I’ve written two pieces about Rick Santorum and his offensive quotes about women, but he’s not the only culprit of misogyny in the 2012 election. There has been a slew of right-wingers coming out saying really sexiest things. On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh called a law student a “slut” for testifying in the birth control mandate. He went on to say a few choice things about her and the other students that had partaken in this event.
When Mitt Romney, who is *also* running for President, was asked what he thought of Limbaugh’s quote, Romney said, “I’ll just say this, which is, it’s not the language I would have used.” And that’s just it. Even Newt Gingrich condemed Limbaugh for name-calling, but yet, one of the front runners for the 2012 Presidential Election simply says,”it’s not the language I would have used.” What would he have used? It’s hard to imagine that this is actually an issue in the year 2012, but here we are.
My stance on birth control has been clearly stated: it’s a blessing. I need it for medical reasons, and the fact that I probably can’t get pregnant on it is just a plus. I take birth control even when I’m not having sex because again, I medically need it. So, would I still be a slut because I need birth control? Guess so.
Are Rush Limbaugh, Romney, and Santorum so ignorant to the fact that a pill that has been around since the 1950′s (with the knowledge since the 1930′s that hormones prevented ovulation in rabbits) can do more than just let women have sex without pregnancy? These statements are ignorant and extremely irritating – the fact is a women who cares about herself, her health, her career, her needs, would be considered less than a respectable woman. To call someone a slut because they’re not ready to be a mother is dismissive. It’s a way of saying “you’re not the woman I want you be, so there for you are trash.” These are the men running for President and broadcasting this hate and ignorance through our radio-waves.
As someone who currently doesn’t have health insurance (for the first time in my life), and who just spent 60 bucks on their birth control – I am so pleased about a new regulation being put forth by the Obama administration. They took a major step forward in women’s health by declaring that health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays. This is great news to me, because while I don’t currently have health insurance, the goal is to eventually get some. By that time, I plan to be so bitter about having to pay so much to not have a kid, or painful cramps, or the right to know on what day I would start having this horrid event that I would probably throw a major fit about the $15.00 it costs with my insurance. Look guys, you don’t want me having a kid: the world does not need a mini version of me with no self awareness or manners.
More than 90 million prescriptions for contraceptives were dispensed in 2009, according the market analysis firm INS Health. Research has shown that even modest copays for medical care can discourage use, which leads to unwanted pregnancies. But the pill isn’t just …
Great news out of Israel – that male contraceptive pill that they’ve been promising for the last 40-odd years may be only three years away thanks to breakthrough new research — not to be confused with any of the other breakthrough research that they’ve been reporting for the last 40-odd years. Because, as New Zealand Herald reporter Shelley Bridgeman points out, they promised in 2000 that the male pill would be ready …
If I had to guess, I’d bet that most people have lied to their doctor. Speaking for myself, sometimes it’s just easier. Now, I realize this is a stupid thing to do, but I guess I can take heart in recent news out of Dr. Barbara Korsch’s recent work out of the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in knowing that I’m not alone.
1. Not taking prescribed medication correctly, completely, or … at all.
As embarrassing as it might be to admit it, “If you don’t tell us you’re skipping pills, we’ll assume you’re taking them and they aren’t working, so we might change the dosage or the prescription”—which may put off your recovery and cause side effects, says Laura Knobel, MD, a family physician in Walpole, Massachusetts, and a member of the board of directors for the American Academy of Family Physicians.
And when you toss antibiotics before you’re done with the full course, you may not kill off all the infectious bacteria in your body, leaving them resistant to drugs and possibly causing the illness to come back with greater force.
There’s a real science to pharmaceuticals, and the balance is often a dicey one. Doctors making sound medical decisions operate under …