And when your kind maneuvers itself behind the levers of political power in this country to the point where you can deny morning after contraception to those under 18 because of "safety concerns," when not a single study exists to show there is any greater risk to women under 18, you have crossed another. Lloyd DuPlantis of Gray, Louisiana and his ilk took us on a scary-ass ride there for awhile. I admit it, I was scared. So what'd I do? I got behind my keyboard and typed some stuff, that's what I did. For years I've been typing stuff that has called bullshit on Lloyd DuPlantis of Gray, Louisiana and his ilk.
Evidently it finally did the trick. From yesterday's New York Times:
A federal judge ordered the Food and Drug Administration on Monday to make the Plan B morning-after birth control pill available without prescription to women as young as 17.
The judge ruled that the agency had improperly bowed to political pressure from the Bush administration in 2006 when it set 18 as the age limit.
The agency has 30 days to comply with the order, in which the judge also urged the agency to consider removing all restrictions on over-the-counter sales of Plan B.
“It is a complete vindication of the argument that reproductive rights advocates have been making for years, that in the Bush administration it was politics, not science, driving decisions around women’s health,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, the attorneys for the plaintiff in the suit against the F.D.A."
"All hail to the wise and just Drugmonkey" Northup added. "Whose lone voice of sanity carried us through dark times, and may have been the single thread upon which all of logic and reason was hanging during the full scale assault on the scientific method that took place under George W. Bush and the Radical Republican Congress." She didn't really say that. Although it's true.
They are being ushered from the house of science they tried to invade, but they are not going without a peep:
Some conservative groups voiced concern that the ruling could promote sexual promiscuity. “Now some minor girls will be able to obtain this drug without any guidance from a doctor and without any parental supervision,” the Family Research Council said in a statement.
"And we all know that minor girls who are too irresponsible and lack the impulse control to not take some penis without a plan to stop a shortie from popping out make the best parents" The Council went on to say. "Especially when they are forced to raise children they didn't want to have. This decision, quite simply, will rob this country of the best and brightest of our next generation"
"It will also make it more likely the minor girl will at some point get her head out of her ass, become successful in life, and therefore be less likely to vote for candidates we support" the statement didn't add. "This ruling has the potential to cripple our power base......um...I mean...harm young women....because of safety or something. Yeah....it's all about safety"
They didn't really say that. Although it's true.
So while what you did in November is important, and you should be happy, and patting yourself on the ass the way football players who think they're not gay pat themselves on the ass when they're happy, don't think you should stop kicking the likes of Lloyd Duplantis of Gray, Louisiana and his ilk.
Because you and I both know they'll be back. Pat yourself on the ass for awhile and get ready to huddle up for the next play.
And let's never let them scare us again.