposed to the 'morning after' contraceptive on religious grounds, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. In a case that could affect policy across the western U.S., a supermarket...
  • ASU researchers link birth-control shot Depo Provera to memory loss

    11/07/2011 2:51:46 AM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Phoenix Business Journal ^ | November 1, 2011 | Angela Gonzales
    Arizona State University researchers have linked birth-control shot Depo Provera to memory loss. The ASU study connects medroxyprogesterone acetate -- also known as MPA, the hormone active in Depo Provera and many widely used menopausal hormone therapies -- to impaired memory in rodents. The study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, was led by Blair Braden, an ASU psychology doctoral student, and Heather Bimonte-Nelson, an ASU associate professor of psychology and director of the Bimonte-Nelson Memory and Aging Lab. Pfizer Inc., the maker of Depo Provera, could not immediately be reached for comment. The work was done in collaboration with Laszlo...
  • Help Alert Major Pharmacies about The New Abortion Drug "ella"

    12/13/2010 1:04:48 PM PST · by Sun · 10 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | December 13, 2010 | Tony Perkins
    We previously reported that on August 13th the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new prescription abortion drug called "ella" allowing Watson Pharmaceuticals to market this drug in the U.S. as an "emergency contraceptive" (EC). While proponents of ella claim that it is more effective than the so-called "morning-after-pill," Plan B, ella can also function as an abortion drug more like RU-486. On December 1st, Watson Pharmaceuticals began to aggressively promote ella over the internet and in pharmacies. Because ella is similar in its chemical make-up to the abortion drug RU-486, it therefore can destroy an implanted embryo, in...
  • Ella Abortion Drug Now Available, Called Contraceptive Pill

    12/01/2010 10:42:20 AM PST · by julieee · 5 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 1, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Ella Abortion Drug, Billed as Emergency Contraceptive, Now Available Washington, DC -- The Ella abortion drug, which has been billed by its distributor, the FDA and abortion advocates as an improved emergency contraceptive pill, is now available across the United States via prescription. http://LifeNews.com/nat-6903
  • The New Contraceptive World Order

    07/23/2010 8:28:02 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 3 replies · 1+ views
    HLI America ^ | 07/16/10 | Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse
    The New Contraceptive World Order by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse July 16, 2010 (The Catholic Exchange) The 50th anniversary of the birth control pill — the Food and Drug Administration gave it final approval in 1960 — has been the occasion of much media fanfare, societal reflection — and what we might call Secular Triumphalism. We, the Enlightened, knew all along that giving women control over their fertility was going to be simply marvelous. End of story. Some of us have tried to point out that the pill had some negative consequences, but few seem interested.The reason for the...
  • CARE NET ON ELLAONE: 'NOT JUST ANOTHER MORNING-AFTER PILL'

    06/22/2010 7:54:01 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 06/22/2010 | Staff
    Care Net issued the following concerns regarding approval of EllaOne as an emergency contraceptive: 1. EllaOne can cause the death of an embryo growing in the uterus. Women seeking pregnancy "prevention" need to be adequately informed of this potential - the FDA should include a "Black Box" warning. 2. There is an unknown impact on existing pregnancies exposed to the drug. Women who do not know they are pregnant will take EllaOne, and there are inadequate studies on toxicity to the developing embryo. 3. Off-label use includes the potential to induce an abortion. As with Mifiprex and Plan B, this...
  • The pill and 50 years of misery [the pill kills!]

    05/06/2010 5:01:27 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 39 replies · 866+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 5-6-10 | Judie Brown
    Isn't it interesting that as the United States of America approaches the 50th anniversary of this nation's most popular recreational drug, the birth control pill, special interest media is ginning up the presses — or in this case, the web sites — with all sorts of ideas for the next 50 years. A sampling of what America's birth control worshippers are saying may give one pause to rethink. For example, on May 3, the Los Angeles Biomedical Research institute (LA BioMed) announced "that it has received $1.5 million in grant funding to study a contraceptive for men that uses a...
  • Has 'the pill' caused drive-by shootings?

    05/09/2010 8:32:34 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 4 replies · 390+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 5-9-10 | Matt C. Abbott
    Judging by the laudatory articles on the birth control pill popping up all over the Web in recent days, one might conclude that the pill was in fact the greatest invention since sliced multigrain bread. One such article, written by professor and author Elaine Tyler May, appears in The Washington Post. May writes: Today, we celebrate both motherhood and the pill. It is Mother's Day, and it is the 50th anniversary of the day the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would approve the pill — though the dream of an oral contraceptive is much older. The birth control...
  • "In 1968, something terrible happened in the Church" (how dissenters tore Church apart)

    03/01/2009 3:12:28 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 1,173+ views
    CERC ^ | JAMES FRANCIS CARDINAL STAFFORD
    Cardinal James Stafford reflects on how dissenters to Humane Vitae tore the Church apart -- and how that rift left scars that remain to this day. "Lead us not into temptation" is the sixth petition of the Our Father. Peirasmòs, the Greek word used in this passage for 'temptation,' means a trial or test. Disciples petition God to be protected against the supreme test of ungodly powers. The trial is related to Jesus's cup in Gethsemane, the same cup which his disciples would also taste (Mk 10: 35-45). The dark side of the interior of the cup is an abyss....
  • Co-Creator of the Pill Laments Resulting Demographic "Horror Scenario"

    01/09/2009 10:54:28 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies · 996+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 1/9/2008 | Kathleen Gilbert
    VIENNA, January 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An Austrian chemist who helped spearhead the creation of the earliest contraceptive pill has expressed dismay at the severance of sexuality and reproduction made possible by widespread use of the pill, and has warned against the impending demographic disaster from plummeting birth rates. Carl Djerassi wrote of his concern in a commentary appearing in the December issue of Austria's Der Standard, where he described couples who regularly contracept as "wanting to enjoy their schnitzels while leaving the rest of the world to get on with it." Djerassi, who is a chemist, novelist, and playwright,...
  • Over The Counter Contraceptive Pill Will Not Reduce Unplanned Pregnancies, Says Expert

    12/24/2008 5:53:25 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 4 replies · 337+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | December 24th, 2008
    Making the contraceptive pill available without prescription will not reduce unwanted pregnancies, says an expert in an article published on bmj.com today. Sarah Jarvis from the Royal College of Physicians argues that it is a lack of daily compliance with taking oral contraceptives which is partly responsible for the high rates of unintended teenage pregnancies in the UK.
  • Ministers tell councils to push contraceptive jabs and implants[UK]

    11/16/2008 7:17:23 AM PST · by BGHater · 20 replies · 475+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 15 Nov 2008 | Julie Henry
    Ministers have ordered council and health chief executives to increase the uptake of "long-acting" contraception in teen pregnancy "hot spots". The government also wants more school-based clinics to administer the jabs,which can make girls infertile for up to three months. Teenagers can receive the injections or implants without their parents' knowledge. Critics warn that the controversial move will promote promiscuity and that injections and implants will not protect against the rampant spread of sexually transmitted disease. Some health experts also say that the drugs are unsuitable for girls who are still growing. In letters demanding "urgent action to accelerate progress...
  • Continuous-Use Contraceptives to be Introduced in Britain Within Months

    09/30/2007 8:06:06 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 11 replies · 206+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 27, 2007 | Hilary White
    Continuous-Use Contraceptives to be Introduced in Britain Within Months By Hilary White LONDON, September 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The first contraceptive pill that provides a dose of active hormones every day that would halt menstruation, could be in use in Britain within a few months, according to the New Scientist. The drug, called Lybrel, is lauded for its ability to interrupt a woman’s normal fertility cycle and entirely stop her menstruation, potentially permanently. Its supporters say that once freed from their normal biological functions, women will be better able to compete with men in the workplace. The US Food and...
  • Hormonal Contraceptives Pollute Drinking Water - Environmentalists Turn a Blind Eye

    07/11/2007 8:01:58 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 18 replies · 1,126+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wednesday July 11, 2007 | Hilary White
    July 11, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - For some years now, reports have been growing from around the world that the massive amounts of synthetic birth control hormones being pumped into the water systems through sewage outflow is changing the sex of fish stocks. Recently, scientists have also begun to warn of the possible carcinogenic effects of the build-up of estrogenic chemicals in drinking water. As early as 2002, the UK Environment Agency warned that fish stocks in British rivers were showing signs of gender ambiguity as a result of high levels of estrogen in the water. A survey of 1,500 fish...
  • UK scientists invent male 'pill' that can be taken hours before sex

    11/27/2006 12:10:43 AM PST · by newzjunkey · 16 replies · 1,082+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | November 26, 2006 | FIONA MacRAE
    British scientists have developed a revolutionary pill that men could take as a one-off contraceptive just before a date. The tablet would prevent a man from being able to impregnate a woman, but within a few hours his fertility would return to normal. This would make it much more acceptable to men than other 'male pills' under development, which alter hormone levels and have to be taken over the long term. It is also more likely to be trusted by women as they are not relying on their man having to remember to take his pill every day for it...
  • Enough is Enough! (President Bush & Plan B, by Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer)

    09/01/2006 9:27:47 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 9 replies · 616+ views
    Spirit & Life ^ | 9/1/2006 | Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    Enough is Enough!I have to admit frankly that the recent blessing given by President Bush to the interim FDA commissioner on the Plan B pill is a mystery to me. Apparently he is blind to the holocaust he has just unleashed. He very forthrightly said last week that he "agreed with" Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach's rotten logic that this drug should be sold over the counter, and that immediately became government policy. Von Eschenbach's total cave in to abortion-extreme Senators Hillary Clinton and Patty Murray was what they call in politics, a trade-off; worldly power and prestige in exchange for...
  • Bush Gives Support for Emergency Contraceptive Without Prescription

    08/22/2006 12:19:08 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 65 replies · 1,386+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/22/2006 | Bill Sammon
    Bush gives support for emergency contraceptive without prescriptionBill Sammon, The Examiner Aug 22, 2006 5:00 AM (10 hrs ago)WASHINGTON - On Monday, President Bush endorsed over-the-counter sales of a morning-after pill that those against abortion say can cause early-term abortions, although he said prescriptions should be required for minors. The president’s remarks, which came in response to questions by The Examiner, infuriated anti-abortion groups who said underage girls will merely obtain the pill, known as Plan B, from boyfriends and others who are 18 or older. Pro-abortion groups cheered the president’s remarks, saying he was abandoning years of opposition to...
  • A contraceptive pill that can beat cancer (RU 486)

    03/28/2006 7:26:03 AM PST · by oxcart · 65 replies · 1,184+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 03/28/2006 | By Mark Henderson
    The added benefits of the new drug include the end of periods and PMS A NEW generation of contraceptive medication that guards against breast cancer as well as pregnancy could be available within five years, scientists predicted yesterday. Patient trials of a drug that is used in higher doses to cause abortions have shown it to be an effective contraceptive with few side-effects, and animal and cell models have even suggested that it can protect against breast tumours. Women taking the new Pill, which contains no female hormones, would have no periods and would thus be unlikely to suffer from...
  • Pill alert 'alarmist' (Carcinogenic contraceptive)

    07/31/2005 4:14:26 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies · 330+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 01, 2005 | David King
    AUSTRALIAN medical experts have urged women not to abandon oral contraception or hormone replacement therapy despite a World Health Organisation decision to classify them as cancer causing. The WHO's leading cancer research body - the International Agency for Research on Cancer - has changed its classification for combined oestrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives and combined oestrogen-progestogen HRT drugs from "possibly carcinogenic to humans" to "carcinogenic to humans". The decision puts the widely used compounds in the same category as the cancer-causing agents asbestos and tobacco...
  • Walmart caves on Plan B

    05/13/2005 11:49:02 AM PDT · by IRLC · 11 replies · 1,480+ views
    southern Illinois pharmacist | May 13, 2005 | William Beckman
    Walmart has caved on Plan B. Overturning their previous decision not to stock this emergency contraceptive, they have now stocked their pharmacies with Plan B.
  • Consumer Reports condom ratings are not reliable

    01/18/2005 11:08:20 AM PST · by IRLC · 31 replies · 1,130+ views
    IRLC news line ^ | January 14, 2005 | William Beckman
    If you were told about a product that would fail 15% of the time over one year, would you consider that product reliable? I suspect not. If you were told that a new car’s engine or transmission had a 100% failure rate over a five-year period, would you find that performance acceptable? I am certain that you would not. The February 2005 issue of Consumer Reports does not rate automobiles, but they do rate condoms. Consumer Reports gives seven condom products excellent ratings on its test results with overall ratings of very good. They rate the vast majority of condoms...
  • Courts to Examine State Contraceptive Laws (State vs. Religion Alert!)

    11/29/2003 12:00:11 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 13 replies · 498+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 11/29/2003 | David Kravets
    Courts to Examine State Contraceptive Laws By DAVID KRAVETS, Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO - If you don't believe in the law, do you have to follow it? That's the question before courts in New York and California, which are being asked to exempt branches of the Catholic Church from state laws requiring contraceptives be included in employee prescription drug plans. Under church doctrine, contraception is a sin. "The Catholic Church explicitly teaches that artificial contraception is morally unacceptable and, if knowingly and freely engaged in, sinful," Catholic Charities of Sacramento attorney James Sweeney said. After California's law was enacted...
  • FDA approves chewable contrceptive

    11/14/2003 6:21:43 PM PST · by hemogoblin · 21 replies · 234+ views
    AP | 11/14/03 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Women are about to get their first chewable birth-control pill. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a chewable, spearmint-flavored version of a contraceptive tablet called Ovcon 35. A woman can either swallow the pill whole or chew it, as long as she then drinks a full glass of liquid immediately afterward to ensure that the full dose reaches the stomach and no residue is left in the mouth, the FDA said. Warner Chilcott Inc. of Rockaway, N.J., will market the chewable contraceptive. The company has not announced when the pill will go on sale.
  • Lemon could halt the spread of AIDS: scientists

    10/13/2002 9:32:02 PM PDT · by hfartalot · 21 replies · 417+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Station ^ | Thursday, October 10, 2002. | ABC News Online
    Australian scientists believe they have rediscovered an effective use for lemon juice - as a contraceptive and also a killer of the AIDS virus. Reproductive physiologist Roger Short, from the University of Melbourne's obstetrics department, said a few drops of lemon juice can be a cheap, easy-to-use solution to protect women from both HIV and pregnancy. The juice should be squeezed onto a piece of sponge or cotton wool and placed into the vagina before sex, he told Jonica Newby from ABC Television's Catalyst program. The program will be aired on the ABC tonight at 8.00pm AEST. "We can show...