Plan B

Obama: “As the Father of 2 Daughters” I Want the Government to Ignore Science

Barack Obama, who was educated in the country’s most esteemed universities, has implied that having daughters has convinced him the government should ignore science.

His anti-science justification came in response to questions about HHS’ decision to override the FDA’s recommendation that Plan B be made available over-the-counter. He justified his support for the decision on the fact that he has daughters.

President Obama said today that “as the father of two daughters,” he supports his health secretary’s decision to block over-the-counter sales of the Plan B “morning after” birth control pill to girls under 17 years of age.

He also appealed to that classic anti-science “wisdom”–common sense–as rationale to ignore science.

“I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine,” Obama said during an impromptu news conference at the White House.

I find it troubling not just that Obama wouldn’t see the wisdom of making it possible for young girls to avoid unplanned pregnancies that might otherwise present a much bigger health risk to them. But I find the appeal to fatherhood as justification for ignoring science even more troubling.

Because, of course, Obama has ignored the scientists before, most notably when he decided to let his and everyone else’s daughters breathe dangerous levels of ozone for several more years so as to appease big business. It’s science that shows Obama ought to reject the Keystone pipeline for the good of his daughters. It’s science that shows if we don’t take climate change more seriously immediately, Obama’s daughters’ and the rest of their generation will face a calamitous future.

Obama’s daughters are not my business, and in any case they seem well-able to see past the bullshit of their father’s job.

But when a highly educated person decides all of us should put aside science out of the pretense that his daughters will be safer because of it–that’s highly dangerous. It’s precisely because he has children that Obama ought to make sure all government decisions are governed first and foremost by the science.

Update: Emily Douglas makes almost the same point here.

Update: See also this excellent post from Kaili Joy Gray.

Emptywheel Twitterverse
JimWhiteGNV Previous tweet: this is a demonstration against Border Patrol violence.
1mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel How can something as cutthroat as the Spelling Bee end in a tie? It's not right.
1mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @PhoenixWomanMN: @bmaz And the media cheerfully went along with it.
30mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Status of GOP linchpins of BS well known 10-15 years ago: 1) Sadaam/Iraq had no threatening WMD's 2) Hastert was doing more than "wrasslin"
2hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Guess it's no surprise from a GOP party that cravenly puts up malignant actors such as Chris Christie + Joe Arpaio as having "family values"
2hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz The Best of Times: When holier than thou GOP Congress went from Gingrich to Bob Livingston to Denny Hastert while demagoguing about Clinton
2hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @downwithtyranny @_ShannonINC Although, as true as that is, the sparseness of the original is also pretty endearing in a different way.
2hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @zappin_liberals Not at all. Just pointing out that you're a hypocrite. I've covered both scandals. Care to talk about Sheldon Adelson?
2hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel For those in Chicago: Come hear me and Bill Binney speak next Tuesday. https://t.co/zsMjz1oPSP
2hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @_ShannonINC Some of BOC's later albums were actually WAY better than popularly given credit for cc: @downwithtyranny #EarlyAlbumsIncredible
3hreplyretweetfavorite
May 2015
S M T W T F S
« Apr    
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31