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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Male Birth Control

From the The London Daily Mail-

British scientists have developed a revolutionary pill that men could take as a one-off contraceptive just before a date.

The tablet would prevent a man from being able to impregnate a woman, but within a few hours his fertility would return to normal.

This would make it much more acceptable to men than other 'male pills' under development, which alter hormone levels and have to be taken over the long term.

It is also more likely to be trusted by women as they are not relying on their man having to remember to take his pill every day for it to work.

The hormone-free 'male pill' was inspired by two medicines already in use and so the scientists hope it could be on the market within as little as five years.

Experts believe it could transform family planning by allowing couples to share the responsibility for contraception - a role that traditionally falls to women.

The new contraceptive is likely to appeal to women who are uneasy about the female Pill's ability to raise the risk of strokes, heart attacks and potentially-fatal blood clots.
All medication comes with some risk or side effect. I'm sure this male contraceptive would have risks for men too and The Daily Mail hack writer is either too dumb or too biased to ever report those risks.

Not that TFM opposes use of contraceptives. Its a decision a man or a woman should make without outside interference.

Hat tip- Don Surber who points out death and birth rates and that a male contraceptive is hardly something people in the UK need. Maybe so, but is the drug's intended market just for people in the British Isles or for people world-wide?

I'm not picking on Don, but his idea to shorten gestation to six months is hardly feasible or likely. Babies need as much time in utero as possible. The survival rates for premature babies has greatly increased over recent years but doesn't come without risk or harm to the child. Babies born at 28 weeks which is like 6.5-7 months have an 85% survival rate. Dear Wife and I have learned the worst way possible about the other side of those stats for babies born that early.

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