Studies – Abstinence / Pornography / Sex Outside Marriage Research

The Two Become One: The Role of Oxytocin and Vasopression

And the Two Shall Become One …A study of the human biochemistry associated with sexual intercourse suggests there is nothing casual about human sexuality. The delicate biochemistry of the human person seems to be designed and ordered to respond to intercourse by forming exclusive, intimate, stable pair-bonds that favor permanency… Though marital unity and indissolubility may perhaps seem ideal but unrealistic and even unappealing to contemporary culture, scientific research is beginning to uncover that the physiology of the person may actually be ordered to it. Sexual intercourse appears to be a threshold at which man and woman enter into a new relationship that is biochemically oriented toward staying together, geared toward their unity as a couple. Animals often serve as models for human beings in scientific research, especially in the testing of medicines and experimental medical procedures. For example, as a mammal, the mouse can be compared in numerous respects to humans and is therefore routinely used in laboratories. The same holds true for the modeling of some aspects of human behavior, though there are some very significant differences which must be acknowledged at the outset. Unlike animals, man possesses free will. Thus, while animal behavior generally follows immediately from interior biochemical signals, in man the process is far more complex. Human behavior is not only influenced by our biochemistry, but our biochemistry can be also directly influenced by our freely chosen behaviors. With this in mind, we can learn something significant about sex and monogamy by turning to the animal world. Biochemistry and Pair-Bonding Chemicals released during intercourse, such as oxytocin and vasopressin, introduce a unique effect that...

ACLU Lawyer Convicted of Child Porn Possession

Charles Rust-Tierney sentenced to 7 years in prison Charles Rust-Tierney, an attorney who served as the president of the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1993 to 2005, was arrested February 23, 2007 and charged with possession of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography, was convicted and on September 8, was sentenced to seven years in prison. Tierney had downloaded and paid for what the judge called “abhorrent” child pornography including torture and sexual assaults on children as young as 6. Police found 850 still images and 36 videos on his computer. The sentence is a year less than the minimum recommended by federal sentencing guidelines. Rust-Tierney expressed regret, saying, “I know what I have done is wrong, morally and legally. My conduct in paying the producers of this material is reprehensible. I am filled with contrition, remorse and shame.” Social and political conservatives in the US have long objected that the ACLU is the political lobby of the extreme left, and has made the suppression of public expressions of religion, particularly conservative Christianity, the main focus of its work. It lists among its goals the defence of “reproductive rights,” including contraception and abortion; full recognition of homosexual partnerings as equal to natural marriage. Read related LifeSiteNews.com coverage: ACLU Founder a Communist Ideologue Bent on Uprooting Judeo-Christian Foundation of America http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/sep/05092102.html ACLU Head Likens Praying School Board Members to 9/11 Terrorists http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/aug/05081704.html [By Hilary White, VA, September 11, 2007...

Abstinence Education Coincides With Teen Birth Decline (7/07)

http://projectreality.org:80/news/index.php?newsid=58 Posted 1 August 2007 As Congress works today to pass HR 3162, a bill which includes opening abstinence funding to states who want to teach contraception to teens, a new analysis of government data shows that increases in abstinence education funding coincide with decreasing teen birth rates. Young, African-American unmarried teens (ages 10-14) had the most drastic decrease with their birth rates being the lowest in recorded history. The birth rates for all teens ages 10-14 are the lowest in 40 years! In addition, the birth rates for all teens ages 15-19 are the lowest in 20 years. Specifically, in 1995 and 1998, when abstinence education funding was significantly increased, the teen birth rate began its sharpest decline. During the past eight years, as funding for authentic abstinence education has increased, the young, unmarried teen birth rate has been cut in half. Charts illustrating these declines can be found by clicking here for age 10-14 chart and here for age 15-17 chart. For an explanation of the charts, click here http://projectreality.org/pdf/contentmgmt/Abstinence_6_07_07-2.pdf. “Here is yet another piece of evidence proving that authentic abstinence education IS working,” stated Libby Macke, director of Project Reality. “These statistics reinforce what we’ve known all along, that teens respond to a positive abstinence message when it is given to them.” Project Reality and other abstinence education organizations across the country strive to reach teens with a message of abstinence until marriage. Comprehensive sex education programs claim to include abstinence in their messaging, however it has been found that less than 5% percent of comprehensive programs discuss abstinence at all.   “This national debate is about...

Does Abstinence Education Really Work?

http://www.projectreality.org/pdf/contentmgmt/Does_Abstinence_Education_Really_Work.pdf Question: What are the factors that have been associated with delaying sexual activity? Answer: 1. Parent-family connectedness and shared activities 2. Parental disapproval of sexual activity for teens 3. Parental disapproval of their child’s use of contraception 4. Adolescent pledge to remain a virgin until marriage 5. High level of importance placed on religion and prayer (Protecting Adolescents from Harm, The Journal of the American Medical Assoc., 9/10/97, vol. 278, #10) (Family Planning Perspectives, 28:159-165, 185, 1996)   Question: How well has the abstinence pledge worked? Answer: Teens who make virginity pledges have substantially improved life outcomes: 1. They are 2/3 less likely to experience teen pregnancy by age 18. 2. 70% were still virgins at age 18 compared to 37% of teens not making a pledge. 3. They were 1/3 less likely to give birth as teens or young adults.   4. They were 50% less likely to give birth out-of-wedlock. 5. 17% of pledgers had risky, unprotected sex compared to 28% of non-pledgers. 6. Ones who did have sex before marriage had fewer sex partners and the majority of those who were sexually active were engaged in sex with their future spouses. 7. Between the ages of 19-25, 53% of pledgers had had sexual intercourse during the prior year compared to 87% of non-pledgers. Abstinence programs are not available to teens after high school. 8. There were NO NEGATIVE risk factors associated with taking a pledge of virginity and pledgers were not less likely to use contraception than non-pledgers. 9. Pledgers were 12 times more likely to be virgins on their wedding night. (Research by Robert...

US Prison Bureau Suppresses Study Strongly Linking Child Porn to Child Molesters

Study makes a shocking (though not unexpected!) discovery – more than 85 % arrested for possession or distribution admitted molesting at least one child The Federal Prison Bureau has a new study indicating that 85% of convicted consumers of child pornography may have sexually molested a child. However the New York Times reports that the federal agency has suppressed the publication of the report out of concern that the public will misinterpret its conclusions. The Times reports that the unpublished research was conducted by psychologists at the Federal Bureau of Prisons and that it constitutes the first in-depth survey done by prison therapists of online sexual offenders’ history – everything from indecent touching to rape. The therapists were actively performing treatment. The report was to be published in the Journal of Family Violence until Judy Garrett, an official with the Prison Bureau, requested in April that it be withdrawn saying the report did not meet “agency approval.” “We believe it unwise to generalize from limited observations gained in treatment or in records review to the broader population of persons who engage in such behavior,” states a letter from a bureau official obtained by the Times. A draft of the paper obtained by the Times show the study was conducted by two psychologists, Andres E. Hernandez and Michael L. Bourke, and surveyed 155 male inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, North Carolina. All these prisoners were serving sentences for either possession or distribution of child pornography. The psychologists then made a shocking discovery. More than 85 percent of these men admitted to sexually molesting at least one child,...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Law Protecting Children from Porn as Violating Free Speech

A US district court judge stuck down a 1998 law passed by Congress against Internet pornography that made it a crime for commercial website operators to let children under 18 view pornographic materials. Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr., who presided over the four-week trial last fall, ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union that the 1998 Child Online Protection Act (COPA) violated a constitutional right to free speech. The judge ruled that while the law intends to protect children from commercial pornography, parents can protect their children through software filters and other less restrictive means that do not impinge upon the rights of others to unrestricted access to pornography. “Perhaps we do the minors of this country harm if First Amendment protections, which they will with age inherit fully, are chipped away in the name of their protection,” wrote Reed in his 84-page long decision. However, Justice Department attorneys argued the government has a duty to help parents protect their children from viewing online pornography. “It is not reasonable for the government to expect all parents to shoulder the burden to cut off every possible source of adult content for their children, rather than the government’s addressing the problem at its source,” Peter D. Keisler argued in a post-trial brief. COPA would have criminalized US-based websites that allow children to access material deemed “harmful to minors” according to “contemporary community standards.” The law required pornographic sites to require a credit card number or other proof of age, and remove “teaser” pornographic images from their access pages. Penalties included a $50,000 fine and up to six...

Teen Brain Development & Teen Smoking

TEENS LESS LIKELY TO CONSIDER OTHER'S FEELINGS WHEN DECIDING. If the teens in your life sometimes seem oblivious to the feelings of those around them, especially when making decisions,…well, maybe they are, according to a new study on the teen brain. Researchers from a British university report that the medial frontal cortex, the part of the brain used to determine others’ motivations, as well as anticipate their reactions to words or incidents, are undeveloped and under-used in teens.   They depend, instead, on the superior temporal sulcus, a brain area which uses the past to predict the future. According to researcher Dr. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, "It seems that adults might be better at putting themselves in other people's mental shoes and thinking about the emotional impact of actions…The relative difficulty that teenagers have could be down to them using a different strategy when trying to understand someone else's perspective, perhaps because the relevant part of the brain is still developing. The other factor to consider is that adults have had much more social experience…Whatever the reasons, it is clear that teenagers are dealing with, not only massive hormonal shifts, but also substantial neural changes. These changes do not happen gradually and steadily between the ages of 0-18. They come on in great spurts and puberty is one of the most dramatic developmental stages." [“Feelings Matter Less To Teenagers, New Research Suggests,” Medical News Today, 09-09-06, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=51154; Abst Clrnghse, 13Sept06]     Teen Brain Development Dr. Jay Giedd, chief of brain imaging in the child psychiatry branch at the National Institute of Mental Health, has spent more than 13 years performing...

A Generation of Easy Porn… What Does it Mean for Couples?

Marriages and relationships break up for all the familiar reasons, but counselors report a steady increase in the number of couples who blame pornography for their troubles. Porn can be accessed with ease in hotel rooms, through the mail, and above all, on the internet. Although it is increasingly viewed as a harmless, or at least, a private choice, a survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2003 revealed that online porn was a “significant” factor in half the divorces handled by these attorneys. College reporter Candice Novak sounds a warning: “The main question is whether the negative effects of porn (divorce, obsession, female degradation) will intensify or level out.” [“30 years later, porn affecting couples,” kaleo.org, 09-12-06, http://www.kaleo.org/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/09/12/450664644a3d8; Abst Clrnghse,...

Teen Sexual Behavior, Sexual Health Update 2005

Teen Sexual Behavior: More than half of teens are not sexually active*. • Teen sexual activity rates are decreasing.     1995: 49% of females sexually active   2002: 46% of females sexually active     1995: 55% of males sexually active   2002: 46% of males sexually active   *Definition: Having had vaginal intercourse   Teen Thoughts on Sex: Teens want committed relationships and sex later. • 85% of teens think sex should take place only in committed relationships.   • More than 70% of teens don’t think it’s okay to have sex in high school.   • Most sexually active teens wish they had waited longer to have sex.   Parents Thoughts on Teen Sex: Parents want teens to be taught to delay sex. • 79% of parents believe that sex should be linked to love, intimacy and commitment and that these qualities are most likely to occur within marriage.   • 85% of parents believe abstinence from sexual activity is best for teens.    • More than 90% of adults think society should encourage teens to wait for sex until after high school.   Teen Childbearing: At a historic low! • “Childbearing among teenagers declined for the 12th straight year to another historic low.”   Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD): A real health threat – abstinence is 100% effective. • Approximately 18.9 million new cases of STD occurred in 2000, of which 9.1 million (48%) were among persons aged 15-24. Three STDs (human papillomavirus (HPV), trichomoniasis and chlamydia) accounted for 88% of all new cases of STD among 15-24-year-olds.    Condom Use/Effectiveness: Nearly 40 years of teaching and...

Teen Pregnancy, Birth, Abortion Rates (CDC, 2003)

Since 1990, pregnancy rates have declined substantially for teenagers aged 15–17 years. From 1990 to 2000, the pregnancy rate decreased 33%, from 80.3 per 1,000 females to 53.5, a record low. The birth rate declined 42%, from its peak at 38.6 in 1991 to 22.4 in 2003. The induced abortion rate peaked in 1983 at 30.7 and decreased by more than half to 14.5 by 2000. SOURCES: Ventura SJ, Abma JC, Mosher WD, Henshaw S. Estimated pregnancy rates for the United States, 1990–2000: an update; and Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Sutton PD. Births: preliminary data for 2003. These reports and additional information are available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/births.htm. MMWR, Weekly February 4, 2005 / 54(04);100 "QuickStats: Pregnancy, Birth, and Abortion Rates* for Teenagers Aged 15–17 Years — United States,...

CDC: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, 2005

  53.2% of High School Students have NOT engaged in sexual activity, 2005  Priority health-risk behaviors, which contribute to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youth and adults, often are established during childhood and adolescence, extend into adulthood, are interrelated, and are preventable. The Reporting Period Covered October 2004–January 2006. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults, including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. In addition, the YRBSS monitors general health status and the prevalence of overweight and asthma. YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by CDC and state and local school-based surveys conducted by state and local education and health agencies. This report summarizes results from the national survey, 40 state surveys, and 21 local surveys conducted among students in grades 9–12 during October 2004–January 2006. Results: In the United States, 71% of all deaths among persons aged 10–24 years result from four causes: motor-vehicle crashes, other unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide. Results from the 2005 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) indicated that, during the 30 days preceding the survey, many high school students engaged in behaviors that increased their likelihood of death from these 4 causes: 9.9% had driven a car or other vehicle when they had been drinking alcohol; 18.5% had carried a weapon; 43.3% had drunk alcohol; and 20.2% had used marijuana. In addition, during the...

Christians who Pledge Abstinence More Likely to Wait Till Marriage (2/06)

A new survey of newlyweds suggests that, though true love does not always wait, it waits more often if it starts with a formal pledge of purity. While a majority of church-going young couples in the Texas survey acknowledged having sexual intercourse before marriage, the study suggested Baptist couples were much more likely to wait until their wedding night if they took a formal abstinence pledge, such as Southern Baptists’ True Love Waits program. The program gained popularity in the 1990s. Many of the earliest generations of youths to take the pledges have since entered into their first marriages. Byron Weathersbee, interim chaplain at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, analyzed such sexual-purity pledges and sex education in a Christian context as the focus of his doctoral dissertation. He surveyed young married couples in Texas Baptist churches to examine how – and how much – churches made an impact on their sexual behavior. Of the young Christians surveyed, six out of 10 who made sexual purity pledges abstained from sexual intercourse until marriage. But only three of 10 who didn’t take a formal pledge remained chaste. All of the surveyed individuals – who had been married less than five years – professed faith in Christ. Of that figure, 99 percent attended church, 84 percent said they grew up in church and 87 percent grew up in a two-parent home. Even so, 62 percent of the males and 65 percent of the females engaged in sexual intercourse before marriage, Weathersbee discovered. Nine out of 10 who acknowledged sexual activity prior to marriage never took a True Love Waits purity pledge. “To...

Federal Longitudinal Study on Abstinence: Helps Youth Make Healthy Choices (6/05)

First-year Findings from Federal Longitudinal Study on Abstinence-Education an Important Contribution to Helping Youth Make Healthy Choices  The findings of a major longitudinal study of abstinence-education released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS) provide further evidence that abstinence-education is the only intervention that helps youth avoid risky sexual behavior. These are the findings of a five-year longitudinal study following youth in 4 abstinence-education programs. The report clearly reveals that students who participate in abstinence-education programs have a fuller understanding of the consequences of early sexual activity and are more likely to recognize the avoidance of sexual behavior as a postive choice. They were also less likely to view having sex in their adolescent years as a healthy choice. These are the findings of a five-year longitudinal study following youth in 4 abstinence-education programs. The report, prepared by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. for US DHHS, only explored attitudinal changes of participating youth. It did not examine behavioral changes. The behavioral impact of the programs will be reported after the study concludes in 2006. This report is further evidence that abstinence-education programs, by helping youth understand healthy relationships and the risks of early sexual activity and by strengthening their decision-making and communication skills, are having a positive impact on the lives of students. While pointing out that the findings released focus on attitudinal change and do not yet reveal anything about the behavioral impact of the four programs being studied, there is a growing body of research documenting the impact of abstinence-education on behavior. For example, at least 2 peer-reviewed studies of abstinence-education programs have found that these programs...

Virginity Pledgers Have Lower STD Rates & Engage in Fewer Sexual Behaviors (6/05)

New Study Re-Examines Virginity Pledge: “Junk science” exposed at HHS conference. The US House of Reps officially approved a $10.82 million increase for abstinence education 24June [Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill]. This vote follows other good abstinence news: A new study, by Rector & Johnson, reexamining data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health [Add Health] [database funded by the US gov’t], found Virginity Pledges to be helpful tools in deterring sexual activity. This Heritage Fdn study pointed out serious and consequential flaws in an analysis of virginity pledges released in 4/05 by Peter Bearman [Columbia Univ] & Hannah Bruckner [Yale] [4/05, Journal of Adolescent Health] who publicly defamed abstinence education. Kristi Hayes [Dir, Government Affairs, Abstinence Clearinghouse]: “Abstinence education continues to be proven effective. Is anyone really surprised? Abstinence education is common sense. Kids want relationships and security. They want meaning and purpose in their lives. Abstinence education teaches kids how they can have a healthy, happy future. That’s why it works.” For more than a decade, abstinence educators have encouraged young people to abstain from sexual activity & to take a verbal or written pledge to abstain from sex until marriage. Although abstinence programs have received recent negative coverage, the new report released at the Welfare Research & Evaluation Conference hosted by the US Dept of Health & Human Services (HHS) seeks to clarify previous findings. The new research validates what abstinence educators have known all along — abstinence pledges work. The new research was conducted by Robert Rector and Dr. Kirk Johnson of Heritage Foundation: "Adolescents who take virginity pledges are...

Love Potion Number "0"

Research is showing this hormone is one secret to a happy marriage. The Searchers had the right idea, but the wrong recipe. The popular British rock group sang about “Love Potion #9″. What the Searchers didn’t know is that there really is a love potion –– a chemical that is induced when a couple shares touch, closeness and/or intimacy. Called “oxytocin,” the neuropeptide isolated by neuroscientists and dubbed the “cuddle hormone” has crucial influence on a couple’s bonding. Researchers know that oxytocin is produced naturally in the brain –– in the hypothalamus –– and that it is released when a couple becomes physically intimate, most especially during sexual orgasm, producing strong bonding in both men and women. For women, it increases trust and immediately produces feelings of attachment, just as dozens of pre-feminist Hollywood movies dramatized. What researchers have discovered, however, is something a movie couldn’t show:  oxytocin also increases a man’s sperm count, facilitates sperm transport and strengthens male ejaculation. In short, it causes greater male potency. The researchers’ experiments have shown that this natural chemical dramatically affects many species and that blocking the hormone can short-circuit a mother’s maternal nurturing instincts and cause her to reject her offspring. On the positive side, oxytocin is also released in the mother when an infant nurses, and it stimulates contractions during the birth process – it is used in the delivery room to trigger labor. Its long-run contribution to the infant’s well-being, though, is that oxytocin (and the closely related male hormone vasopressin) is a key ingredient in the process of pair bonding –– creating a family that can become...

Assessing Proposals for Preschool and Kindergarten: Essential Information for Parents & Taxpayers

[Editor: This is a synthesis of research dealing with effect of general formal education on small children. While this is not directly associated with abstinence education, it points to the damage that can be done by teaching inappropriate information to children too early. The same would hold true for teaching children in the latent period about sexual matters…] Excerpt p. 4-5 (emphasis added):A significant body of research shows that formal early education can be detrimental to mainstream children. David Elkind, professor of child development at Tufts University and author of numerous books on cognitive and social development in children and adolescents, explains: “The image of child competence introduced in the 1960s was intended to remedy some of the social inequalities visited upon low-income children. But the publicity given the arguments of child competence was read and heard by educators and middleclass parents as well . . . For this reason it was uncritically appropriated for middle-class children by parents and educators. While the image of childhood competence has served a useful function for low-income children and children with special needs, it has become the rationale for the miseducation of middle-class children…” [8] Elkind explains that children who receive academic instruction too early — generally before age six or seven — are often put at risk for no apparent gain. By attempting to teach the wrong things at the wrong time, early instruction can permanently damage a child’s self esteem, reduce a child’s natural eagerness to learn, and block a child’s natural gifts and talents. He concludes: “There is no evidence that such early instruction has lasting benefits, and considerable...

Teen (Adolescent) Pregnancy, Births, and Abortion (PC,1/99)

The Decline in Adolescent Pregnancy, Birth and Abortion Rates in the 1990s: What Factors Are Responsible? by The Physicians Consortium (formerly the Consortium of State Physicians Resource Councils), 7January1999  http://www.physconsortium.com/pdfs/teen_birthrate_01_07_99.pdf The Number of Teen Abortions in 1999 Lowest Since ROE, 1973 –According to the AGI data, there were 835,930 pregnancies among girls ages 15-19 in 1999:   475,745 of which ended in birth, 240,940 of which ended in abortion, and slightly more than 119,000 ended in miscarriage. Because of the difficulty in gathering the abortion data needed to calculate pregnancy data, the AGI data lag about 2 years behind birth data reports. In 1973, there were 231,900 abortions in this age group. The fewest teen abortions were 191,000 in 1972. “What I find most encouraging is that the abortion rate for teens is lower than it has ever been since abortion became legal,” said O’Bannon of NRLC. “That means that fewer teens are seeing abortion as any kind of solution… And that bodes well for the future.” According to the data, there were 85.6 pregnancies for every 1,000 girls ages 15-19 in 1999, 27% lower than the record high of 116.9 pregnancies per 1,000 teens in 1990. Also, there were 24.7 abortions for every 1,000 teen pregnancies, the lowest rate since 1973, when the rate was 22.8 abortions for every 1,000 teen pregnancies. AGI researchers attributed about one-fourth of the decline in the teen pregnancy rate to increased abstinence among teens and the remainder to changes in behavior… A study published in the spring issue of Adolescent and Family Health Journal said that among unmarried girls, abstinence accounted for the entire decline...

HHS Study: Abstinence Education Effective (6/05)

A new study released 14June05 by the US Department of Health and Human Services, and completed by a contract with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc, reveals that abstinence education works. According to the interim report, teens who participated in abstinence programs had an increased awareness of the potential consequences of sexual activity before marriage, thought more highly of abstinent behaviors, and had less favorable opinions about sexual activity before marriage than did students who were not in abstinence programs. The federal government only began funding abstinence education relatively recently, as part of the 1996 welfare reform. The feds did something unusual when they funded abstinence education; a long-term study of the program was simultaneously authorized to track whether the programs made a positive difference in teenagers’ lives, as proponents expected. A Department of HHS-funded study, started in 1998, tracked 2,310 students; 60 percent were assigned randomly to an abstinence-based program, and the rest were assigned to control groups. The results are now in: Teens in abstinence programs are more likely to hold strong views in favor of sexual abstinence and against out-of-wedlock sexual relations than their counterparts who were not enrolled in abstinence-based programs. Those enrolled in the programs also were far more likely to understand the negative consequences of sex outside of marriage. “Students who are in these [abstinence education] programs are recognizing that abstinence is a positive choice,” HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Michael O’Grady said. “Abstinence education programs that help our young people address issues of healthy relationships, self-esteem, decision-making, and effective communications are important to keeping them healthy and safe.” Leslee J. Unruh, president...

Viagra Causing Blindness?

A scientist has revealed that Viagra may be responsible for causing blindness in some of its users. Dr. H Pomeranz [Univ of MN Medical School, Neuro-ophthalmologist] was the first to associate the use of the anti-impotence drug Viagra with blindness — his first published case report implicating the drug was in 1998. In 3/05, Pomeranz published a report detailing another 7 cases — 6 had lost vision within 24 hours of use of the agent [his findings published in Journal of Neuroopthalmology]. The US Food & Drug Administration [FDA] told CBS News that it has 50 reports of possible association between use of the drug Viagra & vision loss. A senior FDA medical official said, “We’re very concerned. This issue is front and center, it’s a priority. We know people need to know as promptly as possible.” Viagra manufacturer Pfizer Inc. confirmed 27May [MarketWatch news] that the company is revising its label information to include the warning that blindness may occur in rare cases. [LifeSiteNews.com,...