My mother always used to tell me to "consider the source," so I read the NIM study and checked the research on which it (and the subsequent HHS mandate) was based. It was not surprising that every single premise drew on research from the Guttmacher Institute of Planned Parenthood. Nor was it surprising that President Obama, to whom Planned Parenthood is a key donor, would be adamant about enforcing directives based on its agenda.
When this first emerged, I began tracking what I knew would follow: a flurry of MSM op-ed pieces, health blogs, and new studies reinforcing the notion that longterm, compliance-light methods of contraception are the solution to women's health and the country's progress. Another one hit today, in theNew England Journal of Medicine. Based on studies conducted in St Louis, it repeats the claim that IUDs and implants are highly effective in preventing the "disease" of pregnancy, and glosses over the very real health risks associated with these methods. The study was funded by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (started by Warren Buffett and named for his wife), a major funder of and recipient of donations from--surprise! surprise!--Planned Parenthood. Two of the study's authors are quite forthcoming about being in the pay of the companies that manufacture IUDs and implantables. Ho hum.
But another study is also making news today--one I only learned about from attempts to refute it because it turns the party line on its head.
Must read it all if you want to be educated on what's driving the attempt to diminish liberty.
Or you could stay stupid and nod your head ignorantly the next time a manipulative supporter of Obama or the President himself attempts again to fool you about the reasons for the mandate.