Archive for March, 2008

Well isn’t this something: An opinion released last November by the ethics committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is coming under scrutiny.

“Among other things, it says physicians “have the duty to refer patients in a timely manner to other providers if they do not feel they can in conscience provide the standard reproductive services that patients request.””

And by “standard reproductive services,” they mean everything from abortion referrals to emergency contraception to regular birth control pills. Allowing doctors with ethical qualms about birth control to make referrals seems like a good compromise, but what if they’re in a rural area with no doctors nearby? What if the woman’s insurance doesn’t cover the other doctor? What if she doesn’t have insurance? What if she had to take time off work and get day care for her kids to go to that doctor’s appointment, and going to another one would be a financial hardship? What if she needs the pill for a non-pregnancy related medical condition?

How about the fact that these people shouldn’t have gone into gynecology if they are morally outraged about medical services nearly all women use at some point in their lives? And seriously, there’s no real reason to believe these doctors would even give referrals. Take this guy:

“I’m not going to refer someone to a hit man to put to death someone that’s inconvenient in their life,” says Joseph DeCook, a retired Ob/Gyn from Holland, Mich., and vice-president of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “I wouldn’t do that. This is the very same thing. I’m not going to refer a pregnant woman to a physician who will purposefully terminate her pregnancy — better known as purposefully kill the unborn child. I’m just not going to do it.”

If a bunch of Jehovah’s Witnesses became surgeons and then refused to allow blood transfusions on their patients, instead saying they’d refer them, would anyone be sympathetic?

I had a somewhat unpleasant experience trying to get Plan B, and while that was frustrating and humiliating, I can’t imagine what it would be like to go to my gynecologist and have him refuse to prescribe me birth control. There should be a do-not-patronize list of these doctors on the internet somewhere so it’d be easier to avoid them.


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UPDATE: Video available here.

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I want this book. 

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From a diner in Mississippi:

“At age 60, after living in Greenville for 35 years, Buck is a black man who remembers when things were different.

Asked about Obama propelling his campaign as far as he has, he said, “You can’t believe it. It’s the greatest thing since salt.””

The greatest thing since salt.

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Cottage (porn) industry

I saw this at the Thomas Kinkade Gallery at the mall today. I am sort of fascinated by his paintings. What makes them so wretched? As far as subject matter goes, they are exactly the same as the decorative printed plates that my great-grandparents hung in their dining room, but somehow Kinkade’s cottages manage to suck harder than anything you could buy at the Sear’s home sale in 1976.

Is it how moist and swampy everything looks? Like all his ponds are full of malarial mosquitos? Or is it the weird things he does with light–the unnatural shadows, and the windows that glow bright yellow even during the day?

And this painting, I mean, Jesus. Kinkade may be the only artist ever who successfully made the Sleeping Beauty castle look sinister. There’s the sunset in the background (note that ALL the street lamps are already on), the slick pavement. And those Mickey Mouse balloons in the upper right hand corner are, like, evil totems.

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The Today Show this morning had this really spectacular panel that tried to answer the question of why men (read, Eliot Spitzer) cheat. Dr. Laura is all like, “uh, you guys, men cheat because bitches are evil, duh.” And then this anthropologist* says that Spitzer cheated partly because he has heavy brow ridges and high cheekbones, both of which indicate a high level of testosterone. (I’m not making this up; go watch the video.) She doesn’t bother to say why high levels of testosterone make you a cheater because, come on, everyone already knows that male hormones overwhelm and incapacitate the prefrontal cortex, right?

*she also said that in the U.S. 33% of men cheat, but so do 25 % of women. She then went on to give an evolutionary argument for how it makes total sense for men to cheat because they need to spread their seed and everything. What about the 25% of women? I guess they’re just evil bitches?

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I just found out that Donna Freitas’ book, Sex and the Soul, (see previous post) appears to be a Laura Sessions Stepp style exposé about casual sex on college campuses, complete with an introduction by Lauren Winner, born again virgin and abstinence proponent extraordinaire.

Why are journalists so obsessed with the sex lives of college students? I wish I was having as much sex as Laura Sessions Stepp thinks I’m having. Seriously.

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