BREAKING: Federal Judge Overturns Restrictions on Sale of Morning-After Pill (UPDATED)

Plan B One Step

The New York Times reported on April 5 that a federal judge in Brooklyn has overturned the government’s restriction on over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill, which had been available only by prescription for girls 16 and under.   Senior Judge Edward R. Korman of the Eastern District of New York ruled on April 4 that Sebelius's decision on Plan B One Step was "arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable."The question of who should have access to emergency contraception has been a con … [Read more...]

THE OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY: Unintended Consequences – Kudzu, Digital Billboards, and the Birth Control Pill


Do you remember the silly children’s song about the old lady who swallowed the fly?  The poor, misguided woman tried again and again to rid herself of her problem, by swallowing bigger and bigger things—a spider, a bird, a cat, a dog, a goat, a cow, and finally a horse—and she’s dead, of course!The law of unintended consequences, popularized in the 20th century by American sociologist Robert Merton, is like that.  Someone does something, no doubt with the best of intentions, but the plan blow … [Read more...]

On Election Night, I Listened; I Read; I Prayed—And I Took Some Comfort in Your Reflections

I Voted Sticker

It took me a few days to admit this:  Obama has prevailed, and he will remain our President for four more years.  One of the less globally significant results is that since the election, my TV has remained off.  I haven’t wanted to risk seeing his scowling face, recognizing his hubris, hearing him sneer “Let me be clear” or “Make no mistake” or “It won’t happen overnight.”  I was disheartened—too disheartened to write the “pick-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps” kind of encouraging words I saw other … [Read more...]