Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kicking Lloyd DuPlantis Jr. Of Gray Louisiana While He's Down. Because You Have To Keep Kicking His Type Until You're Sure They're Not Getting Back Up

It would seem that congratulations are in order. Lloyd Duplantis of Gray, Louisiana and his ilk are, as we live and breathe, being ushered from the house of science they invaded so brazenly almost four years ago. For those of you who aren't regular readers of my little blog garden, or who don't hang on every word I write, I'll tell you that Lloyd Duplantis of Gray, Louisiana is perhaps the greatest single influence in shaping the collection of words you now see in front of you. The day he got on National Public radio and declared to the world that he does not sell birth control pills "in the name of science" was the day I woke up to the feeling that there were barbarians at the gate to my home. You are free to be a lunatic religious fundamentalist all you'd like my friends, but the day you start pretending you are not, the day you mask your Jesus agenda and claim you are acting on facts instead of faith, you have crossed a line. 

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 mean...harm young women....because of safety or something.'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.


The Alert Reader said...

patting yourself on the ass the way football players who think they're not gay pat themselves on the ass when they're happy

I bet wrestlers engage in ass-patting as well.....:) Robot.

midwest woman said...

I don't like hiding behind false science to promote your own agenda. Having said that, this issue is one tangled fishing line. I raised 3 daughters and the casual attitude toward sex in adolescents was numbing. I have no objection whatsoever to a morning after pill. But I can't help thinking that this is more ammo for a misguided generation that have abortions on Friday and talk about it at school on Monday. I'm not talking about incest or rape..just casual meaningless encounters after the Friday night football game that produce unintended consequences. I reallly sit on the fence on this one. No issue with the morning after pill here...obviously much safer than an abortion. Just wondering about the bigger impact on a generation that seems emotionally detached. I can see it now...cmon suzy I forgot the condom but you can get that morning after pill so no big deal.

Anonymous said...

I work at the closest walgreens to campus and we run out of plan B all the time, at which point we usually say, "time for plan C." Which usually means we tell the girl she has to have a baby. Or we sent them to the next closest walgreens

Sophia said...

midwest woman...
I see what you're saying, about the emotional numbness and carefree attitude toward sex these days. I'm only 23 but I see a generational difference between people in my age group and those in high school now. It's about education, and letting girls who are already sexually active have birth control, even if it goes against your morals. A parent has to choose between keeping their kid safe by talking to them about sex, or letting them do what they want in hiding with only rudemintary tools to defend themselves against pregnancy and disease. The abstinence argument can be screamed from the hilltops, but there is a point at which it's too late. Very few kids are just going to stop having sex once they've started. Allowing access to plan b and birth control (pill, patch, condom, etc) are only the first steps to sexually responsible adults.

Anonymous said...

I'm not preaching abstinence and don't want to deny access to birth control or plan b. I was just making more of a sociological observation. I read a book called "Hooking Up" actual interviews with high school and college students about their sexual activities. Most of the interviews (all girls by the way)reflected a sadness and disappointment with their experiences. That was sad to me. S Yes have the education and the protection available. Have options for unintended consequences. But also teach that sex doesn't occur in a vacuum and some of the unintended consequences aren't just physical. thanx for the comments.

midwest woman

Heather said...

I am tempted to make little business cards with your web address on it and keep them with me when going to the pharmacy. I have had less than stellar experiences with the techs and pharmacists. But the worst are the other customers.

Today I was having a consult with the pharmacist and a woman came up, NUDGED ME OUT OF THE WAY (the pharmacist was HOLDING MY BOTTLE, talking to me) and asked if Tylenol PM or Advil PM was better. I gaped at her open mouthed. It was the rudest thing ever.

I suppose I could start a blog called "Other pharmacy customers may hate you."

ThatDeborahGirl said...

Your little trip down memory lane took me back to the day I first found your site. The day I realized that Karen Brauer of Pharmacists for Life was a danger to all women and must be stopped.

Her site still looks like crap but she has actually made some improvements and calls it Pharmacists for Life International which is scary. I'd hate to think she's taken abroad her message of "taking birth control is the same as having an abortion".

So here's to the likes of Lloyd and Karen NEVER being taken seriously by anyone, let alone being allowed to reside of positions that give them power over anyone's reproductive health.

Drug Monkey, like so many, I think I'm in love.

Anonymous said...

Dear Midwest woman,

You can't just start telling girls/women that there can be consequences from sex!! It's bad enough trying to get some of them to overcome the fears that religion and their parents have brainwashed them with! You could very well cause the extinction of the human race. I hope you're happy with yourself and can sleep at night

Beloved Parrot said...

Drug Monkey, I don't think I'm in love with you. I know I am.

Anonymous said...

You think you're bad? Over here in the UK we're providing morning-after contraception to girls aged 13 upwards! And it's us pharmacists who write the prescriptions! Granted, they need to have a parent or guardian with them if their under 16 (the "legal" age here) but it's still ridiculous. All in a bid to try and reduce teenage pregnany...
I'm very pro-choice, but I still believe that 13 is a bit too young.

ThatDeborahGirl said...

Anon - 13 was how old I was when I started having sex. I didn't even KNOW that's what we were doing. My 13 year old boyfriend didn't either. We were just "playing". We really didn't know.

I was lucky. I had a health class that winter and the teacher explained honest to goodness sex. I was so surprised to learn I was doing IT. And my boyfriend didn't believe me! I had to convince him (he wouldn't have Health Class until the next quarter) that we were having sex by sneaking and bringing home my health book. There was no internet in every house back then and there weren't enough books to go around, each class had to share.

So then we started using condoms because we realized I could have a baby. And we hated his kid brothers and sisters. And we went to Walgreens together and bought them and NO ONE told us we couldn't and the clerk never batted an eyelash. We never thought that we couldn't buy them because the teacher had said that if you were having sex you HAVE to buy these things so we did. It kills me to think that there are stores where kids have been denied the sale of a lousy damn condom.

It's crazy funny to think that despite our adult actions how innocent we really were. Kid logic is not adult logic and we were just doing what FELT good and keeping it our secret.