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The Anti-Lesbian Drug – Newsweek

Posted: July 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Bioethicist Alice Dreger, who raised concerns of a pediatricians' female genital mutilation practice, partnered with American University philosophy professor and gay rights activist Anne Tamar-Mattis against what they call the "FIRST EXPERIMENT TO ATTEMPT PREVENTION OF HOMOSEXUALITY IN WOMB" (sic) by pediatric endocrinologist Maria New.

As Sharon Begley reports, Dreger "blew the whistle on the controversial practice of giving pregnant women dexamethasone [dex] to keep the female fetuses they are carrying from developing ambiguous genitalia." While Dreger may have made a leap, dex isn't FDA-approved, so "medical societies have signed on to a statement recommending that prenatal dexamethasone therapy…'continue to be regarded as experimental, and be pursued only' in research settings." Maria New's "aim seems to be to…make life easier for" patients. I think that could be achieved better with social acceptance of intersexuality than with drugs.

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3 Comments on “The Anti-Lesbian Drug – Newsweek”

  1. 1 AIC Intern said at 10:45 pm on July 4th, 2010:

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  2. 2 Melissa D. Webb said at 8:25 pm on August 9th, 2010:

    Well, I find this “experiment” quite repulsive. Why call it, Anti-Lesbian, how about calling, “Simple way to destroy the first amendment rights of the unborn fetus”? Or, “woops, you’re actually having a boy, damn, did you already take that pill we gave you last week?” Ha, I can’t believe this makes headlines, what about the gays and lesbian who are killed everyday because, may I quote this article, no one made it “easier on the patient”? One more point, if this is right, then why is abortion so wrong? Wait, one more, how come gays and lezzies can’t adopt? If WE were only capable of raising homosexuals, then how did so many homos emerge??? How about answering these questions before distributing that pill.

  3. 3 maymay said at 12:00 am on August 12th, 2010:

    All good questions, Melissa D. Webb. I’m quite disgusted by the notion that an anti-lesbian pill (or an anti-intersexuality pill, as this might be more accurately called) is even desired by some soon-to-be parents. :(

    For more of our reaction to this article, listen to Kink On Tap 49, where it gets discussed in more depth. (I think the discussion about this topic starts at about 28 minutes and 30 seconds into the recording.)