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Thursday, April 27, 2006

In which the resident lesbian gets all radical, thanks to Glamour

This hasn't been blogged about enough. I know most of you already know about the basics of these issues, but the facts as reported here* are outstanding.
The new lies about women's health
By Brian Alexander
Political groups tell them, the government buys them—and worst of all, your doctor may pass them on to you. Alarmed? You should be.

For the past 15 years, Ruth Shaber, M.D., has been an ob-gyn in San Francisco for Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation's largest health maintenance organizations. She sees all types of women—union members, executives, waitresses. Most of them, Dr. Shaber says, have questions for her, including how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases, how to preserve their fertility, how to prevent breast and cervical cancer and whether the latest Internet health scare they've heard is really true.

...And subject headings within the article include:
  • YOU MAY NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION
  • YOU COULD BE DENIED RAPE TREATMENT
  • YOU WON'T GET ACCURATE HEALTH INFORMATION
  • YOUR TAX DOLLARS FUND MISLEADING SEXUAL-HEALTH PROGRAMS
  • YOUR DOCTOR MAY BE FORCED TO LIE TO YOU
  • HEALTH RESEARCH MAY BE STALLED
  • SCIENTISTS FIGHT BACK


* Best to give credit where credit is due, but please know that I don't endorse the image or the ads on the page.


1 Comments:

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Lisa Marie said...

Frequent reader here. Hi.

I've been thinking about blogging about these issues lately. I was raised very conservatively, and have only in the past 5-7 years come to realize the errors of my family's ways.

Recently I had a pregnancy scare. My first, in over 10 years of activity. Before I divulge too much information, I should simply say -- Thank the Powers for everyday birth control (which I no longer use, but still had reserves), and may good fortune fall on the heads of those responsible for the Morning After project at Princeton. (http://ec.princeton.edu)

The information contained there saved my sanity.

 

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