Apparently in the US the Republicans are advocating that the general public be given the opportunity to comment on the usefulness or suitability of publicly funded research. While on the face of it this might not seem to be related to menstruation research, it allows targetted campaigns against controversial research, such as that related to sexuality, abortion, etc. Moreover, stigmatized areas of research, like those related to menstruation, may also trigger reactions from people who feel that this is not a suitable topic for study.

In any case, it’s worth double checking titles and lay abstracts with this potential scrutiny in mind.

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