While we’re still on the subject of the DNC…

Here’s a link to Michelle Obama speech (Pts 1 and 2) and Hillary Clinton’s speech.

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Even crazier than spray-on condoms: Wacky Rubbers!

Saw this over at BUST Blog – I’m sure that Emma’s last entry about spray-on condoms was already a kick in the head for readers. Well, check out Wacky Rubbers for an even wilder trip. Wacky Rubbers is “your home for exciting, sexy, fun condoms. Condoms that flash, condoms that play music. Condoms for your astrological sign.”

Um, what? I’m looking at the products now and there are strawberry-shaped condoms, rabbit-shaped condoms, devil-shaped condoms. And you thought that vanilla and coke flavors were exciting.

Using Mexico as a Model

Yesterday’s New York Times ran a disturbing article about the recent legalization of abortion in Mexico City. Nowhere else in this heavily Catholic country is abortion allowed – and in the capital city, the legislation only passed after much heated debate. Despite this monumental change in legislation, however, 85% of Mexico City’s doctors are refusing to perform the procedure, so no matter what the law says, abortion is still effectively illegal.

This situation parallels what may happen in the US if a proposed Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation is passed. This controversial legislation provides doctors with the option to refuse to offer abortions if they have medical or moral misgivings. However, the language of the proposal is extremely vague, and leaves the definition of “abortion” up to interpretation. In extreme cases (which may not be as few and far between as we’d like to think), this law could even grant doctors the freedom to withhold hormonal birth control from their patients if they consider it to have abortifacient properties.

When we technically legalize something, but common practice renders it effectively illegal, the value of the original legalization goes right out the window. And that’s surely what will happen to abortion rights if the HHS proposal goes through.

For more information about the HHS regulation, check out our previous post.