Barry Commoner, who died September 30, deserves to be remembered as a visionary scientific thinker who advocated for connecting the dots between components in systems of oppression.
Why is it, we wonder, that when it comes to decisions regarding women and pregnancy, science is so often ignored?
What’s at stake in the HHS decision around the IOM recommendations on contraception? First, the health and rights of women who will benefit from easier access to contraception. And second, the IOM’s action draws attention to the extent to which contraception has become yet another front in the nation’s unending culture war.
From the “guerrilla activists” trying to take down Planned Parenthood to the state and federal legislators (from both parties) further restricting women’s access to abortion, 2011 has seen more assaults on women’s most fundamental rights yet – even more even under the Bush years. There are 3 anti-abortion federal bills and more than 200 state level bills restricting access to abortion (and cutting funds for birth control, cancer screenings and other basic care for women into the attacks for good measure). Many of the state-level bills pose fundamental challenges to Roe v. Wade, paving the way for Supreme Court challenges down the line. What we need is an outpouring of resistance to this assault on the humanity of women!
In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his administration would “restore science to its rightful place.” American women are still waiting.
This year, the Guttmacher Institute celebrates forty years of promoting the core belief that scientific evidence can and should shape public policy.
From Plan B to proposed regulations redefining contraception as abortion, the Bush War on Contraception and Science is being waged until the bitter end.
Skeptics enjoy debunking people’s delusions. They like to expose psychics, show up ghost hunters, and question people who believe they were abducted by aliens. What they don’t take on are the woo-based claims made by the anti-choice movement.
The FDA's foot-dragging over non-prescription approval for Plan B set a disturbing precedent of putting politics over science.