Contraception – Chemical Methods / Hormonal Contraception / Emergency / Morning After Pill

Former Topless Femen Protester Testifies Against Abortion before Brazilian Congress

Sara Fernanda Giromini, a former feminist who once bared her breasts in public to protest against Christian sexual morality, testified recently in the Brazilian National Congress on the devastation she suffered as a result of an abortion she procured during her years as a radical leftist. Giromini, who is famous for having founded Brazil’s Femen branch under the alias “Sara Winter,” and who later led a group called “Bastardx,” made headlines late last year when she apologized to Christians and announced her rejection of feminism, homosexuality, and abortion. “You don’t have any idea of what it’s like to live with this guilt, and the incentive that the feminist movement creates to facilitate this kind of crime is very great,” Giromini told the Brazilian Senate’s Human Rights Committee. Giromini told the committee that she had joined the feminist movement in search of companionship and mutual support, but found little sympathy for her economic plight when she found herself pregnant and in need of help following an abusive relationship. READ: Ultra-feminist founder of Femen Brazil declares herself pro-life, apologizes to Christians Instead of offering her support for keeping her baby, her feminist companions urged her to illegally kill her unborn child by inducing an abortion, claiming her baby was nothing more than a “clump of cells.” “I have come here to denounce the fact that the feminist movement in Brazil has groups organized on Facebook that facilitate abortion for other women, who cooperate to collect money to buy Cytotec to cause abortions,” Giromini said. “I was in a group of feminists seeking help, a hug from friends, but what I found...

North Carolina Doctor Is Saving Babies Even After Chemical Abortion Had Already Started

A North Carolina doctor is saving unborn babies and giving their mothers hope that they can reverse a nearly fatal mistake. Dr. Matthew Harrison, and other doctors, have helped 213 mothers reverse the effects of their chemical abortions and have saved their babies’ lives by using a new abortion pill reversal technology, Fox 46 in Charlotte, North Carolina, reported [ http://www.fox46charlotte.com/news/local-news/44018071-story ]. Harrison, associate medical director of the program, worked with Dr. George Delgado to develop the abortion pill reversal technology and offer it to women across the world. To date, the new technology has saved 137 healthy babies’ lives, and 76 more mothers are still pregnant with their unborn babies, according to the report. In a mifepristone (Mifeprex, formerly known as ‘RU 486’) pill-based abortion, pregnant women are given two drugs and directed to take them three days apart. The first, mifepristone, blocks the hormone progesterone from getting to the growing baby, starving it of the nutrients it needs to survive. The second drug, misoprostol, taken 48-72 hours later, triggers uterine contractions to expel the dead baby. Women eventually complete the abortion at home, sometimes during traumatic and painful uterine contractions, and deliver a dead baby. The abortion pill reversal team found that women who receive high doses of progesterone shortly after taking the first abortion pill can override the action of the progesterone blocker, and save the baby’s life, LifeNews.com previously reported. “We’ve only had one or two women who have called and already taken the second abortion pill, and unfortunately those cases were not successful in reversing because they had already started the labor process,” Harrison...

Schools Put Girls as Young as 12 on the Pill Without Their Parents Knowing

In Britain, one in 20 minors are being prescribed birth control pills without their parents’ knowledge. The Daily Mail reports that some of these girls are as young as 12-years-old, and approximately 75,000 girls under the age of 16 receive the pill every year. This is a 50% increase in a decade. Unfortunately, parents are not aware that their daughters are on the pill because doctors aren’t required to inform them. The British pro-life group, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), said the following about the statistics: “Giving birth-control pills to under-age girls is uncaring towards children, undermines parents and exploits an uninformed public. It is uncaring towards children, because it ignores the fact that sexually-transmitted infections among teenagers have risen at the same time as increased provision of contraceptives. They continued, “It undermines parents by denying them their right and responsibility to govern their children’s behavior. It exploits an uninformed public, because no-one is told that, according to the manufacturers, the ordinary birth-control pill can kill newly-conceived embryos. In short, schoolchildren and parents are being betrayed by the birth control policies at work in Britain.” In the past, doctors have warned that the effect of oral contraceptives on minor girls is unknown and there could be long-term health risks for teenagers. They also said the pill encourages girls to engage in risky sexual behavior and normalizes underage sex, which results in more sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers. In fact, the statistics show that chlamydia cases have doubled to 206,774 in Britain; gonorrhea cases to 34,958; and herpes cases have increased by 79%. These diseases can be...

The Cause of the Rise in Morning After Pill Use

A new poll published in July 2015 has shown that an increasing number of teen girls are using the morning-after pill on a regular basis. Even though far fewer teenagers are having sex than teens a generation ago, more than 1 in 5 sexually-active teen girls have used the morning-after pill. Just a decade earlier, that number was 1 in 12 [ of sexually active girls]. The rise could be attributed to the fact that minors can now get the morning-after pill without a prescription. However, we also believe that the increase is due to the Obama administration’s change in the kind of sex-education being given to our American teens. Rather than teaching abstinence until marriage and the value of sex, our teens are learning [incorrectly] that sexual exploration is a good and healthy thing. It is not. Please remind the teens in your life that they don’t have to be sexually active to be normal in our culture. In fact, the percentage of sexually active teens ages 15-19 has declined 14% among girls and 22% among boys over the last 25 years. The most fulfilling, risk-free, sexual relationships can only be found within marriage! [http://www.abstinence.net/our-blog/comprehensive-sex-ed/the-cause-of-the-rise-in-morning-after-pill-use/ ; Abstinence Clearinghouse, 5 Aug 2015,...

The Pill Kills Again: Tragedy Strikes as 21-year-old Dies after 25 Days on The Pill (2015)

She died after 25 days on the pill. She was only 21. As in so many blood clot cases caused by birth control, she was misdiagnosed when she went to the hospital struggling to breathe and experiencing pain in her legs and ribs. She was sent home diagnosed with a bruised sternum. Four days later, she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. On May 14, three days after arriving at the hospital, she was pronounced dead. According to an article in Cosmopolitan, tests revealed a large blood clot on her lung. Her name was Fallan Kurek, and she worked with disabled children in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. She had started taking the pill—a combination oral contraceptive—to regulate her menstrual cycle. Why wasn’t Fallan warned about the possibility of blood clots that accompany pill use? Why did the hospital not immediately connect her symptoms to the contraceptive she had just started taking? Fallan’s devastated mother was quoted in the Birmingham Mail, “She was only on it to regulate her periods. I couldn’t believe nobody had said the pill could do this. It should say it on the pack that they can kill and the label.” Annually, one in every 3000 women taking birth control pills will develop blood clots. It is well known all across the medical community that the pill increases the risk for deadly blood clots. And that information is indeed printed on the very lengthy packet insert, which most women never read. But it is not displayed on the packet, the label, or any other prominent place. And even knowing of the possibility of blood...

The Dangerous Consequences of the Morning-After Pill

We are told by the media and our culture today that abortion is a woman’s issue and men should stay out of the debate. After all, abortion on demand empowers women, gives them options to navigate a “man’s world,” and allows them to throw off the shackles of an unwanted pregnancy. At least that’s what abortion supporters tell us… Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. As I explain in my book Abortion: The Ultimate Exploitation of Women, legalized abortion was first promoted and propagated by men for the purpose of controlling and oppressing women. Women were only pulled into the effort to legalize abortion once men realized it would expedite the process. Most people cringe when they hear that truth. But the facts speak for themselves. Abortion was first legalized in an effort to curb population growth, eliminate “substandard” races (known as eugenics), and give men a “get out of jail free card” to use if and when they got a woman pregnant and weren’t prepared for fatherhood. (This is all laid out in the first four chapters of my book.) Now it’s been 43 years since abortion was legalized in America, and we can clearly see that the intended results have been achieved. Approximately fifty-seven million citizens are missing from our society. According to the latest Abortion Surveillance report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in the 10 states in which the most abortions were performed during 2011, approximately 60 percent of all aborted babies were black or Hispanic. …60% were black or Hispanic A very troubling trend is the latest string of cases in...

Plan B More Likely to End Pregnancy, Not Prevent Pregnancy: Journal Calls it ‘Emergency Abortion’

[Comment: Plan B (and the later Ella drug to be taken even a week later) were made possible when in the 1960s, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ redefined of the beginning of life from conception to implantation in the uterus to provide cover for the contraceptive Pill. This ignores the fact that the newly conceived human being travels down the fallopian tube to implant in the womb. This is why the president of Reproductive Health Technologies Project states “Whether LNG-EC disrupts ovulation, interferes with fertilization or prevents implantation is irrelevant, since all three function to prevent pregnancy under established medical definitions…” Regarding the ACOG/abortion/pharmaceutical position that pregnancy/life begins at implantation in the uterus, a thinking person made this great point: “The supposed medical definition of pregnancy as starting at uterine implantation ignores the fact that fallopian implantation is called ectopic PREGNANCY!” N. Valko RN] Plan B More Likely to End Pregnancy, Not Prevent Pregnancy: Journal Calls it ‘Emergency Abortion’ Pills used to prevent unplanned pregnancies are likelier to end a pregnancy than to stop one, and hospitals should rethink whether to provide them, say the authors of a scientific review article in a medical journal. Dr. Chris Kahlenborn and his colleagues, in a paper in the new Linacre Quarterly, said the chances of abortion are so high that the pills should be renamed “emergency abortion/contraception” — or “EC.” The new report should also give pause to emergency room doctors and others who prescribe EC to rape victims, they said, as it appears that ingesting EC on the day of ovulation or shortly thereafter not only doesn’t stop...

Yes, Plan B Can Kill Embryos

Media report that Plan B has no effect on human embryos, but research studies don’t support that conclusion. By Dr. Donna Harrison, Director of Research and Public Policy of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists Plan B Some researchers and others have claimed categorically that Plan B — a high dose of Levonorgestrel — has no effect on human embryos. Media outlets in recent days have echoed these claims. The research studies, however, don’t support that conclusion. Numerous studies and reviews published over the last 20 years have shed light on the nine critical steps from fertilization to a successful pregnancy that proceeds to term: Step 1: At the beginning of a woman’s cycle, a new batch of eggs starts to mature in a woman’s ovary. Step 2: The woman’s brain (specifically, the pituitary gland) sends a signal to her ovaries to cause the eggs in the batch to grow, and one will mature more than the others. Step 3: The pituitary sends a big signal — a surge of luteinizing hormones, called the “LH surge” — to tell the ovary to get ready to release that one matured egg. That surge allows the egg to be released within the next 24 hours. The LH surge also causes the place where the egg was released from, the corpus luteum, to produce another hormone, progesterone, which later enables the embryo to survive. Step 4: The woman’s ovary releases an egg, which must be fertilized within 24 hours or else is incapable of fertilization. Step 5: An embryo is formed at fertilization (sperm penetrates egg). Step 6: The embryo...

EC/MAP Legislative Information

Legislative Info —  “Emergency Contraception” Education Background: In 2003, measures called Emergency Contraception Education Acts (H.R. 1812, S. 896) were introduced in both the House and Senate. These bills authorize $10 million for each of the Fiscal Years 2004 through 2008 for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to promote education on emergency contraception in the public and private sectors. Entities involved include nonprofit organizations, consumer groups, institutions of higher education, Federal, State, or local agencies, clinics, the media, and health care providers. “Emergency contraception” is defined as a drug or device (as specified in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act) or a drug regimen that is used after sexual relations and “prevents pregnancy, by preventing ovulation, fertilization of an egg, or implantation of an egg in a uterus (emphasis added).” In the statement of findings, this definition is phrased as follows: “Emergency contraception, also known as post-coital contraception, is a responsible means of preventing pregnancy that works like other hormonal contraception to delay ovulation, prevent fertilization or prevent implantation (emphasis added).” The language in the main section of the bill and in the preliminary findings concedes in fact that “emergency contraceptives” are sometimes abortifacient. Attempting to obscure this meaning, the findings also state: “Emergency contraception does not cause abortion and will not affect an established pregnancy.” In this way, the bill asserts that only an established pregnancy can be aborted. The destruction of human life from conception to the time of implantation is not considered to be abortifacient. The bill bolsters this erroneous notion by referring to the “implantation of an egg in a uterus”...

Plan B / Morning-After Pill (MAP/EC): Its Domestic & International Links

"The near-simultaneous emergence of this hot political topic [the morning-after pill] in several…countries is 'certainly not by chance,' says Carlos Polo, a representative of the Population Research Institute in south America. According to Polo: "'There is a similar pattern used to introduce the "morning-after pill" in the countries of the region. First, a government decree is passed to include the drug in public health programs — thus avoiding the debate in Congress. Then its abortifacient effect is blatantly denied. And finally the whole concept of abortion is redefined to move the country one step closer to its legalization.'" [Alejandro Bermudez, "Girded for Battle", CWN, 8/04] “The efforts to pressure the U.S. Food and Drug Admin (FDA) into approving the morning-after pill (MAP) for over-the-counter (OTC) distribution are inextricably linked to the int’l abortion industry. "The founder of Women's Capital Corp [applicant for FDA approval of OTC/MAP] organized the first efforts to promote MAP globally. U.S. taxpayers should not be surprised that the US Agency for Int’l Dev’t (USAID) has been actively involved in promoting and distributing morning-after pills (MAP) to poor women and girls in developing nations, long before the probable abortion-inducing chemical ever became well-known in America… "Norplant, a chemical with the same active ingredient as MAP, has been discontinued in the U.S., but USAID continues to flood developing nations with Norplant. Long before the FDA approved MAP by prescription only, USAID was routinely funding events designed to expand global access to MAP, and groups which actively import the dangerous drug.(1) "In Uganda, USAID initiated "new Commercial Market Strategies project (CMS)" to introduce MAPs into the general population....

October – February 2014: Birth Control

   FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES/ BIRTH CONTROL" IN THE LEFT MENU… New! Hormonal Contraceptives Increase Risk of Gestational Diabetes New! ‘The Pill’ Shrinks Ovaries, Cuts Egg Numbers Link Between Breast Cancer and Contraceptives, Too Big to Ignore A Reasoned Response to Guttmacher Hysteria Abortifacients, Emergency Contraception, and Terminating Pregnancy Family Planning and Abortion: Two Sides of the Same Coin Studies Show All Emergency Contraceptives Can Cause Early Abortion Who is In Control?: Microchip Contraceptives New Studies Show All Emergency Contraceptives Can Cause Early Abortion Despite Condoms and “Safe Sex”, 50,000 New Annual USA HIV Infections New Study Links Birth Control Pill with Multiple Sclerosis Hormonal Contraceptives Nearly Double Stroke Risk in Women: American Heart Association Two-Thirds (2/3, 66%) of Women Seeking Abortions Were Using Contraception When They Conceived; 40% Were Using 'The Pill' Old But Good: Infertility Drugs and the Risk of Breast Cancer, F&S 2003 … Hormonal Contraceptives Increase Risk of Gestational Diabetes In a recent health study, doctors found that women with a history of hormonal contraceptive use had 40 percent greater chance of developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Health reserachers discovered the correlation by analyzing health data from ~2741 pregnancies — data collected for two surveys conducted by the Missouri Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) in 2007 and 2008. [17 July 2014, www.upi.com; ALL News, Aug-Sept 2014] ‘The Pill’ Shrinks Ovaries, Cuts Egg Numbers The birth control pill significantly affects ovarian reserve— or the number of immature eggs in a woman’s ovaries— which can be a predictor of future fertility. This is according to a team in Denmark, who reported to the...

July – January 2013: Birth Control

 FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES/ BIRTH CONTROL" IN THE LEFT MENU… ‘Just the Tip of the Iceberg’: 23 Canadian Women Dead in 6 years While on Yaz/Yasmin Birth Control Girls Need Prescription for Tanning But Not for Plan B Obama Admin Drops Appeal of Court Ruling Ordering Plan B Sold to Girls as Young as 11 / Obama Admin OKs Morning After Pill for Young Girls, Sexual Predators / Planned Parenthood Celebrates Obama Giving Morning After Pill to Kids U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2013: Adapted from the World Health Organization Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2nd Edition  FDA Makes Plan B Contraceptive Available to 15-Year-Olds: With This Administration’s Endorsement, the Federal Drug Agency Authorizes Over-The-Counter Distribution of ‘Morning-After Pill’ to Young Teenagers Unintended Pregnancy Rates Rise Despite Increased Contraception Use American College of Pediatricians Opposes Allowing Teens to Buy Plan B Drug Young Women’s Breast Cancer Rates Rising The “Pill Kills” Receives YouTube Attention British Study Confirms Oral Contraceptives Cause Pre-menopausal Breast Cancer Justice Department Appeals FDA Ruling Selling Plan B Pill to Teens Teens, Plan B Drug and the Demise of Parental Rights Morning-After Pill: Human Trafficking's Best Friend? ‘Nobody Mentioned the Risk’: Woman Paralyzed After Taking Contraceptive Pill Speaks Out More People Exposed to STDs 'Thanks' to Higher Plan B Drug Use French Study: 20 Deaths Per Year Attributed to Contraceptive Pill Use Contraception-Suicide Connection: British Studies Report Shows Growing Use of Morning-After Pill, But Does Not Report Dangers Study: Free Emergency Contraception in Washington State Increases STD Rates / ‘Emergency Contraception’ Increases STD Rates, Does Not Reduce Abortions, Another Study...

December – July 2012: Birth Control

  FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES/ BIRTH CONTROL" IN THE LEFT MENU… The Mirena IUD is Becoming More Popular – and the Lawsuits are Piling Up WORTH READING: Birth Control May Boost Risk of Carrying Staph Bacteria WORTH READING:  Texan Surgeon Gives Hope to Sterilized Men Seeking Wholeness Norplant is Back… Norplant, Under Any Other Name, Is Still… WORTH READING: Biochemistry of Sex: What They Didn’t Tell You in Sex Ed Commentary: The Real Risks of Birth Control Pills Experts: No Need to Spend Billions on Family Planning or Contraception WORTH READING: Study: Contraceptive Pills Put Teen Girls at Increased Risk of High Blood Pressure WORTH READING: Hormonal Contraception Can Doubly Increase Women’s Risk Of Acquiring and Transmitting HIV Oral Contraceptive Use Raises Blood Clot Risk in Women with Iliac Vein Condition WORTH READING: Study: Depo Provera Use Increases Breast Cancer Risk WORTH READING: Some Information on EC (Emergency Contraception) That You May Not Know Dr. Lanfranchi: The Perilous Pill… The Mirena IUD is Becoming More Popular – and the Lawsuits are Piling Up by Steven W. Mosher You know a contraceptive drug or device is in trouble when the lawsuits begin to multiply. A growing number of American women are turning to intrauterine devices (IUDs), reports Lawrence Finer of the Guttmacher Institute. Of all American women using birth control, some 7.5 percent had IUDs implanted by 2009. These numbers were double what they had been a few short years before. As befits an employee of a population control organization, Finer is pleased that women are choosing “long-acting” contraceptives over “short-acting, less effective methods.” Fertility delayed is...

Colorado Offers Free Birth Control

[Comment: Note this quote from the article: “According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, about 9% of women using the pill, patch, or ring for three years will get pregnant.” (emphasis added)  The article is titled “Effectiveness of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception”  [N Engl J Med 2012; 366:1998-2007, May 24, 2012, http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1110855 ] But if you read the actual study, the study’s statistics are even worse: “Annual failure rates with typical use of oral contraceptive pills are estimated at 9% for the general population, 13% for teenagers, and 30% or higher for some high-risk subgroups.” (emphasis added) With these rates and school sex education programs promoting the Pill, Planned Parenthood becomes a self-perpetuating abortion industry. [Ed. The abortion industry has been aware of these failure rates since at least the 1960s.] The article’s point is this quote: “The emphasis on long-acting contraception, like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, is important because the devices are permanent and last for years” and claims “the same NEJM study found that about 2% of women using an IUD for three years got pregnant.” (emphasis added) Unmentioned is the potential for the longer-acting contraceptive to hide an infertility issue when such contraceptives are used for years. [Ed. or the increased risk of various cancers, or the effects of artificial estrogen in the environment, or the abortifacient potential of IUDs and chemical ‘contraceptives’…] As far as longer-acting contraceptives like the IUDs and implants, problems like cost and side effects such as pain, bleeding, etc. have led almost 1 out of 4 women to stop using them according to a 2013 medical journal...

May – January 2012: Birth Control

      FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…   NEW! Study: Birth-Control Depo-Provera Shots Tied to Breast-Cancer Risk — Depo Provera = 'Neutron Bomb' in the 'War on Women' NEW! Bayer Said to Pay $110 Million in YAZ Birth Control Cases NEW! Other Medical Uses for the So-Called Birth Control Pill   NEW! "Plan B" Still Not Available Over-the-Counter for Minors NEW! The Costs of Contraception Breast Cancer – Oral Contraceptive Study From Germany: The Earlier the OCP is Started, the Higher the Breast Cancer Risk Studies Showing Benefits of Contraception Fall Short Birth Control Pill Recall: Lots of Generic Norgestimate & Ethinyl-Estradiol Tablets Made in India Pulled… Recall Raising New Concerns About the Safety of Foreign-Made Generics South African Condom Failures Result in Massive Recall FDA Eyes Stronger Warning on Popular Birth Control: Higher Risk of Dangerous Clots    FLASHBACK: CDC LISTS PILL AS GROUP 1 CARCINOGEN http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hormonal_contraception Health Canada Warns Bayer Birth Control Pill has High Risk of Clots FDA Revisits Safety of Newer Birth Control Drugs Does Planned Parenthood Secretly Support the Plan B Decision? Denying Plan B Drug to Teenagers Protects Girls’ Health Commentary: Emergency Contraception? Unrestricted Availability of Abortifacient Morning After Pill in Spain Results in Soaring Sales Planned Parenthood 'Banks' Tax Money Hurting Women with IUDs… Study: Birth-Control Depo-Provera Shots Tied to Breast-Cancer Risk — Depo Provera = 'Neutron Bomb' in the 'War on Women' 'Our hypothesis going into this study was that we did expect to see an increased risk' Recent use of the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera for at least a year was associated with a doubling of young...

Studies: HIV – Hormonal Birth Control Connection

[Ed. Note: Knowledge of the HIV – Hormonal Birth Control Link has been known for decades by birth control and abortion leaders. Only as the weight of these studies becomes unbearable, is the information finally seeping to the general public.]   Contraceptive Used in Africa May Double Risk of HIV Comment: While contraceptives are sold to women as a benefit and right, terrible unexpected consequences continue to be discovered. In contrast, Natural Family Planning is safe, inexpensive and effective for both achieving and postponing pregnancy. Practiced responsibly, the benefits of NFP include enhancing the marital bond, fostering understanding of the gift of fertility, giving the woman more knowledge and respect for her own body, and protecting her body from chemical pollution. More and more couples are beginning to recognize that the current contraceptive mentality is not physically, emotionally or spiritually healthy. N Valko RN    Contraceptive Used in Africa — Depo-Provera — May Double Risk of H.I.V. By PAM BELLUCK, NY Times The most popular contraceptive for women in eastern and southern Africa, a hormone shot given every three months, appears to double the risk the women will become infected with H.I.V., according to a large study published Monday. And when it is used by H.I.V.-positive women, their male partners are twice as likely to become infected than if the women had used no contraception. The findings potentially present an alarming quandary for women in Africa. Hundreds of thousands of them suffer injuries, bleeding, infections and even death in childbirth from unintended pregnancies. Finding affordable and convenient contraceptives is a pressing goal for international health authorities.[see note below] [Ed....

Significant Risks of Oral Contraceptives (Dec 2010)

Significant Risks of Oral Contraceptives (OCPs): Why This Drug Class Should NOT Be Included In a Preventative Care Mandate By Rebecca Peck, M.D., CCD     Primary Care physicians spend a substantial part of their clinical time counseling patients on preventative care.  Some examples of these items include: providing information on diet and exercise ; giving smoking cessation counseling, performing diabetes and cholesterol screenings; obtaining mammograms, Pap smears, bone densitometry and administering immunizations. The rationale behind such preventative screenings  is to reduce  morbidity and mortality by changing risky behaviors and by catching disease in its earliest stages.      Currently, there are several entities that want to include oral contraceptive counseling and medications within a preventative care platform. This proposal is ill-advised for several reasons. Firstly, oral contraceptives (OCPs) have their own significant risks, namely an increase in cardiovascular events (such as an increase in venous thromboembolism, pulmonary embolism, myocardial infarction, and stroke) especially in older women and smokers (1,29-38).  Secondly, OCPs increase the risk of the world’s most frequently occurring cancer, namely breast cancer (1-28). Thirdly, OCP use leads to an increase in Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection and an increase in cervical cancer, which is the 2nd most common worldwide cancer (2,39-57).   Therefore, OCPs fail the most important test of preventative medicine: they increase risk of disease instead of decreasing it.    This paper will provide evidence of each of the above stated areas of risk: (1) increased cardiovascular events, (2) increased breast cancer rates, and (3) increased HPV and cervical cancer rates.  This paper will not explore the various side effects of the pill, such as depression, migraine headache, ...

Fact Sheet: Emergency Contraception Fails to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion

Supporters of Plan B and other types of “emergency contraception” (EC) used to claim that easier access to EC could “result in a greater than 50% reduction in abortion rates.” J. Trussell et al., “Emergency Contraception: A Simple Proposal to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies,” Family Planning Perspectives 24 (Nov/Dec 1992): 6. However, that estimate came from a hypothetical “modeling exercise.” Last year, Plan B supporters began to admit that the hard data tell a different story: “[T]he experts had estimated that we would see a drop by up to half in the rates of unintended pregnancy and the rates of abortion. And in fact in the real world we're not seeing that.” Kirsten Moore, President and CEO of Reproductive Health Technologies Project, quoted in A.W. Schachter, “‘Plan B’: What Science Can't Tell Us,” New York Post Online Edition, Aug. 11, 2006. Now even the author of the “greater than 50% reduction” claim, James Trussell, has conceded that 23 published studies from 10 countries disprove his claim. According to every one of the 23 studies, published between 1998 and 2006, easier access to EC fails to achieve any statistically significant reduction in rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion. E. Raymond et al., “Population Effect of Increased Access to Emergency Contraceptive Pills,” Obstetrics & Gynecology 109 (2007): 181-8. Some of these studies reviewed country-wide statistics on unintended pregnancy and abortion after EC became inexpensive (or free) and widely available in health clinics or over-the-counter in pharmacies. Other studies compared results between women given packets of EC for future use, and a control group of women who had to acquire EC on their...

Abortion RU-486 to Be Used As Birth Control Pill to Lessen Chance of Breast Cancer (2006)

Pharmaceutical companies and the medical community have suddenly acknowledged a link between the birth control pill and breast cancer. Numerous studies showing a clear link between the use of birth control and the development of breast cancer have been largely ignored or denied in the past by drug companies and the medical community. Now, an alternative drug that would supposedly reduce the risk of breast cancer is being promoted. Several groups of scientists and pharmaceutical companies are working to produce a contracepting pill that would not trigger cancer growth [Telegraph, 26March2006]. The drug under study is a hormone-inhibitor, better known as the dangerous and controversial drug used to induce abortions, RU-486. RU-486 has been linked to multiple deaths of women in Europe and the United States. The recent deaths of two more women in the US led the Food and Drug Administration to issue a Public Health Advisory, alerting consumers to the potential danger of the drug. The abortifacient drug causes severe bleeding, in some cases leading to haemorrhage. Over 600 reports of dangerous complications related to the drug’s use have been reported in the US alone since it was approved. Despite the volume of reports, the FDA has refused to pull the drug from the market. Scientists are praising RU-486 as the next new contraceptive that will lower the risk of breast cancer for women by stopping their menstrual cycle altogether. “We are looking at an entirely new type of pill that abolishes periods. It will have enormous health benefits,” said Prof David Baird, emeritus professor of reproductive endocrinology at the Edinburgh University, who has led early human...

FDA Approves Plan B for Over-the-Counter Sales: Winners and Losers (9/06)

On August 23 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved over-the-counter (OTC) sale of the “emergency contraceptive” Plan B for men and women 18 and older. Under a novel distribution scheme (one that is arguably outside FDA authority), girls under 18 will continue to need a prescription for Plan B. Or will they? There’s nothing to prevent an older boyfriend of the minor girl, or older sister, brother or friend of the underage couple from buying Plan B for them. So much for ensuring medical supervision of minors’ use of Plan B. Access under the unusual scheme may end up backfiring. At $25-40 a packet, many women will still choose to get a doctor’s prescription for Plan B rather than buying it over-the-counter, to have their insurance cover the cost. Teens, on the other hand, may be more likely than adults to buy Plan B over-the-counter through an adult to avoid creating an insurance record. One can even get a prescription online, based on an “assessment” that requires guessing the correct Yes or No answers to a series of questions even teens can figure out easily. Example: “Do you want to become pregnant?” “Have you ever had a heart attack?” “Do you have valvular heart disease complicated by pulmonary hypertension, atrial fibrillation, or a history of subacute bacterial endocarditis?” (Note: You don’t have to understand the question. Just answer “No.”) The only hurdle to obtaining Plan B is not very high: Plan B will not be sold (for now) in gas stations and convenience stores. This means consumers will be able to buy it at only about 100,000 places...