A Bunch o’ Boobs at the FDA

Fake boobies: Good. Preventing untintended pregnancy: Bad.

Honestly, if the FDA approves silicone breast implants that have been proven to be safe, I don’t have a problem with it. No surgery is without its risks. Women deserve accurate information about the risks surrounding breast implants and all other medical procedures, elective or not. But it is wrong to block the approval of silicone implants if they’re reasonably safe (although let it be noted that I realize the current situation is more complicated than that, with a lot of big-money interests involved; I also certainly take offense to their appropriating of pro-choice terminology to further what is ultimately an anti-feminist cause).

The FDA’s approval of silicone implants just draws further attention to their hypocrisy when it comes to women’s reproductive health. It’s ridiculous for them to block approval of Plan B, which is overwhelmingly safe — certainly safer than Viagra, which sailed through its FDA approval. And since I inexplicably didn’t write about it before, let me take this moment to give a big middle finger to Gov. Pataki for vetoeing a common-sense emergency contraception bill.


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8 comments for “A Bunch o’ Boobs at the FDA

  1. August 16, 2005 at 10:07 am

    Are people really so stupid? How do they swallow all this bs? I’m very discouraged about this whole reactionary pendulum swing… but the word “boobies” always makes me smile.

  2. August 16, 2005 at 11:39 am

    yes, we can control our bodies as long as that control is limited to making them look more like what gives Richard Roeper a hard-on.

  3. Ralph
    August 16, 2005 at 2:02 pm

    Colorado Governor Bill Owens (the Worst Governor Ever (c)) also vetoed legislation to require health care providers inform rape victims that emergency contraception (and please, do everybody a favor and call it “emergency contraception”) is available.

    Evidently, he believes that rapists have a right to force their victims to bear their children.

  4. August 16, 2005 at 2:07 pm

    Pataki’s far from the worst governor ever – but he definitely deserves the middle finger for his contrived and calculated veto. Flippantly disregarding millions of women’s access to plan b just to build up capital for a truely hopeless presidential bid is despicable, but there’s been worse.

  5. August 16, 2005 at 4:55 pm

    Maybe the FDA was inspired by last week’s Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson. There was enough silicone in that place to fill 200 sets of fake breasts.

  6. August 17, 2005 at 3:00 pm

    As far as the goverment feels, it seems like they want women to stay home and pregnant, and also look like barbi dolls.

    Is it me or do social conservatives want at home barbies that stay home to cook, clean and have babies?

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