Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Take no shit

A number of blogs are mentioning Anderson Cooper's story on 360 last night about the people returning home to New Orleans to find dead bodies of missing relatives in their homes. I note that this is mainly of interest in the Pink Collar Ghetto of the feminist side of the blogosphere (see Shakespeare's Sister, Pandagon, Pam's House Blend and others). I guess the more manly blogs (Americablog being a manly notable exception) think coming home to find your house destroyed AND your grandmother's moldy body in what's left of it isn't that big a deal.

So since others are mentioning the Dead Body problem, I thought I'd give a bit of space to the story on the politicization of the FDA and their decision to refuse OTC status to emergency contraceptive Plan-B. Anderson had on two women with opposing views on this drug; the Concerned Woman for America was trying to cling to the fiction that she was speaking only to health and science concerns and not trying to impose her version of morality on the rest of the planet. Let's listen in:

COOPER: Wendy, let's just be clear. You were opposed to this also because you believe it's tantamount to abortion, yes?

WRIGHT: No. What we have put forward is it should -- it can be available with a prescription. It needs to have medical oversight. It's when it's available without a prescription that it will put adolescents and women's health at risk.

COOPER: Do you view it as contraception or do you view it as a form of abortion?

WRIGHT: Well, the proponents of the drug say that it operates in three ways. One is delaying ovulation, one is preventing fertilization and one is inhibiting implantation. Well, in order to implant, something must exist, and that's an embryo. Now women should --

COOPER: So, what you're saying -- I just want to be clear about this -- you view this as a form of abortion?

WRIGHT: Women should at least be given full information before they make a decision whether to take this drug or not.

COOPER: OK, I know it's a tough subject, but and maybe you don't want to talk about it. I'll just try one more time. Yes or no, do you think this is a form of abortion?

WRIGHT: As I mentioned, the third way of it operating would be ending a new life and women should at least be given that full information and not given just this false assurance that it won't end a pregnancy.

COOPER: OK, subtlety I'm not used to. I'll take that as a yes.

Secretary of Take No Shit, indeed. (Not to mention teh sex.)


At 10:16 PM, Blogger Thesaurus Rex said...

He doesn't know it yet, but Andy Cooper is going to marry me. And I will be smart enough to never, ever argue with him.


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