Glenn Reynolds is absolutely right when he wonders if birth control pills have contributed to the dramatic rise in strokes in young urban women.
Today at Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds put up the following short post:
A WORRISOME INCREASE IN STROKES among young people in large cities. The increase among women is more than double that among men, which makes me wonder if hormonal birth control plays a role.
Reynolds’ supposition is right on the money. Birth control pills are dangerous and there are no brakes on the cultural pressure encouraging women to take them. Worse, not only our popular culture, but our governments, local, state, and national, have decided that it is virtuous to encourage girls as young as twelve to take a powerful chemical so that they can engage in unlimited adolescent sex.
In California, a child of any age, without parental consent or knowledge, can get contraception or an abortion. Meanwhile, also in California, your minor daughter cannot get a tattoo at all nor can she get her ears pierced without your consent . . . but she can just toddle off get a prescription for birth control pills or get an abortion without your being the wiser for it. The assumption seems to be that birth control pills are harmless and that parents, by contrast, are harmful.
As it happens, birth control pills, which some schools hand out like candy, are anything but innocuous. Without even knowing the science, common sense tells us that it’s ridiculous to think that you can feed nuclear-powered hormones into a barely pubescent girl without have some effect on what should be her natural development. In addition to that, those dangerous side effects you hear about birth control pills, including the strokes Reynolds mentions, are very real: [Read more…]