I ask because it sounds like scientists could be just a couple years away from making birth control pills for men a reality. Here's how they work, according to this article in the Telegraph: The pill "removes a vital protein in sperm that is required for a woman to conceive. So while sperm still get through to the uterus they are unable to fertilise an egg." Scientists think this pill will be 100 percent effective.
If this pill gets approved and works as advertised, this could be big news. If you're a man looking to avoid having children, what are your options right now? Condoms*, a vasectomy, or finding a woman who is taking birth control of some sort (pill, IUD, etc.), right? Or abstinence or pulling out, or, I suppose, the rhythm method? Some of these options are obviously good and fine, but some are not convenient or always possible or reliable. I think putting the possibility of preventing pregnancy into the hands of individual men and women would be a great thing, as it can help everyone with family planning.
So men, what do you think? Assuming this pill gets FDA approval in this country and all that jazz, would you consider it? Women, what are your thoughts on this pill? Would it help you in your lives and in your family planning? Any concerns, anyone? Do you think the worst of the anti-choicers would target this pill as they do today's birth control pills? (And is anyone else thinking about if this scientist could develop a side-effect-free-100-percent-effective-once-a-month-pill for women??)
This article has a few more scientific details on how this pill would work.
*Condoms, of course are so important in preventing STDs! Use them!