Skepchick Quickies 12.23


Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Most of the time, probably yeah, but I think “herbs” includes stuff like jimson weed, deadly nightshade and hemlock, and a zillion other toxic plants. Some of them, I think, in low (but obviously not homeopathic) doses can terminate a pregnancy while not actually killing the woman. The good old naturalistic fallacy might cause some people to think these herbs can’t be dangerous because they’re all natural.

    The thing that really got to me in this article was the extremes women have to go through to avoid prosecution and imprisonment in many repressive countries (including this one if certain religious groups and politicians have their way.) “As long as I don’t know I’m pregnant, I can take this drug or undergo this hygienic procedure to ensure my menstrual period proceeds as normal, and if I was actually pregnant, I have (in the eyes of the law and local culture) plausible deniability.” Any time people are forced to lie about something is a sign that some serious reality denial might be going on.

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