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‘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 Finds

QuickStats: Use of Selected Contraception Methods Among Women Aged 15–44 Years Currently Using Contraception — National Survey of Family Growth, United States, 1995 and 2006–2010

20-minute presentation by breast surgeon and expert Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, …


‘Just the Tip of the Iceberg’: 23 Canadian Women Dead in 6 years While on Yaz/Yasmin Birth Control

A lawyer representing 1,000 women in a class action suit has said that the Health Canada statistics on the drug’s harm to women are “just the tip of the iceberg.”

Third generation birth control pills produced by the massive drug company Bayer have been linked to the deaths of at least 23 Canadian women since 2007, one of them as young as 14.

A Health Canada document reveals that many of the victims who were taking the top-selling birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin died suddenly and unexpectedly from blood clots, a known risk factor for the pill. The pills contain drospirenone, Bayer’s unique formulation of synthetic progestin.

Eighteen-year-old Miranda Scott of Delta, B.C. was taking Yasmin when she su

ddenly collapsed three years ago while working out on an elliptical machine in a gym. She fell backwards onto a person behind her and managed to say “I can’t breathe” before she died, according to her mother Chip McClaughly. An autopsy revealed that she died from a blood clot in the lung.

McClaughly has joined a class-action lawsuit against Bayer on behalf of her daughter.

An Ontarian lawsuit against Bayer has been underway since 2011 after Health Canada issued a consumer advisory that Yaz and Yasmin have a “potential for an increased risk of venous thromboembolism [blood clots].” Later that year Health Canada bumped that advisory to a warning that Yaz and Yasmin users may experience two to three times greater risk of developing blood clots, compared to those who use other brands of contraceptive pills.

Health Canada at that time downplayed the danger of Bayer’s pills.

“Blood clots are a rare but well known side effect associated with all birth control pills. The risks of blood clots are higher with pregnancy and childbirth than with oral contraceptives,” it said. “Overall the risk of blood clots with any oral contraceptive (including Yasmin and Yaz) is very small.”

A study by France’s health and drug safety agency in March found that the deaths of 20 French women per year were linked to contraceptive pill use, with drospirenone pills being the most common factor in the majority of deaths.

Tony Merchant, a lawyer who represents 1,000 women outside Ontario who say they have been adversely affected by the drug, told CBC that he is in the process of bringing a second class-action lawsuit against Bayer.

Merchant said that the Health Canada statistics on the drug’s harm to women are “just the tip of the iceberg.”

"There are about 30 or 40 deaths that we think are known, but that is usually just the tip of the iceberg because all sorts of people will have died…. [but their families] don't know anything about the litigation, they don't know anything about the problem," he said.

Merchant said that the hundreds of women have approached his firm for help. Each has a similar story of pain, suffering, and hardship caused by the pills. Women have had their gallbladders removed, their hearts have experienced stroke, and they have had to been put on blood thinners for the rest of their lives.

Global sales of Yasmin and Yaz, which total more than $1 billion annually, have dropped sharply — more than 12 percent since last year — due to the scare the drug is causing.

Over 12,000 U.S. women have filed lawsuits against Bayer for blood clot-related injuries while taking Yaz or Yasmin. The FDA has received as many as 50 reports of death linked to the drug. Bayer recently announced that it would set aside as much as $1.2 billion to settle these claims.

 Life and family leaders have pointed out that there are safe methods for postponing pregnancy that are just as effective as the pill but are 100 percent natural. These include the Billings ovulation method, the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, and the symptothermal method.

“I’m convinced if more women knew and understood what these other methods are, they would use them instead,” said Andrea Mrozek, founder of, in a recent interview with

Despite the suffering, trauma, and deaths of women who use the drug, Bayer has continued to defend its product: “At Bayer patient safety comes first and we fully stand behind, Yaz and Yasmin,” said Bayer in a written statement to CBC News.
[Peter Baklinski  Tue Jun 11 2013, ]

Girls Need Prescription for Tanning But Not for Plan B

Quite the travesty: Ohio teens might need a prescription to use a tanning bed but can pick up the morning-after pill like candy from the corner convenience store.

Obama Admin Drops Appeal of Court Ruling Ordering Plan B Sold to Girls as Young as 11

The abortifacient drug will be on store shelves as soon as the FDA can approve the paperwork, officials have announced.
 [Ben Johnson  Mon Jun 10]



Obama Admin OKs Morning After Pill for Young Girls, Sexual Predators

The Obama Administration has dropped its legal battle against a judge’s decision that would allow young girls to purchase the Plan B morning after pill over the counter.

The decision allows anyone to purchase the drug and opponents of the decision say it paves the way for male sexual predators to purchase the drug for girls they victimize, by removing safeguards currently in place.


Planned Parenthood Celebrates Obama Giving 'Morning After Pill' to Kids

 The reaction from pro-abortion and pro-life groups to the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw opposition to sales of the morning after pill to women and girls of any age is markedly different.

The Planned Parenthood abortion business is elated: Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Cecile Richards released the following statement hailing tonight’s announcement by the Obama Administration.

U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2013: Adapted from the World Health Organization Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2nd Edition  
These recommendations are a companion document to the previously published CDC recommendations U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010, and have been adapted to be more specific to U.S. practices or have been modified because of new evidence. Four new topics are addressed: the effectiveness of female sterilization, extended use of combined hormonal methods and bleeding problems, starting regular contraception after use of emergency contraception, and determining when contraception is no longer needed. The recommendations in this report are intended to serve as a source of clinical guidance for health-care providers…
[21 June 2013, vol. 62, no. RR-5; 1-46, CDC MMWR, ]




FDA Makes Plan B Contraceptive Available to 15-Year-Olds: With This Administration’s Endorsement, Federal FDA Agency Authorizes Over-The-Counter Distribution of ‘Morning-After Pill’

Obama, who once said he believed as a “father of two” that Plan B shouldn’t be sold without medical oversight to kids under age 17, now says he is “comfortable” with the Food and Drug Administration’s May 1 decision to make the contraceptive/abortifacient drug available over the counter to 15-year-olds.

“I suspect the president is caving a bit to the pro-abortion lobby, which gives him a lot of financial support,” said Family Res

earch Council attorney Anna Higgins. “I think he got a lot of heat from them.”

While denying that the Plan B One-Step “morning-after pill” can cause abortions, the pro-abortion lobby has been very gung ho for the medication.

Even so, the administration seemed to temper its position May 1 by filing a lawsuit to overturn a New York circuit-court ruling to force the FDA to make the drug available to a child of any age with no questions asked.

Although at this writing no recent polls have been done to gauge public sentiment on the issue, Higgins said, “It’s just common sense that most parents would be horrified by the idea of this drug being distributed to young kids without their permission.”

Manufactured by Teva Women’s Health Inc., Plan B One-Step is the same drug as Plan B, but it is taken in one dose rather than two.

Based on Science?

Obama told reporters the FDA decision was based on “solid scientific evidence.”

But Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said that, from an evidence-based scientific standpoint, the FDA’s move is “a foolish decision.”

“No one has studied the effect of Plan B in that age group,” Harrison said, “so we don’t know if it’s safe or not.”

She charged that the Obama administration and the FDA are “experimenting with our young girls.”

Pointing to “the rights of parents to be involved in the most critical health care and lifestyle decisions of their children,” Marie Hilliard of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia called the new FDA ruling “a real tragedy.”

“This is a huge attack on the family and government intruding upon family life and the rights of parents,” Hilliard said.

Anna Franzonello, staff attorney with Americans United for Life, calls Plan B One-Step “a statutory-rape cover-up drug. With Plan B, an older boy or man who’s having sex with a 12-year-old can simply cover his tracks by giving her the drug every time he rapes her.”

“According to Planned Parenthood’s own ‘fact sheets,’ 4.5 out of 10 pregnant adolescents likely have a history of abuse,” Franzonello said.

“So when the Obama administration and the FDA make Plan B readily available to girls and boys as young as 15 over the counter, we’re removing a health-care provider from a situation where we know abuse is likely, a situation where we know sex could be coerced.”

Side Effects

Harrison said many questions about this drug remain unanswerable because the studies simply haven’t been done. But even those questions that can be answered are seldom asked.

Side effects of Plan B One-Step, listed on a Princeton University website, include leg pains, chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, severe headaches, blurred vision and trouble speaking.

“Any of these can be a sign of a stroke from a blood clot,” Hilliard said. She said parents should be watching for these symptoms after their children take the pill, yet they will now be “completely in the dark” about them.

Girls taking the drug also bear a higher-than-average risk of ectopic pregnancy, Hilliard said.

According to critics of the FDA’s decision, unknown long-term side effects may be as, if not more, disturbing.

“At a time when girls are developing their normal menstrual cycles, Plan B One-Step will put high-dose progesterone into their systems,” Harrison said. “Nobody knows what that will do for their future fertility.”

“It’s hard to say what this drug is going to do if it’s used once in a blue moon,” said Karen Brauer, president of Pharmacists for Life International. “But if it becomes a pill teen girls use fairly often, it will slow down bone deposition.” She said 50% of bone mass is laid down during a girl’s teenage years. Bones get thicker and bigger. Progestins, the hormones in Plan B, slow down this process. “If any of the progesterone-only class of birth control gets used fairly often or continually,” Brauer said, “osteoporosis is the result.”

Not Very Effective

The promise is that if it’s taken up to 120 hours after sexual relations, Plan B One-Step will lower unplanned pregnancy rates and thereby lower the “need” for abortions.

But, in fact, Brauer said, “At best, Plan B is only about 60% effective — less so than the withdrawal method.”

When young girls are taught to rely on a pill that doesn’t work very well, Brauer said, the upshot could be pregnancies they weren’t prepared for — and perhaps even an increase in abortion rates.

Having reviewed all the scientific literature on the subject, Harrison concludes, “This stuff doesn’t work. If you look at population-based studies where Plan B has been given out, not one of them shows a decrease in either the pregnancy rate or the abortion rate.”

One of the most recent studies to illustrate this point was done at the University of Nottingham and published in 2011 in the Journal of Health Economics.

The study found emergency contraception had no effect on unwanted teen pregnancy rates or abortion rates, but was linked to increased rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

“Essentially, the finding that the promotion of emergency contraception has no effect on unwanted teen pregnancy rates or abortion has been found multiple times in a vast range of different settings and using alternative research designs,” said University of Nottingham researcher David Paton. “Indeed, as far as I am aware, not a single study in a peer-reviewed academic journal has found that promotion of (or easier access to) emergency contraception significantly reduces unwanted pregnancy/abortion rates. So this finding is hard to challenge.”

Mary Davenport, an obstetrician-gynecologist in private practice in El Sobrente, Calif., said, “It’s not evidence-based and scientific for the FDA to approve this drug for 15-year-olds. The decision has got to be based on some ideology.”

Another fact young girls and their parents seldom hear is that the drug is effective only four days out of the month. “If a girl takes Plan B five days to one day before ovulation, then it prevents a clinically recognized pregnancy at the end of her monthly cycle,” Harrison said. “But if she takes it at any other time during her cycle, it doesn’t work.”

“So we’re loading these young kids with high-dose hormones. It doesn’t work. We’re isolating them from good care. And we may be interfering with their future fertility,” she said.

In short, she said, “The people who run the FDA aren’t stupid. But this time they’ve made a really bad decision.”

[9 May 13, Sue Ellen Browder,  Sue Ellen Browder writes from Ukiah, California.]

Read more:

20-minute presentation by Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute



Unintended Pregnancy Rates Ri

se Despite Increased Contraception Use

This weekend on NRO, both Jillian Kay Melchior and Robert VerBruggen have offered commentary about the FDA’s recent decision to allow females age 15 and up to purchase emergency contraception without a prescription.

Pediatricians Group Opposes Allowing Teens to Buy Plan B Drug

The American College of Pediatricians continues to oppose the over-the-counter distribution of “emergency contraceptive” medication to children as recently mandated by the court.

Young Women’s Breast Cancer Rates Rising

This past February [2013], the news media widely covered a study in JAMA which showed that the incidence in breast cancer had almost doubled over the past 34 years, 2% per year, compounded.

This represents an over 90% increase in women between 20 and 39 years old. The cancers they were citing were invasive and had already spread outside of the breast which are life threatening. The author, Rebecca Johnson, had been diagnosed herself at age 27 with breast cancer.

You might have seen the NBC news report given by Dr. Nancy Snyderman which reported the increase on the evening
news. She reported that the reason for the increase was not known but she suggested that the environment or perhaps obesity might be a cause. The audience was then shown the “usual suspects:” the obligatory “fat women on the street” footage that is always played when you are putting the onus on the victims.

Dr. Snyderman does not seem to know pre-menopausal obesity is NOT a risk for breast cancer, although post-menopausal obesity is a risk.

What was missing from the report was that non-invasive breast cancer, in-situ cancers, had risen by 300% since 1975 ac-
cording to the SEER data collected by the National Cancer Institute. In-situ cancers are treated with mastectomy or partial mastectomy with radiation and at least 5 years of hormonal therapy. In-situ cancers progress into invasive cancers if not treated.

Dr. Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, said that the results of The JAMA study sup-
ported the anecdotal reports of more young women getting breast cancer and said one of the most likely reasons is related to child-bearing practices.

This is a sea change for the American Cancer Society. In 2003, the statistical reporting of invasive and in-situ breast cancers was changed so that the one number given to the public about how many cases of breast cancer occurred in a given year represented only the invasive cancers which had risen about 40% over 35 years.

That is why the American Cancer Society could say with a “straight face” it just seemed like there were more 30 year olds
with cancer.

They just ignored the 300% increase in the in-situ cancers in women under 50, which included the 30 year olds.
Not one authority interviewed about the astounding results of the JAMA study mentioned that the vast majority of young women were taking a Group 1 carcinogen for breast cancer, unless they are now spoken about as environmental toxins, which they become in our rivers and drinking water. [search "estrogens environment" for much more on estrogen pollution in our water supplies]

20-minute presentation by Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute




The “Pill Kills” Receives YouTube Attention

At a Washington D.C. conference on June 6, 2012, I gave a short twenty minute talk on the four ways “The Pill” can kill
women who use them. It was meant for a non-professional group although each set of facts was documented with the medical reference on the bottom of each slide.

Over the years, BCPI has had many requests for more information on the health risks of the pill well beyond its being a significant risk for pre-menopausal breast cancer.

Up until now, as president I have maintained that giving out other health risks of the pill was beyond the mission of BCPI, which includes giving information to educate the public (and professionals) about what will increase and decrease their risk of breast cancer. Yet to achieve a goal of reducing the number of women on the pill, women need ALL of the health reasons to never take or get off of the pill.

Our hope is to prevent breast cancer in large enough numbers so as to reduce the incidence of breast cancer. This is not a vain hope. As another article in this report has shown, almost 10% or 192 cases of 2,018 women with pre-menopausal breast cancer in British women was found to be attributable to the pill.

Fertility control can be achieved through natural family planning methods which are free and without risk to women’s health. So BCPI has put out its 3rd new brochure this year entitled “The Pill Kills” to encourage women with all the health reasons to quit the Pill.

The Pill Kills brochure lists the four major ways that the pill can kill the women who take them.
Women who take the pill are more likely to…
— get breast, cervical and liver cancers,
— get life-threatening viral infections that cause AIDS and cervical cancer,
— get a fatal stroke, heart attack or blood clot in their lungs, and
— make it more likely to become a victim of a violent death by an intimate partner.

I know that the last reason stated will raise hackles and eyebrows; but again, it’s well documented in the literature.
Look it up like I did.
As the conference was web cast, my 20 minute talk complete with slides is on the web. If that YouTube or the brochure keeps one woman off the pill, I will be encouraged.
You can view the YouTube video by searching the title, "How the Pill Kills" or by typing the link below into your browser:
The Pill Kills
[October 2012, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, Angela Lanfranchi,,]

20-minute presentation by Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute

To see the great BCPI brochures/booklets —

BELOW ARE SOME NOTES of this 20-minute power point presentation by Dr. Angela Lanfranchi:

If the Pill is so bad, why do teens like it?
bigger breasts / lighter painless, and predictable periods / won’t get pregnant (they think)

If the Pill is so bad, why do parents of teens like it?
worry less because they think their teens are safe / they think teens will learn to be responsible / they do NOT understand the dangers

4 Major Mechanisms for Adverse Effects of the Pill
    blood clots
    causes cancer
    easier to get infections
    more likely to die

– Clots in an artery MI
– clots in the brain – stroke or CVA
– clots in veins in leg VT – DVT deep venous throm

– clots go to lung – pulmonary embolism PE

Some Pills are even more likely to cause PE, stroke, death: Yaz & Ocella are 3rd generation progestins
they can cause an ADDITIONAL 60-80% RISK of VT

Woman on the Pill has TWICE the risk of mild cardiac infarction MI
if she has hypertension + the Pill – 5 TIMES the risk
if she smokes + the Pill – 12 TIMES the risk
if she has diabetes + the Pill — 16 TIMES  the risk
if she has elevated cholesterol + the Pill – 23 TIMES the risk

A Meta-analysis of 16 studies evaluated whether the Pill causes stroke
2-3 TIMES greater risk of stroke on the Pill – and even higher if the woman has migraines

There are 16 Million women of reproductive age and 82% of them are taking or have taken the Pill.

In 2000, the National Toxicology Advisory Panel put artificial ESTROGEN on the LIST OF CARCINOGENS, along with creosote and wood dust
as it breaks down, it produces an estradiol that actually destroys the DNA structure, which is a carcinogenic behavior

In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative Study showed that HRT – Hormone Replacement Therapy – could cause cancer.
Of the 30 Million women then on HRT, 15 Million immediately stopped, and in 2007, the cancer rate had dropped by 11%.
HRT uses the SAME chemicals that are in birth control pills.

In 2005, the United Nations International Agency on Research of Cancer (IARC) part of WHO, reported in its Monograph 91 that the estrogen and progestin combination drugs in HRT and in birth control pills are Group I carcinogens that cause breast, cervical, and liver cancer.

It was then also reported that ovarian and uterine cancer rates were decreased by these chemicals.
However, of any group of 100 women with cancer…
3 have ovarian cancer
6 have uterine cancer
36 have breast cancer – 6 TIMES MORE than ovarian and uterine combined!

Dr. Chris Kahlenborn released a study in the 2006 Mayo Clinic Proc
Dolle et al released “Risk Factors for women under 45…” in Epidemio Biomarkers Preve 2009, pages 1157-1165
showing a 320% INCREASED RISK of triple negative breast cancer – the hardest type to treat because it does not respond to most methods presently used.

Since 1975, the risk of in-situ breast cancers have INCREASED 400% in PRE-MENOPAUSAL women
If untreated, in-situ cancers lead to invasive cancers

Amer Cancer Society separately lists in-situ and invasive cancer rates, ONLY FOR BREAST cancer, because the invasive cancer rates have not increased as dramatically as the in-situ rates.

Women on the Pill are TWICE as likely to get HIV, and TWICE as likely to pass it to their partner.
Women on the Pill have TWICE the risk of getting HPV

The leading cause of death in pregnant women is HOMICIDE
According to a BMJ 2010 study, women on the Pill choose partners similar to them in the major histocompatibility complex; since they are similar, the women are less sexually responsive and more likely to refuse sex (less sex/bad sex > cheating) more potential for Intimate Partner Violence
Women on the Pill also have more trouble conceiving later, and their children have more health problems

The Pill also acts as an abortifacient because it thins out the endometrium preventing the blastocyst from implanting



British Study Confirms Oral Contraceptives Cause Premenopausal Breast Cancer

D.M. Parkin of London’s Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine published a study in the British Journal of Cancer titled,
“Cancers attributable to exposure to hormones in the UK in 2010.” The study reported the number of premenopausal breast cancers attributable to oral contraceptives. In women 15-19 years old 8% of breast cancers were attributable to oral contraceptives as were 24% in those 20-29 years old and 18% in those between 30 and 40 years old.

This means over 1 in 4 of breast cancers in women in their 20s and nearly 1 in 5 of breast cancers in women in their 30s is due to oral contraceptives.

As Britain and the U.S. have similar populations, based upon the data showing that 10% of breast cancers in women under 40 years old are attributable to oral contraceptives, it’s not unreasonable to think we could eliminate a significant number of premenopausal cancers in U.S. women if they all stopped oral contraceptives.

It would impact breast cancer statistics in the same way it was shown by Ravdin in 2007 that postmenopausal breast cancer incidence was reduced 11% after about half of the women in this country who had been on hormone replacement therapy stopped it in 2002.
[October 2012, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, Angela Lanfranchi,,]


20-minute presentation by Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute






Justice Department Appeals FDA Ruling Selling Plan B Pill to Teens

The Justice Department today appealed a court ruling saying the morning after pill known as Plan B should be available without a prescription for teenagers starting at age 15.

Teens, Plan B Drug and the Demise of Parental Rights

Parents are meant to be the fundamental guiding influence of a child’s life. They are responsible for nurturing, educating, protecting, and providing for their children.

Morning-After Pill: Human Trafficking's Best Friend?

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the sale of the “morning-after pill”(such as Plan B) for teens as young as 15, with no need for parental consent, and mandated that the drug no longer can be kept behind the pharmacy counter.

Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, believes there are “daunting and sometimes insurmountable hoops women are forced to jump through” when faced with a crisis pregnancy and that this measure is a step forward for women’s health.

While there are conflicting opinions as to whether or not these medications cause abortions, there is no doubt that the side effects for the female taking the medication can be harsh, including hypertension, depression and ovarian cysts.

What is disturbing to many is the fact that this move by the FDA now gives human traffickers a way to stop or end pregnancies in young girls being trafficked, with no medical care or follow-up.

For instance, LiveAction did several “sting” operations at Planned Parenthood facilities around the country to see if workers in those facilities would follow mandated laws to report suspected sexual abuse of a minor. Over and over, workers were complicit in covering up what was presented as minor girls acknowl

edging having sex with much older men.

In 2008, MSNBC reported that sex trafficking victims were “compelled to perform sex acts 12 hours a day and were subjected to beatings, rape and forced abortions.”

With now-easy access to “morning-after” pills, sex traffickers won’t even have to visit a clinic; they can simply send a girl into the local pharmacy for the drug.

No fuss, no muss…no medical follow-up, no chance for a medical professional to question the teen for her safety, her health, her well-being.

According the the Polaris Project, there are approximately 100,000 underage young people in the US who are considered sex slaves.

The majority are young teens. One of the biggest obstacles to helping these children is that they are isolated. They often have no access to phones or computers and are emotionally and physically abused when they attempt to reach out.

By allowing the sale of “morning after” medications over-the-counter to teens, the FDA has effectively removed one line of defense against human trafficking: compassionate and well-informed health care workers.

Jeanne Monahan,  the Director of Family Research Council’s Center for Human Dignity, is concerned about this very scenario:

There is also the issue of sexual abuse and exploitation.

The average age of a girl who is sexually trafficked in the U.S. is 13 to 14.

There is a real danger that Plan B could be given to young women, especially sexually abused minors, under coercion or without their consent. Interaction with medical professionals is a major screening and defense mechanism for victims of sexual abuse…

Human trafficking is notoriously difficult to recognize, let alone prosecute.

The FDA just took out another line of defense for young victims, opening them to further violation, danger and exploitation.

This article originally appeared on the website of the Acton Institute and is reprinted with permission.
[2 May 2013,, Elise Hilton, WASHINGTON, D.C., Acton Institute]





‘Nobody Mentioned the Risk’: Woman Paralyzed After Taking Contraceptive Pill Speaks Out

The pill may have promised women the world, but many women are discovering that blood clots, stroke, paralysis, and even death are a price too high to pay for the holy grail called sexual liberation.

This is true for 32-year-old Marie-Claude L. of Quebec.
Three years ago Marie-Claude began taking the contraceptive pill Tri-Cyclen, manufactured by Toronto-based drug company Janssen.

Tri-Cyclen, like all oral contraceptives, contains synthetic versions (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) of two female sex hormones – estrogen and progestin.

According to the manufacturer, Tri-Cyclen inhibits the woman’s ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens her cervical mucus to immobilize sperm so they cannot reach an egg to fertilize it. If fertilization occurs despite these measures, the pill hardens the woman’s uterine wall to prevent implantation of a newly conceived human life.

Marie-Claude had taken Tri-Cyclen for six months when she one day unexpectedly suffered a stroke that left her completely paralyzed, save for the ability to move her left eyelid. Doctors blamed the stroke on the contraceptive pill since Marie-Claude was not overweight, did not smoke, and had no family history of stroke.

Last week, Marie-Claude was able to communicate to a reporter from La Presse that before going on Tri-Cyclen, neither her doctor or pharmacist told her the risk factors involved in taking the contraceptive pill.

“Nobody mentioned the risk and I believed that since it was approved [for women’s use], it was not dangerous.”

"Let's say it has a nasty side effect," she said.

While Marie-Claude has gained some use of her finger, which allows her to communicate on an electronic device using a special program, doctors believe that she will remain severely disabled for life. 

Many women are shocked to learn the manufacturer’s small print of the risks involved in taking the pill.

Janssen states on its website that Tri-Cyclen’s risks include:

    1. Circulatory disorders including “blood clots in legs, lungs, heart, eyes or brain.” Janssen states clearly that blood clots are the “most common serious side effects of birth control pills. Clots can occur in many areas of the body."

    2. Breast cancer. Janssen warns that “women who use birth control pills may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer before menopause,” adding that these women “may be long-term users of birth control pills (more than eight years) or women who start using birth control pills at an early age.”

    3. Cervical cancer. Janssen warns that “some studies have found an increase of cancer of the cervix in women who use hormonal contraceptives".

    4. Gallbladder disease. Janssen warns that “users of birth control pills have a greater risk of developing gallbladder disease”.

    5. Liver tumours. Janssen warns that the “short and long-term use of birth control pills also has been linked with the growth of liver tumours."

But Marie-Claude is only one of numerous women who have experienced negative side-effects from using the pill – ranging from the minor to the fatal.

A discussion board on Topix has over 200 entries from women sharing their horror stories of using Tri-Cyclen related pills. Some mothers have had their teenage daughters die from using the pill. Some women have had close brushes with death. Others have become incapacitated for life. Many are hoping for a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer.

One mother from California wrote of her teenage daughter: “My precious Baby girl died June 25, 2009 from using Ortho TriCyclene Lo. I agree whole heartedly with you [that] the company should be held responsible for the children that are dead because of this drug. Believe me we will have our say soon, and although no amount of money will bring our precious little girls back, their deaths will not have been in vain.”

A mother from Montana wrote: “My daughter almost died 2-1/2 years ago after taking these pills for about 6 weeks. After a week in the ICU, a clot buster procedure, and 4 titanium stents in her iliac, she took coumadin for 8 months.”

Another mother wrote: My 21 year old girl died 28 days after taking this deadly drug! She was going to get married in Nov, and died in Oct, 2008) 28-days after starting the birth control pill. I don't care how many warnings are on the information packet, this company should be forced to re-design this drug or take it off of the market.”

A woman named Jaime wrote: “I was on Ortho Tri-Cyclen in 2001 when I ended up with a transverse sinus thrombosis, which is a clot in my brain. My neurologist left me on the birth control pills and 6 months later I got a PE, pulmonary embolism, wh

ich is a clot in your lungs. I am lucky to be alive with both of these. The doctor from the PE immediately pulled me off of the birth control. I have been and will continue to be on blood thinners my whole life.”

Accorting to La Presse, approximately 90,000 Quebec women were on the pill last year. No one knows how many women have suffered from using it since doctors are not required to report adverse effects.

Women who have suffered using Tri-Cyclen are discovering that there is no recourse to legal action against the manufacturer since the manufacturer clearly states the risks associated with using the product.

Marie-Claude’s husband Frederic Boulianne told La Presse that he would be willing to join a class action suit against the makers of Tri-Cyclen. He compared using the pill to playing "Russian Roulette."

Andrea Mrozek, founder of, told that her heart goes out to women suffering from the pill.

“I remember reading The Greatest Experiment ever Performed on Women by Barbara Seaman and wondering why this information isn't more commonplace. Women take the pill because it is easy to take and does the job. And yet, side effects do occur and an outcome like this isn't easy (or freeing) in the end, at all.”

Mrozek pointed out that there are safe methods of postponing pregnancy that are just as effective as the pill but are 100 percent natural. These include the Billings ovulation method, the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, and the symptothermal method.

“I’m convinced if more women knew and understood what these other methods are, they would use them instead,” she said.
[3 Apr 13, Peter Baklinski, QUEBEC, ]



More People Exposed to STDs 'Thanks' to Higher Plan B Drug Use

Media reports indicate that the use of emergency contraception (EC) is on the rise. In fact, the percentage of women using emergency contraception from 2006 to 2010 more than doubled to 11% from 4% in 2002 (and fewer than 1% in 1995).



French Study: 20 Deaths Per Year Attributed to Contraceptive Pill Use

A study by France’s health and drug safety agency comparing the health risks of first and second generation contraceptive pills to third and fourth generation oral contraceptives found that the deaths of 20 French women per year were linked to contraceptive pill use.

The French National Agency for the Safety of Drugs and Health Products (ANSM) found that between 2000 and 2011, contraceptive pills were linked to an average of 2,529 annual cases of venous thromboembolism (blood clots). The health watchdog also found that the newer generation pills caused more than twice as many deaths as the earlier pills.

The ANSM's undated study estimated that 14 of the 20 annual deaths were caused by the third and fourth generation pills which contain the synthetic progestin drospirenone. The drug is produced and marketed by Bayer Pharmaceuticals under such trade names as Yaz, Beyaz, Yasmin, and Safyral.

The ANSM attributed the other six annual deaths of French women to the use of first and second-generation contraceptive pills.

The British Medical Journal published two studies in early 2011 that indicated these newer birth control pills carried a two to three times greater risk for venous thromboembolism compared to the older generation of pills.

Professor Oejvind Lidegaard of Copenhagen University Hospital, leader of one of the studies, said, "We found that contraceptive pills are generally more dangerous than previously believed, and that the difference between the second, and the third and fourth generation, is somewhat larger than we had thought."

The dangers of the older generations of contraceptive pills are outlined in the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) which states that users of birth control are three times more likely to develop superficial venous thrombosis, and have a 4 to 11 times greater risk for deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism than non-users. The risk goes up by a factor of 1.5 – 6 for those women who are genetically predisposed to blood clots.

In summary, the PDR notes that, “An increased risk of thromboembolic and thrombotic disease associated with the use of oral contraceptives is well established.”

In the wake of a widely publicized lawsuit by a 25-year-old French woman who was severely disabled by a stroke attributed to the use of a third generation oral contraceptive, the French health ministry called on doctors to prescribe the pills only "in very specific circumstances," and delisted the third and fourth generation pills from the list of drugs covered by the national health plan, according to a France24 report.

The lawsuit was filed in December 2012 by Marion Larat against Bayer Pharmaceuticals and ANSM’s general director.

She says that as an 18 year old she began taking the Bayer brand contraceptive pill called Meliane. Three months after beginning the use of the drug, a clot formed in her brain that resulted in a massive stroke. Larat lapsed into a coma and has since undergone intensive physiotherapy and nine different surgeries, France24 reported.

An inquiry in June 2012, determined that the stroke suffered by Larat was directly linked to her use of the Meliane contraceptive pill.

French media also reported that soon after Larat's lawsuit was publicized, 30 other women filed similar lawsuits against Bayer.

World Contraception Day sponsors silent about deadly side effects —

FDA announces review of birth control pills over serious blood clot risks —

UK teenager dies from complications related to oral contraceptive —

Swiss Woman’s Death Linked to Hormonal Contraceptive —

Women Sue Birth Control Manufacturer over Serious Health Issues —

Health Canada warns birth control pill has high risk of clots —

[27 Mar 13, Thaddeus Baklinski, PARIS, ]

Contraception-Suicide Connection: British Study

[Note that these sources are 'politically correct' and abortion proponents; so the actual published studies must be carefully studied to find the actual evidence. Charts must be carefully examined; text rarely states these facts clearly.]

The direct and compelling evidence of the strong, arguably causal connection between oral contraceptives (OCPs) and gravely adverse psychosocial outcomes, including suicide, comes from [serious perusal of] the three largest-ever studies which evaluated OCPs.

These were the Royal College of General Practitioners study (47,174 women), , the Oxford/FPA study (17,032 women),, and the Walnut Creek study (16,638 women), .

There is embedded evidence in each case of increased rates of suicide and attempted suicide, as well as violent (intentional and accidental) deaths and mishaps. "They had higher rates of violent deaths."

Pill users were 2.66 times as likely to attempt suicide as nonusers in the Royal college study, 4 times as likely in the Oxford/FPA study, and 2.53 times in the Walnut Creek study.

[March 12, 2013, ;]




Report Shows Growing Use of Morning-After Pill, But Does Not Report Dangers

A report released this week by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) revealed that the number of women aged 15–44 using so-called "emergency contraceptive" pills in 2006-2010 was more than 11 times higher than the number who had used the 'morning after' pill in 1995.

The report stated that in 2006–2010, 11 percent (or 5.8 million) of sexually active women aged 15–44 had ever used emergency contraception, compared with 4.2 percent of women in 2002 and less than one percent in 1995.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that the FDA first approved the pills — which can act as abortifacients — in 1998. However, evidence exists that people have used large doses of hormonal contraceptives for the same purpose since the 1960s.

The NCHS study was based on analysis of data from the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), which looked into trends and variation in the use of emergency contraception, and reasons for use among sexually active women during their fertile years.

The study found that in 2006–2010, of women who had ever used Plan B or other post-sexual birth control, 59 percent had used it once, 24 percent had used it twice, and 17 percent had used it three or more times.

Anna Franzonello, an attorney with Americans United for Life, said her "concern that life-ending drugs are being deceptively labeled as 'contraception' has only increased since the period that the CDC’s National Center for Health Services (NCHS) study examined. In 2010, the FDA approved a new drug, Ella, which can kill a human embryo even after implantation."

She said morning-after pills had not achieved the results those in the pharmaceutical industry, and the pro-abortion movement, had claimed. "Even proponents of so-called ‘emergency contraception’ are acknowledging that ‘increased use [of Plan B] has not reduced rates of unintended pregnancies,’" she said.

The CDC has presented only a partial picture, she said. “The NCHS tells us nothing about the complications that women have experienced from using these drugs and devices.  Moreover, we know these life-ending drugs do nothing to prevent sexually transmitted diseases."

This week, the CDC released a separate report noting 110 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States —

[From this  STD report] "the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report on Wednesday placing the current total number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States at 110 million. Some 20 million new cases are diagnosed each year, costing taxpayers approximately $16 billion.

Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are disproportionately affected by the epidemic, accounting for half of all infections, despite being only a quarter of the sexually active population.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is most common infection, followed by chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B, HIV, and trichomoniasis.

According to the CDC, four of the STIs included in the analysis are easily treated and cured if diagnosed early: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. But they say many such infections go undetected because they often have no symptoms…"

The "emergency contraception" report broke down 'morning after' pill usage by age, marital status, ethnic origin and race, and education.

It found a sharp difference in usage between unmarried and married women. About one in five never-married women had taken a morning-after pill, compared to one in seven cohabiting women, and just one in 20 married women.

The reason given for using the morning after pill by about half of women who had ever used emergency contraception was a fear that the contraceptive method they routinely used would not work. The other half of women who had ever used emergency contraception reported having "unprotected sex" as a reason for use.

The study found that young adult women aged 20–24 were most likely to have ever used emergency contraception; about one in four (23 percent) had done so. This compares with 16 percent of women aged 25–29, and 14 percent of women aged 15–19. Older women had used emergency contraception less than younger women, with five percent of women aged 30–44 having ever used it.

Considering ethnic origin and race, the study found that non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women were more likely to have ever used emergency contraception (11 percent) compared with non-Hispanic black women (7.9 percent)…

The CDC states that there are at least four brands of emergency contraceptive pills currently available and that most are available over the counter for women aged 17 and older.
[15 Feb 13,  Thaddeus Baklinski, Atlanta,]




Study: Free Emergency Contraception Increases STD Rates

A new American study [ ] published this week has shown that making emergency contraception available free over the counter without prescription, in Washington State, leads to an increase in rates of sexually transmitted infections and does not decrease pregnancy or abortion rates

The results are almost identical to those of a British study published in the Journal of Health Economics (The impact of emergency birth control on teen pregnancy and STIs, in December 2010 [reported in the Daily Telegraph in January 2011].

This 2010 research, by professors Sourafel Girma and David Paton of Nottingham University, compared areas of England where the scheme was introduced with others that declined to provide emergency contraception free from chemists.

The academics found that rates of pregnancy among girls under 16 remained the same, but that rates of sexually transmitted infections increased by 12%.

In fact, in a systematic review published in 2007, twenty-three studies published between 1998 and 2006, and analyzed by James Trusse

ll’s team at Princeton University, measured the effect of increased EC access on EC use, unintended pregnancy, and abortion. Not a single study among the 23 found a reduction in unintended pregnancies or abortions following increased access to emergency contraception (see also fact sheet here).

The phenomenon whereby applying a prevention measure results in an increase in the very thing it is trying to prevent is known as ‘risk compensation’.

The term has been applied to the fact that the wearing of seatbelts does not decrease the level of some forms of road traffic injuries since drivers are thereby encouraged to drive more recklessly.

In the same way it has been argued that making condoms readily available actually increases rather than decreases rates of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections because condoms encourage teenagers to take more sexual risks in the false belief that they will not suffer harm.

While condoms offer some protection against sexually transmitted infections, the morning-after pill offers none.

Britain has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Western Europe. In 2008, the latest year for which figures are available, more than 7,500 girls in England and Wales became pregnant. Nearly two thirds of these pregnancies ended in abortion.

Rates of sexually transmitted diseases are also rising. In 2009 there were 12,000 more cases than the previous year, when 470,701 cases were reported. The number of infections in 16-to 19 year-olds seen at genito-urinary medicine clinics rose from 46,856 in 2003 to 58,133 in 2007.

International research has consistently failed to find any evidence that emergency birth control schemes achieve a reduction in teenage conception and abortion rates. But now there is growing evidence showing that not only are such schemes failing to do any good, but they may in fact be doing harm.

Making the emergency contraceptive pill available over the counter free, without prescription, is sadly an ill-conceived knee-jerk response to Britain’s spiralling epidemic of unplanned pregnancy, abortion and sexually transmitted disease amongst teenagers. It is also not evidence-based.

The best way to counter the epidemic of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease is to promote real behaviour change. The government would be well advised to enter into dialogue with leaders of communities in Britain where rates of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy are low, especially Christian faith communities, to learn about what actually works.

Related Study — The Impact of Emergency Birth Control on Teen Pregnancy and STIs,

[ Note: Dr. Peter Saunders is a doctor and the CEO of CMF, a British organization of 4,500 doctors and 1,000 medical students. This article originally appeared on his blog. He is also associated with the Care Not Killing Alliance in the UK.]

5 DEC 2012, DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-7295.2012.00498.x

In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved access to emergency contraception through pharmacies without a prescription.

Several states, however, had previously allowed pharmacy access to emergency contraception. In particular, Washington State was the first state to implement such a program in 1998. If emergency contraception is used as a substitute for a surgical abortion, then pharmacy access could reduce unintended pregnancy. Pharmacy access, however, could lead to an increase in risk taking, especially among teens or young adults, and hence lead to increased rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

In this article, we use county-level data as well as specific timing of changes in pharmacy access to consider the intended and unintended consequences of pharmacy access to emergency contraception in Washington.

The results indicate that while county-level access to emergency contraception was unrelated to trends in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and abortions before access changed, access afterwards led to a statistically significant increase in STD rates (gonorrhea rates), both overall and for females. We do not find, however, an impact of pharmacy access on abortion or birth rates. These results are robust to several specification tests (including use of Oregon counties as additional control counties) as well as several falsification tests. (JEL I1, I18, J13)

‘Emergency contraception’ increases STD rates, does not reduce abortions, new study finds

A new study has found increased access to “emergency contraception” increases the rates of sexually transmitted diseases, while doing nothing to reduce the number of abortions.

Christine Piette Durrance, Ph. D., analyzed county-by-county data in Washington State and found that more widespread use of the morning-after pill led “led to a statistically significant increase in STD rates (gonorrhea rates), both overall and for females.”

Contraceptives such as Plan B, or Ella, do nothing to protect a woman from sexually transmitted diseases.

Meanwhile, the researcher said that she did not find “an impact of pharmacy access on abortion or birth rates,” according to the study’s abstract.

“One of the worst ramifications of the easy availability of emergency contraception is the false sense of security that it gives to girls and women,” Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., director and senior fellow of The Beverly LaHaye Institute, told “The nation is facing an epidemic of STDs among the 15-25 age group where there are nearly 20 million new cases every year.”

The new findings were released just after the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement asking doctors and school nurses to promote the use of “emergency contraception” among sexually active adolescents.

“It is appalling to have pediatric and other medical associations promote Plan B usage among adolescents when their use is so contrary to a teen’s well-being,” Dr. Crouse said.

Durrance’s report is the latest scholarly finding to question the effectiveness of promoting a morning-after approach to teen sexuality.

A recent working paper for the National Poverty Center reviewed 23 studies of emergency contraception and concluded “that the evidence points against there being an effect of EC on pregnancy or abortion rates.”

Their conclusions confirm a study conducted in the United Kingdom last January, which found that widespread access to abortifacients did nothing to reduce pregnancy but increased STD rates by 12 percent. The report, co-authored by Dr. David Paton, appeared in the Journal of Health Economics in January 2011.

“We’ve reached a point in America where those who promote left-wing ideologies about ‘reproductive care’ have lost all sense of responsibility for the well-being of our young people,” Dr. Crouse told LifeSiteNews. “Instead, the adults have sold out to the special interests, and our gi

rls and women are paying a very high price in terms of their overall health and well-being.”

[12Dec12, Ben Johnson, CHAPEL HILL, NC,]



QuickStats: Use of Selected Contraception Methods Among Women Aged 15–44 Years Currently Using Contraception — National Survey of Family Growth, United States, 1995 and 2006–2010

IUD = intrauterine device.
†    Other hormonal methods include Norplant implant and 3-month injectable Depo-Provera for 1995. For 2006–2010, other hormonal methods also include Implanon implant, 1-month injectable Lunelle, contraceptive patch, and contraceptive ring.

Little change occurred from 1995 to 2006–2010 in the percentage of women aged 15–44 years currently using contraception who were using female or male sterilization or the pill as their most effective method. A decrease occurred in the percentage of women relying on condoms, and increases occurred in the percentages of women using other hormonal methods and the IUD. The pill (28%) and female sterilization (27%) remained the most common contraceptive methods used.

Source: Jones J, Mosher W, Daniels K. Current contraceptive use in the United States, 2006–2010, and changes in patterns of use since 1995. Natl Health Stat Rep 2012(60). Available at Adobe PDF file.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the use of selected contraception methods among women aged 15-44 years currently using contraception in the United States in 1995 and during 2006-2010. Little change occurred from 1995 to 2006-2010 in the percentage of women aged 15-44 years currently using contraception who were using female or male sterilization or the pill as their most effective method.

A decrease occurred in the percentage of women relying on condoms, and increases occurred in the percentages of women using other hormonal methods and an intrauterine device.

The pill (28%) and female sterilization (27%) remained the most common contraceptive methods used.

[CDC, MMWR, December 21, 2012 / 61(50);1031;]