The Pill’s Environmental Damage

January 5, 2009

From CMR:

What’s a radical liberal to do? To a rational person, holding two ideologies which are in conflict is rather difficult but today’s environmentalists easily juggle mutually exclusive ideals like veteran circus performers.

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano published a report Saturday claiming that the contraceptive pill has negative effects on male fertility and the environment.

Liberals love the pill only slightly less than they love abortion which is A LOT. But they love the environment a heap as well. But now that the two things are in conflict you’d think liberals would be in a tizzy. But so far the silence is deafening.

MyFox Chicago reports:

According to AFP, the Italian-language report quotes the president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations as saying the contraceptive pill “has for some years had devastating effects on the environment by releasing [tons] of hormones into nature” through female urine, and that there is “sufficient evidence to state that a non-negligible cause of male infertility in the West is the environmental pollution caused by the pill.”

The report was, of course, disputed by several pharmacological organizations and they are obviously adopting the same legal “head in the sand” strategy of the tobacco companies in the 1990’s. That didn’t work out to well for them.

Now normally, I don’t remember environmentalists taking big business mouth pieces at their word but so far I’ve heard no skepticism over this denial.

The National Catholic Register wrote in 2007 about an EPA-funded scientists at the University of Colorado who studied fish at Boulder Creek he was shocked to find that out of the . randomly netted 123 fish downstream from the city’s sewer plant, they found that 101 were female, 12 were male, and 10 were strange “intersex” fish with male and female features. We call the latter classification the “Richard Simmons fish.”

It’s “the first thing that I’ve seen as a scientist that really scared me,” said then 59-year-old University of Colorado biologist John Woodling, speaking to the Denver Post in 2005.

They studied the fish and decided the main culprits were estrogens and other steroid hormones from birth control pills and patches, excreted in urine into the city’s sewage system and then into the creek.

Woodling, University of Colorado physiology professor David Norris, and their EPA-study team were among the first scientists in the country to learn that a slurry of hormones, antibiotics, caffeine and steroids is coursing down the nation’s waterways, threatening fish and contaminating drinking water.

I’m personally interested to see how this plays out. Do the zany environmentalists show the world that they really don’t give a damn about Mother Earth by pretending to ignore this or do they take it seriously. How much you want to bet they act as ignorant as Paris Hilton on this one.

I don’t know how this is going to turn out but if I start listening to Celine Dion and Air Supply I’m blaming the water.


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