We ask for forgiveness that for nearly 50 years we didn’t find a way of reaching out to you from human being to human being. We ask that you regard our long silence as a sign of the shock that your fate caused in us.Gruenenthal Group CEO Harald Stock • Apologizing to thousands of mothers for the congenital birth defects caused by the mothers’ usage of the company’s drug thalidomide over 50 years ago. The drug was pulled from the market in 1961, though it was never sold in the United States. The German company, however, literally took decades to respond to anger over the issues caused by the medication, which caused babies to be born with shortened limbs — or in some cases, without limbs at all. To correspond with the apology, the company created a statue of a child born without limbs, in an effort to bring attention to the issue — despite the fact that most victims are now adults.
martj42 says: So what is the % of rape victims who get pregnant from the rape?
» SFB says: While definitive statistics for this sort of thing are difficult to come by, they’re not impossible to figure out. An estimate from RAINN puts that number at 5 percent of all victims, on average — a number matched by a 1996 study of the matter. — Ernie @ SFB
We are all here today because we want to bring about that moment when we stop adding names. When we can come to a gathering like this one and not talk about the fight against AIDS, but instead commemorate the birth of a generation that is free of AIDS.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton • During a speech at the International AIDS conference on Monday, announcing that the United States would increase AIDS research funding by $80 million. The money will go to a variety of research and clinical projects, including new projects focused on treating pregnant women with HIV and increasing the availability of volunteer circumcision services for men. source (via • follow)
» About 350,000 born per year: A solution that’s given parents everywhere a second chance has gone far beyond just being a medical novelty. Now it’s a commonplace procedure, one that’s gone far beyond the birth of Louise Brown, the first test-tube baby (now a mother herself). But, in vitro fertilization experts warn, it’s not a cure-all for pregnancies late in life. ”The subtext is that if people delay childbirth they may view IVF as an insurance policy that they can access at any stage,” says Stuart Lavery of London’s Hammersmith Hospital. “Unfortunately the facts still suggest that IVF success rates in women as they get older are not fantastic.”
» And the sex-ed laws are about to get stricter: The “no holding-hands” bill would be a continuation of Tennessee’s pro-abstinence education; teen pregnancy rates dropped in the state when abstinence-focused curricula was introduced in the ’90s, but critics think they’re going in the wrong direction. ”This bill ties the hands of educators in Tennessee and will prevent them from providing the comprehensive education that students want and need and their parents expect,” said Barry Chase, president of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region.
We ask that you share with us your specific rationale and the scientific data you relied on for the decision to overrule the FDA recommendation [to increase access to Plan B].Fourteen Democratic Senators • In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who last week overruled an FDA recommendation that Plan B, the emergency contraception, be available without prescription to minors. In the words of Greg Sargent, who reported the story, “it isn’t every day that 14 Senators aggressively call out their own party’s Health and Human Services Secretary.” Then again, a lot of Senate Democrats are up for re-election next year, so there is an element of realpolitik at play. source (via • follow)