Stinking Thinking: Obama Advisor Would Reduce Suicide With Smaller Aspirin Bottles


Just when you get over the head-wagging over Mayor Bloomberg’s soft drink size restrictions, another guy proposes a new solution to reduce suicides: Stop selling large bottles of Tylenol. Ezekiel Emanuel, bioethicist and proponent of a voucher-based universal health care (aka Obamacare), has penned an op-ed in the New York Times asking the government to consider regulating the number of tablets in a bottle of Tylenol.  This, he thinks, is a “simple way” to reduce suicide rates.Here’s the lo … [Read more...]

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...]