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If steroids are illegal, why not contraceptives?

March 08, 2012

Anthony Esolen points out that steroids are tightly regulated, because the US government recognizes their damaging effects. He argues that there is a much stronger argument, medical and social, for tight restrictions on the use of estrogen, the active ingredient in many birth-control pills.

Both steroids and estrogen have appropriate medical uses, Esolen allows. But both can also be used for non-medical purposes: to help athletes perform or to help couples avoid pregnancy. In both cases the results are damaging to the integrity of the action, the health of the individual, and ultimately the good of society.


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