Sterilization

Gender Ideology, Children, Objective Sexual Abuse, Comprehensive Sex Education: 3 Articles

The War on Abstinence and Fidelity A recent comment in The Lancet makes the case that when it comes to international HIV/AIDS prevention, abstinence and fidelity should be abandoned in favor of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). Titled “A farewell to abstinence and fidelity?”, the brief article was written by authors from UNAIDS, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, and University College, London. Discussing the High-Level Meeting on Ending Aids held in June, they wrote: “Many socially conservative Member States, in alliance with the Holy See, argued against the deletion of abstinence and fidelity as core components of effective HIV prevention. They were urged on by actors on the margins who provided delegates with misinformation and spurious arguments in opposition to comprehensive sexuality education.” Proponents of CSE will not tolerate even the inclusion of abstinence and fidelity alongside other measures; only deletion will do. What nobody disputes is that abstinence and fidelity, when practiced consistently, are effective in preventing HIV, crisis pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections, not to mention the emotional and psychological consequences of sex outside marriage. While CSE advocates frequently claim that abstinence education is ineffective in changing behavior—certainly a disputable claim—they show little interest in coming up with more effective abstinence-based curricula. Rather, they seek to impose a set of values around human sexuality that are highly controversial and, in many parts of the world, utterly unacceptable. Particularly when it comes to young adolescents, sexual activity can have devastating consequences, and brings no benefits. The fastest-growing health risk for adolescents around the world is “unsafe” sexual activity—but it isn’t as if “safe” sexual activity is beneficial to...

Peruvian Victims Still Wait For Justice

Amidst Pro-Life Victory, Victims of Peru’s Sterilization Campaign Still Being Used—This Time for the Political Gain of Pro-Abortion Advocates Twenty-five years after hundreds of thousands of women were forcibly or coercively sterilized in Peru, these victims are still waiting for justice. A recent decree issued by the Peruvian Justice Ministry may help these women receive reparation for the crimes committed against them. The politics of abortion is complicating this process, however. Many pro-aborts in Peru who once supported the sterilization campaign are now perversely attempting the use the issue to leverage support for legalizing abortion. Their political leaders have turned the issue against pro-life advocates in an attempt to silence the very voices that have always opposed sterilization—but remain aligned politically with the party once responsible for carrying out the campaign. The good news is that these efforts have failed, at least for the moment. Last Tuesday pro-life congressmen carried the day as the Peruvian Congress upheld the right to life for victims of rape. … Last Tuesday’s vote was the second time that the Congress of Peru had rejected a bill aimed at decriminalizing abortion in cases of rape. … Pro-abortion Peru First-Lady Nadine Heredia had expressed support for the failed measure that would have legalized abortion in cases of rape. Referring to pro-life members of the Popular Force Party—headed by Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of ex-President Alberto Fujimori—Heredia tweeted “those who want to sell themselves as defenders of life forget that for ten years they defended forced sterilization.” Pro-life Congresswoman Martha Chavez, a member of the Popular Force Party, condemned the sterilization campaigns long before the current...

FDA to Review Concerns on the Essure Sterilization Procedure

We would like to point out that Essure may not be so “sure” after all—or so safe After receiving thousands of complaints of adverse side-effects, the FDA has decided to conduct a hearing on the safety and effectiveness of Essure. The controversial sterilization implant involves pushing micro coils made of nitinol (a nickel-titanium alloy) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibers into a woman’s fallopian tubes via a hysteroscope and catheter. This scars the fallopian tubes and seals them shut. Originally developed by Conceptus, the Essure system was approved by the FDA in 2002. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, acquired Essure in 2013. Bayer AG reported a gross profit of almost EUR 22 billion in 2014. Bayer claims Essure to be 99.83% effective in preventing pregnancy if placed correctly. Women who do become pregnant with the Essure implant, however, have a significantly higher risk of having an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies, where the fertilized egg implants outside of the womb, can be life-threatening. Over the past 12 years, the FDA has received over 5,300 complaints from women using Essure. The reports include 482 cases of device migration, 259 cases of device breakage, and 133 malpositions. Other women reported suffering from abdominal pain (3,353 cases), menstrual irregularities (1,408 cases), and weight fluctuation (936 cases). Other victims reported experiencing debilitating sharp chronic pain or cramping, hair loss, chronic bloating, headaches, mood swings, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, chronic back pain, fibroids, painful intercourse, and perforated organs. The manufacturer claims that local anesthesia is generally sufficient for the Essure procedure, but admits that some...

Peruvian Sterilization Trial Reopened (2015)

On May 14th, Peru reopened the criminal case against Alberto Fujimori, the former Peruvian president responsible for a mass sterilization campaign in the 1990s. Over the course of several years, the Peruvian Ministry of Health sterilized more than 300,000 indigenous women and tens of thousands of men under force or under intense government pressure. The reopened case is attempting to convict Fujimori of crimes against humanity. The case was dismissed last year after officials deemed that the prosecutors presented insufficient evidence that the sterilization campaign systematically employed force and coercion. Fujimori is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for other crimes. You can see the results from PRI’s on-the-ground investigation in Peru in the 1990s here: http://pop.org/content/peru-investigation [29 May 2015, Anne Roback Morse, pop.org, Population Research...

Indian Women Die from Forced Sterilizations

Thirteen women died following a series of unhygienic sterilizations operations at a sterilization camp in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Dr. Gupta, once honored by the state for his sterilization work, was arrested on charges of negligence, but5 denied any misconduct and blamed authorities for the tragedy. He sterilized all 83 women in the clinic within three (3) hours, 2-5 minutes per operation. India regularly conducts sterilization drives, and mass sterilization camps are most common in the poorer Indian states. Official statistics indicate that 1,434 people died from sterilization between 2003 and 2012. [December 2014, Greater Cincinnati Right to Life News...

Israeli Doctor Exposes Nazi Abortion Program Reveals Chilling Parallels with the Ideas of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger

An Israeli doctor has recently published an account of the Nazi use of abortion, euthanasia, and sterilization to eliminate groups they deemed “inferior stock”, especially Jewish and Slavic people. Dr. Tessa Chelouche writes that “Abortion was used as a weapon of mass destruction in Eastern Europe,” where “it has been estimated that tens of thousands of Polish and Russian women were compelled to abort not because of health reasons, but because of Nazi dogma.” She goes on to quote Hitler’s 1942 policy statement on the application of abortion to Slavic people, which is chillingly similar to modern Planned Parenthood propaganda: “In view of the large families of the Slav native population, it could only suit us if girls and women there had as many abortions as possible. We are not interested in seeing the non-German population multiply…We must use every means to install in the population the idea that it is harmful to have several children, the expenses that they cause and the dangerous effect on woman’s health… It will be necessary to open special institutions for abortions and doctors must be able to help out there in case there is any question of this being a breach of their professional ethics.” Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, expressed a similar objective about eliminating US colored people in a letter she wrote only months after Hitler’s invasion of Poland: “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we...

CDC Fact Sheet: Ectopic Pregnancy Risk after Tubal Sterilization

Among 10,685 women studied, the risk of ectopic pregnancy within 10 years after sterilization was about 7 per 1,000 procedures. The likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy varied according to the method of sterilization and the age at which the women underwent the sterilization procedures. Ectopic pregnancy, also known as a tubal pregnancy, is a potentially life-threatening form of pregnancy in which implantation of the fertilized egg occurs outside the uterus.  Among 10,685 women studied, the risk of ectopic pregnancy within 10 years after sterilization was about 7 per 1,000 procedures. These findings are reported in “The Risk of Ectopic Pregnancy After Tubal Sterilization” by Herbert Peterson, Zhisen Xia, Joyce Hughes, Lynne Wilcox, Lisa Tylor, and James Trussell for the U.S. Collaborative Review of Sterilization Working Group in the March 13, 1997 issue (336:762-767) of The New England Journal of Medicine.*  The purpose of this 14-year study, which was supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health, was to assess the risk of ectopic pregnancy in women who have undergone tubal sterilization.  Ectopic pregnancy may occur long after sterilization. Ectopic pregnancy after tubal sterilization is not rare, particularly among women sterilized before age 30.    Those who provide care to women of childbearing age should not assume that a history of tubal sterilization rules out the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy in a woman who has symptoms or signs of pregnancy, especially ectopic pregnancy.    The study also found that the likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy varied according to the method of sterilization and the age at which the women underwent the sterilization...

Possible Side Effects of Sterilization

Tubal Ligation (Sterilization) – Possible Side Effects Risk Of Ectopic Pregnancy According to a major 10-year study of ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, “the cumulative probability of ectopic pregnancy for all methods of tubal sterilization combined was 7.3 per 1000 procedures. The cumulative probability varied substantially according to the method of sterilization and the woman’s age at the time of sterilization. Women sterilized by bipolar tubal coagulation before the age of 30 years had a probability of ectopic pregnancy that was 27 times as high as that among women of similar age who underwent postpartum partial salpingectomy (31.9 versus 1.2 ectopic pregnancies per 1000 procedures. The annual rate of ectopic pregnancy for all methods combined in the 4th through 10th years after sterilization was no lower than that in the first 3 years.” Thus, a “history of tubal sterilization does not rule out the possibility of ectopic pregnancy, even many years after the procedure”. [New Engl Journal of Medicine 1997; 336:762-7] Other possible side effects of tubal ligation include changes in blood supply to the ovaries, causing cramping, heavy bleeding, and PMS, and it lowers progesterone levels. Vasectomy — possible side effects Four studies have shown a doubling of the rate of prostate cancer.  Prostate cancer is the second leading killing cancer among men. Vasectomy may also cause problems with the auto-immune...

Sterilization

According to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, Vital and Health Statistics Division data for 1995: 24% of women of reproductive age (15-44 years of age) were surgically sterilized for contraceptive reasons; 3% for non-contraceptive reasons; 10% (6.1 million) had impaired fecundity; 63% were fecund (able to bear children). Of the 6.1 million with impaired fecundity, 2.8 million had no children; in 1988, there were 2.2 million with no children, and in 1982, there were 1.9 million with no children.  [Table 49] Of childless couples ages 35-44, 21% had ever received infertility services.  15.4% of all women ages 15-44 years have ever received any infertility services. Two percent of women of reproductive age (1.2 million women) had an infertility visit in the past year (in 1994). Of currently married women ages 15-44 years (29,673,000), 41.0% are surgically sterile, 7.1% are infertile, and 52.0% are fecund. [Table 51] Of all women ages 15-44 years (60,201,000) 24.2% are surgically sterilized by contraceptives; 3.1% are surgically sterilized by non-contraceptives; 10.2% have impaired fecundity; and 62.5% are fecund. Of all women ages 15-24 years (18,002,000), 1.6% are surgically sterile and 92.2% are fecund. [Table 49] Nearly 2/3 of women with 3 or more births have been sterilized. [Table 52] In 1995, 18% of women (10.7 million) chose female sterilization, 17% (10.4 million) chose the pill, 13% (7.9 million) chose the male condom, and 7% (4.2 million) chose male sterilization [Table 41] Of all women 15-44 years (60,201,000) 27.5%  have had any sterilizing operation: 17.7% have had a tubal ligation; 5.0% have had a hysterectomy; 7.7% of husbands or partners have had a...