Enslaved by liberation

This year we acknowledge an unfortunate anniversary: the infamous birth control pill – which itself has been responsible for preventing so many births – turns fifty. It was in 1960 that the Food and Drug Administration first approved the contraceptive pill for use in the United States. Nine years later, with the passing of Pierre Trudeau’s infamous Omnibus bill that also legalized [...]

2010-07-04T14:09:49-04:00July 4, 2010|Editorials|

Religious beliefs about the pill

The 20th century saw a great change in Christian attitudes towards contraception, which previously had been almost universally condemned. As it stands today, the majority of Christian denominations accept birth control to some degree, in one form or another. The Church of England provides a good example of how quickly the change in teaching sometimes occurs. At the Lambeth Conference in 1908, [...]

2010-07-04T14:03:03-04:00July 4, 2010|Health Risks|

Side effects of The Pill

PDF of Side effects of The Pill Head/Brain Cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding into the cranial cavity) Cerebral thrombosis (blood clot that drains blood from the brain) Melasma, which may persist (skin discoloration) Migraine Headache Dizziness Loss of scalp hair Acne Eyes Retinal thrombosis Change in corneal curvature Intolerance to contact lenses Cataracts Heart/Blood Thrombophlebitis (blood clots in the veins) Hypertension Mesenteric thrombosis (blood [...]

2010-07-04T13:58:24-04:00July 4, 2010|Health Risks, Issues|

Detrimental health effects of the pill

In 1969, journalist and women’s health activist Barbara Seaman published a book detailing the horror stories of women experiencing terrible side effects from the contraceptive pill, including blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, depression, suicide, obesity and loss of libido. After U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson read the book, he joined forces with Seaman to instigate a series of Senate hearings on the issue. [...]

2010-06-30T10:48:37-04:00July 1, 2010|Health Risks|

The Pill at 50

The so-called liberator of women has actually hurt them History The 1892 Criminal Code of Canada outlawed birth control, declaring it obscene and “tending to corrupt morals.” It also, however, left a clause that permitted the distribution of birth control if it was for the “public good.” The American Congress had already banned birth control information in 1873, citing the same reason. [...]

2010-07-05T05:36:58-04:00July 1, 2010|Announcements, Cover stories, Features, Health Risks|

An open mind can mean an empty head

Kitchener school board situation serves as a sterling example The elevation of an “open mind” to the status of an unchallengeable moral principle is, as a matter of plain fact, a perfect example of being closed-minded. Professor Allan Bloom made this point in his best-selling critique of higher education, The Closing of the American Mind, a book that offended a legion of [...]

2018-08-03T11:59:35-04:00November 3, 2007|Religion, Sex Education, Society & Culture|
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