January 17, 2014

This week on To The Contrary, our panelists discuss the United Nation's scrutiny of the Vatican, the sex drive pill for women that was rejected by the FDA, and how pollution in the water affects women and children.

NPR Program Host Avis Jones DeWeever,  Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy, RH Reality Check Editor at Large Erin Matson, Republican Strategist Rina Shah, and Environmental Working Group Executive Director Heather White.
 
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rin- Ava- S- "The reality is it's out there. It's open and women are no longer expected to just sit on the sidelines and say look, "I don't want to enjoy...I don't need help."We don't exactly know that it was just because it was a woman's drug."

 

UN Scrutinizes The Vatican 

The UN grilled the Holy See over its response to the Catholic sex abuse scandal.

 

  • Darlene Kennedy: "The Pope has denounced the problem and he has created a commission, but he has to go further."
  • Erin Matson: "The Vatican has no legitimate moral authority in the areas of sexuality and human rights"
  • Rina Shah: "This is not leadership." -
  • Avis Jones De-Weever: "This Pope is a good man but he has to unravel a culture of corruption"

 

"Viagra for Women" Rejected
The FDA did not approve a pill aimed at helping with women with low sex drive.
  • Darlene Kennedy:  "It is a taboo topic, and part of the problem is that women don't talk about it. They feel there's some shame to it."
  • Erin Matson: "On that issue of sexism in the FDA, I do think that women have reason for caution and concern about the FDA and it's practices.'"
  • Avis Jones-DeWeever: "The fact that there are 24 medications on the market right now that specifically meet that problem for men and absolutely zero for women, means that women's sexual health frankly is not being taken seriously in this country."
  • Rina Shah: "The reality is it's out there.  It's open, and women are no longer expected to just sit on the sidelines and say look, 'I don't want to enjoy...I don't need help.'"
 
WV Pollution Leak
Pregnant women are being advised not to drink water as a chemical spill polluts the Elk River.
  • Heather White: "There's a real need for us to reform our laws and put more money into inspections."
  • Rina Shah: "Overregulation is not the answer.  We've got to punish the 'bad actors'.  You don't start with regulation. You punish them first." 
      
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