Roundup: One Pill Will Make You Larger


Today’s theme?  Pills, pills, pills…

Perhaps one of the most astute comments to come out of the debate over the eventually tabled Nelson-Hatch amendment was the issue that if women’s reproductive health was being prohibited, surely male reproductive enhancements like Viagra and Cialis should be, as well.

“Imagine if the men in this chamber had to fill out a form and get a rider for Viagra or Cialis and it was public.” Sen. Barbara Boxer said during debate on the Nelson-Hatch amendment. “Forget about it. There would be a rage in this chamber.”

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) also used the comparison, saying that he wanted his daughters and granddaughters to have access to all “reproductive health care.”

“What if we were to vote on a Viagra amendment and it had the same limits would apply for abortion?” Lautenberg said during Tuesday’s debate, adding that the reaction would be “outrage.”

Clayton Cramer of the Spokesman-Review disagrees with the analogy.

Viagra helps men (and presumably their wives) achieve sexual
satisfaction. This is not truly necessary from a health standpoint, but
has no other morally worrisome aspects to it. Is Boxer arguing that
abortion is some sort of sexual satisfaction procedure?

Besides the fact that Mr. Cramer is assuming that only married men are using the drug (and oh, how I would love to see a card check for THAT one!), his own analogy falls flat as well.  Viagra coverage was granted because drug companies argued it as a necessity for promoting male self-esteem.  That sounds eerily like a "mental health" argument to me…

But "male self-esteem" pills aren’t the only ones being debated these days.  In Italy, RU 486 has just been approved to be made available in the country. Italy was one of the last countries in Europe to approve the drug.

Finally, in Memphis a lawfirm is working on a class-action suit against the makers of the birth control pill Yaz.  The suit claims an increase in blood clots by "dozens" of women who have previously not had an issue with them, although at this point there is no evidence of wrongful death. The Faster Times takes a look at the alleged increase in risk here.

Mini roundup: Reporters are still analyzing the Nelson-Hatch fallout, but some feel mighty Casey has struck out.

 

12/10

Birth
Control
Lawsuits Affecting Memphians
Memphis Daily News

The
pheromone phenomenon
University
Daily Kansan

No
hypocrisy in
pro-life
movement
Chicago
Daily Herald

Nativity
scene gives birth to controversy
Toronto Star

Ireland
abortion:
Your comments
BBC
News

A
Health Care Battle on Many Fronts
New York Times

Abortion
pill gets final approval in Italy
BBC News

County
eyes renewing deals with
abortion providers
Houston Chronicle

Abortion
foes seek to limit subsidies for insurance premiums
The News Journal

 

12/9

Nigeria:
Kampala Conference And Maternal Mortality
AllAfrica.com

Women
challenge Irish abortion ban in European court
guardian.co.uk

Fam
Planning for County Uninsured Up for Vote
Austin Chronicle

Population:
In the family way
Financial
Times

Decades
into pandemic, HIV thrives — even here

The Keene Sentinel

Blogs
Comment On Nelson, Stupak, Mikulski Amendments In Health Reform Bills
Medical News Today

Health
Reform Is No Place For An Abortion Fight
Huffington Post

Senators
Backed By
Pro-Choice
Interests Block New Abortion Restrictions
Center for Responsive Politics

Public
options and women’s choices
guardian.co.uk

Reid:
Abortion should not scuttle health care bill
Washington Post

Abortionist’s
business dwindles
OneNewsNow

Senate
‘Ignored the Concerns of the American People’ in Rejecting Amendment
 CNSNews.com

Casey’s
Lack of Courage Paves Way for Abortion Funding
True/Slant

Democrats
Liken Federally Funded Viagra to Federally Funded
Abortion

CNSNews.com

Feinstein
Says It’s ‘Morally Correct’ to Force Taxpayers to Fund
Abortion
CNSNews.com

Report:
Two-Thirds of
Abortion
Clinics Closed Since 1991
Christian Post

Undercover
Video Shows Planned Parenthood Staff Lying to Woman About
Abortion
LifeNews.com

Clayton:
Abortion,
Viagra Not Equal
The
Spokesman Review

Erbe:
Anti-
abortion
idealogues go too far
Scripps News

5
Unresolved Questions on
Abortion in Healthcare Debate
U.S. News & World Report

Guest
columnist On health care, Bishops forfeit high ground
Seattle Times

Berkeley
council sends hangers as
abortion message
San Francisco Chronicle

Catholics
vs. Kennedys
New
York Times

Stupak-Pitts
Vs. Bubble Boy
Huffington
Post

District
funding of
abortions
gets panel’s approval
Washington Post

Couple
wins praise for
adoption
Port Huron Times Herald

Lawyer
offers help with boy’s
adoption
Austin American-Statesman

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