Saturday, October 8, 2011

Unintended Consequences

At some point, you'd think people would just acknowledge that maybe the Church is on to something. From the NYT:

Contraceptive Used in Africa May Double Risk of H.I.V.

The most popular contraceptive for women in eastern and southern Africa, a hormone shot given every three months, appears to double the risk the women will become infected with H.I.V., according to a large study published Monday. And when it is used by H.I.V.-positive women, their male partners are twice as likely to become infected than if the women had used no contraception.

The findings potentially present an alarming quandary for women in Africa. Hundreds of thousands of them suffer injuries, bleeding, infections and even death in childbirth from unintended pregnancies. Finding affordable and convenient contraceptives is a pressing goal for international health authorities.

Now, if everybody wants to be fair, shouldn't the people behind this contraceptive method be excoriated for basically committing, at best, negligent homicide and all kinds of other crimes against humanity? Considering the litany of absurd slanders hurled at Pope Benedict for allegedly contributing to the HIV epidemic, isn't that the least the press could do? Maybe just try to show some objectivity, guys. Just once.

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