But slapping the word "scientific" on the event title does not ensure a balanced, accurate discussion of data.
Thorn provided this rationale for the conference: "The research is showing over and over that oral contraception is simply not good medicine, but this is motivated by the agendas of population control and controlling our bodies chemically."
While a tiny minority of the speakers delivered credible, scientific presentations, the meeting as a whole was not a “scientific symposium”: it included several low scientific quality presentations; materials distributed contained poorly-balanced content; there was a lack of invited speakers with specific expertise in contraceptive research; and the organizers made several inaccurate remarks which were further promoted on Twitter.
In this Storify, I review many of the Tweets from and about this conference, which lacked a sincere attempt to strive towards objectivity. I hope it helps to advance the call for more honest, accurate discussions on the risks and benefits of various contraceptive options, so that we can ensure true informed consent, and better support happier, healthier women and couples.