Shrimp enchiladas at El Chile in East Austin have nothing to do with, and have the advantage of tasting a lot better than, contraception.
How about this hilarious headline: “‘Rhythm Method’ May Kill Off More Embryos Than Other Methods of Contraception”? The corresponding post in Scienceblog quotes a dude identified only as Professor Bovens, who claims that the rhythm method, lovingly embraced by the Catholic church as the only Jesus-approved form of birth control, probably snuffs out way more embryos than the Pill.
Quoth the Professor, “[The rhythm method] may owe much of its success to the fact that embryos conceived on the fringes of the fertile period are less viable than those conceived towards the middle.”
In other words, the rhythm method produces those darling, beloved embryos, all righty, and then, anti-American biological forces being what they are, kills’em as dead as a Pole eating ice cream during a papal visit. Condom use, on the other hand, kills a mere fraction of the millions of clumps of genetic material dispatched every year by these other, more “callous” forms of birth control. If this is true, well, nyah-nyah, Mr. Stupid Pope!
Thus, the mysterious Professor intimates that pro-lifers and other uterus police forces should be just as “nervous” about the rhythm method as they are about all the other ways sane people have devised in order that women may be freed from the shackles of compulsory pregnancy.
[Gracias, Trisha and Aimee]