Pill Pumpers vs. the EcoCrowd

I nearly pee’d myself  thoroughly when I read this.

Normally I don’t do a running commentary, but I just have to on this gem.

Wherever possible, Tina Casale switches to compact fluorescent light bulbs; she also recycles daily, rides in carpools or walks when she can, and, as a third-grade teacher, has made it a priority to ensure that global warming is a frequent topic in her science discussions.

Oooh. You, go girl. Preach that enviro-religion to the kiddies….

But in the eyes of some activists, Casale could be doing more to save the environment: Namely, tossing out her birth control pills.

Whoa. What do we have here, folks?

Birth control pills, like batteries and baby bottles, have become the latest item in American homes to become a focus of environmental and health concerns. As scientists debate the effects of synthetic hormones that are flushed into waterways, the potential threat has sparked a clash between advocates and critics of the pill.

 A social conservative’s dream, let me tell you:  envirofreaks vs. the pillpumpers.  Nothing like the Left going after each other.

“I’ve heard a little bit about the bad things that birth control can do to the environment,” said Casale, 26, who lives in New York City. “If it’s causing major problems, I guess I would stop. But, to me, the health effects of the pill are a much greater concern than the fate of fish.”

Yeah, no kidding.

In 2003, a group of scientists in Washington state made headlines when they discovered that traces of synthetic estrogen in the state’s rivers had reduced the fertility of male fish. Hormonal birth control pills and patches were blamed. Two years later, a team of scientists funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found trout with both female and male characteristics. The culprit, again, was synthetic estrogen.

Dr. David Norris, a physiology professor at the University of Colorado, said it is not just the possible negative effects that estrogen is having on aquatic environments that concerns him as much as the exposure of these hormones to humans, especially fetuses and newborns. According to Norris, numerous reports show that estrogenic chemicals in water can result in thyroid problems and an adrenaline imbalance. Thyroid inhibitors are of major concern because they affect the nervous system’s development and can cause permanent mental retardation.

This explains why the Canadian Left, in general, and the human rights commissions, in particular, are particularly susceptible to retardation.

Although Norris points out that certain foods, plastics, cosmetics, personal-care products and animal wastes are also causing water contamination, studies in Boulder Creek, Colo., have shown that fish are about 10 times more sensitive to the contribution of estrogen from birth control pills than they are to estradiol, the type of natural estrogen excreted by animals like cows.

The National Catholic Register and WorldNet Daily, a conservative Web publication, seized on the findings, the latter calling birth control pills “poison.” The discovery left some environmentally-conscious women shaking their heads, unsure of what to make of all this talk of genetically-mutated fish and unsafe drinking water.

It means they should stop pumping themselves with sterility drugs and blaming conservatives for not doing enough to “save the environment”.  If I hear another liberal twit say that to me, I’ll rip the purse off her shoulder, empty it, jump up and down on her birth control pills, then duly inform her that I did more to save the environment in 10 seconds than she will do in a lifetime.

“It gets me angry,” said Tracy Oetting, 47, an environmental and political activist from Washington State. “It appears that there is no concern for women or the environment if everyone is OK with the eco-damage that hormones can do to women, men, fish and animals.”

Laurel Butler, 60, a New York member of the Sierra Club, a grassroots environmental organization, says she doesn’t believe in infringing on other people’s rights to make decisions. But if birth control pills are proven to be the culprit, she says she would stand by a law that protects the environment against estrogen.

You, go, gals!  Preach that anti-pill message! 

“Why aren’t women in this generation doing more to protect the environment?” Butler said. “You’ve got a population screaming for instant, easy birth control and pharmaceutical companies answering to their demands. Who is responsible for the environment?”

Yeah! Damn, right!  I got a great slogan for you ladies:  “SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT & STOP OUR MENTAL RETARDATION: BAN THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL!”

The discourse about hormone-free waters has extended to online message boards and other sites. One group on Facebook started an Anti-Estrogens Campaign. On its home page, the small group shares claims that a decrease in human sperm count over the years is a result of hormones in drinking water and urges women to stop taking the pill if they’re not in a relationship.

Well, you’ve got to start somewhere. I’m loving this….

But many women and women’s groups are not buying into the message.

Why not?  But, but, but, you’re not being environmentally friendly.  Get with our new environmental program! 

“It sounds to me like this is a pollution issue rather than a birth control issue,” said Kaycie Rene Booher, 20, a student at the University of Central Missouri. “People are jumping for a chance to discredit birth control as an important option for women’s health and safety.”

How ridiculous that must sound to an environmentalist whose constituency is 99% for casual sex. I can hardly take the grin off my face. I wish you all could see it. 

Heather Trim, the Urban Bays and Toxics Program Manager at the People for Puget Sound in Washington, warns women that there is no evidence in the United States of the human impact of contaminated estrogen water and that women should not discard their pills just yet.

“Estrogen is also found in products like hair straighteners and plastics,” said Trim. “It’s not necessarily just birth control.”

Paige Novak, as associate professor of engineering at the University of Minnesota, agrees. “There isn’t a whole lot of funding going toward updating waste center treatments,” she said. “The problem might be resolved just by updating the plants.”

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Got. To. Hold. On. Jim. Just. A. Little. Longer.

Amy Allina, the program director of the National Women’s Health Network, says women should be aware that some forms of contraception, such as the patch and vaginal ring, embed more hormones into the environment because they are discarded directly into the garbage after use. The competition among pharmaceutical companies for a slice of the oral contraceptive market is so fierce, she said, that the development of an “eco-friendly” birth control pill could be just around the corner. Bayer and Pfizer, two leading makers of birth control pills, did not respond to requests for comment.

Bahahahahaa. Yeah, no kidding. Money talks, honey. 

Pssssssst…….If you want to postpone pregnancy, use natural methods.  Everybody wins, then.

Allina says it is not known whether the benefits of the pill outweigh any negative environmental impact it might have “Unfortunately, women need to make a decision based on imperfect information,” she said. (Source)

Benefits of the pill? What might those be?  Breast Cancer? Blood clots? Heart disease? Liver cancer? Strokes? Death?

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