Easy Access to Contraceptives for Teenagers, and Other Links

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  1. Tomas says:

    “Employers are offering pet health insurance.”

    With such a broken health care system, it is interesting to see this. Some pets have better access to care than some humans. Let’s put things into perspective here…

  2. Tomas says:

    “Girls as young as 13 or 14 can get contraceptives in New York City public schools.”

    In many places girls that young are able to get abortions as well. This debate leads to questions of competency and parental consent. If not parents, I think primary physicians should be directly involved in granting consent, at the very least.

    • Howard says:

      You may remember Mike Toomey, Governor Rick Perry’s former chief of staff that went to work for Merck and lobbied for Merck’s Gardasil. Gardasil protects against the human papillomavirus, or HPV. The federal government approved Gardasil in June 2006, and medical authorities began recommending that all girls get the shots at ages 11 and 12, before they are likely to be sexually active.

      Governor Perry pushed for Gardasil to be used on young girls in Texas. He got lots of criticism for that during the last presidential election.

  3. Dewaine says:

    “Why nobody ever calls the weather normal — excellent Matt Ridley essay.”

    Climate Change as a catch-all was a great strategy, normal weather patterns are now considered aberrations.

  4. Dewaine says:

    “ALL the jobs lost by women during the Great Recession have been recovered, at least in the private sector. But men still have a way to go before that happens.”

    Discrimination! Where are the reparations? The system is OBVIOUSLY sexist because there hasn’t been equality of outcomes.


  5. Bolton says:

    “Like any kind of health care offering, (pet insurance) is viewed as an employee enticement and retention tool,” said Charles J. Sebaski, an insurance analyst for BMO Capital Markets in New York.

    Also, pet risk pooling!