September-August 2007: Birth Control / EC / Plan B

Prescription for Strong Bones: Drink Your Milk and Stay Off the Pill Woman Dies from Blood Clot Plan B Sales  FDA Sued Over Unlawful Approval of Morning-After Pill / Plan B Abortion Numbers in Scotland Rise Again Despite [Because of…?] OTC Morning After Pill/ EC Washington Pharmacists Sue State Over Forcing Sales of Morning After Pill / Emergency Contraception… PRESCRIPTION FOR STRONG BONES: DRINK YOUR MILK AND STAY OFF THE PILL. A recent study of female military cadets shows that the Pill and cessation of menstrual periods both decrease bone density during critical years. This side effect could have long-lasting results because women reach their peak bone mass by age 25. The oral contraceptive Lybrel, now available in the United States, also stops monthly periods entirely in most cases. Nutrition and exercise were protective factors. (Source: “Oral contraceptives, other factors reduce bone mass,” Reuters, 08-24-07, http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSCOL46695420070824) [Reuters, 24Aug07; Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update, 8/29/2007]       BIRTH CONTROL PILL CREATES CLOT AFFECTING WOMAN'S DEATH. An Irish woman has died of a blood clot after taking the birth control pill for several years. Her family and an investigating doctor have publicly attributed her death to the use of the contraceptive. On March 22 of last year, 31-year-old Julie Hennessy was found dead on the floor of her living room, Ireland Independent reports. Although she was a non-smoker of healthy weight, the woman had been taking the drug Mercilon for a number of years. This resulted in her developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein-usually in one of the appendages. As...

EC / Morning After Pill NOT Required by HHS to be Distributed in States (2004)

The entire Alabama Congressional Delegation contacted AL Department of Public Health Director Dr. Donald Williamson in 2004, urging him to stop dispensing Emergency Contraception (also called Plan B, or the Morning After Pill) in county health departments. Dr. Williamson responded that he was required by the federal government to do so. The AL Delegation then contacted Secretary Tommy Thompson, and Dr. Williamson contacted Dr. Alma Golden, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to verify this. Here is the letter of the AL Delegation back to Dr. Williamson. EC Congressional Delegation Letter to ADPH Director Dr. Donald Williamson [15June2004] Thompson Letter to Congressman Aderholt 23 July 2004 Golden Letter to Dr....

Plan B Activist Admits: Easy Access Has Not Reduced Pregnancies or Abortions (2005)

A prominent advocate for Plan B, the morning-after pill [Emergency Contraception], admitted today that "real world" experience of easy access to the drug has not reduced the numbers of pregnancies or abortions. Pressed by CWA's Wendy Wright at the National Press Club's Newsmaker Forum, Kirsten Moore, president and CEO of Reproductive Health Technologies Project, conceded there is no evidence that easy access to the morning-after pill reduces the number of pregnancies or abortions. And after alleging there have been no increases, she immediately concedes there have been increases in the countries where it is easily available. Moore said, "I think it's an honest question, the 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, were not necessarily seeing an increase either. Again, where we see the increases, correlation does not equal causation."  To listen to the full panel discussion, visit www.cwfa.org. [CWA, www.cwfa.org, 202-488-7000 ext. 126; AAPLOG, 7Dec05] [Whatever happened to that little boy who, ignoring political correctness, told the truth about the Emperor?  Kristin Moore will either be excoriated, discredited, or completely ignored by the media.  Maybe all three – because she told the truth. ...

Serious Medical Concerns & Questions About Women/Teen Health and EC/MAP (Plan B) (2004)

For more articles concerning EC/MAP, click here. Emergency Contraception [EC] is a very potent medication. EC is also called the Morning After Pill [MAP]. (A specific brand of EC sold in the USA is Plan B.) EC is being provided in local health department clinics in most states. It is billed as a way to avoid pregnancy. State Health Departments are NOT required to dispense this medication. Based on HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson’s clarification that states are not required to dispense EC at county health clinics, we urge states to stop the distribution of EC, and we urge the FDA to NOT approve the sale of EC over-the-counter [OTC] for the reasons that follow: The Alabama Department of Public Health calls EC distribution “Good Public Health Policy” to prevent unplanned pregnancy and decrease abortion rates. Even if this were proven, the use of EC without medical oversight is very contrary to sound medical principles. 1.  The ACOG recommends regular STD testing for sexually active women, and especially for those outside a monogamous relationship.  That there would be an increase in sexual activity and exposure to STDs with the use of EC is a given, with no physician oversight.      The Swedish Institute for Disease Control1 and the Washington State Health Department2 have noted a significant increase in Chlamydia infection in women, especially teens, in the 5 years following OTC availability of EC. (Free distribution of EC at all county health departments may not be equivalent to OTC purchase; but the ease of availability is certainly similar.) Untreated Chlamydia is a major cause for infertility.  Who can imagine how...

Emergency Contraception (EC/MAP) Research Information

Did you know that your emergency contraceptive may act as an abortifacient (have a pre-implantation effect)? Click here to find out why: www.morningafterpill.org   “Wilks' list of [“little known medical risks regarding use of the morning after abortion pill”] underscores the fact that we are witnessing yet another population control experiment in which women are being treated with less respect than guinea pigs.    "In this case, unlimited numbers of women are being exposed to the dangers of this abortifacient and there is not even a plan to measure complications and determine its safety… "Meanwhile, effective, safe, and free Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods based on periodic abstinence are mocked & dismissed because (a) pharmaceutical companies can't make money off them, and (b) NFP methods underscore the importance of marriage, communication, and respect for life.” [David C. Reardon, Ph.D., Elliot Institute] EC/MAP has various names based on the manufacturer: Plan B in the USA, Postinor-2 in Australia, etc. Wilks: “Why this pharmacy does not sell Postinor-2; the 'morning-after' pill (MAP) "1. Scientific studies have provided strong evidence indicating that for many women the 'morning-after' pill (MAP) does not stop a pregnancy from occurring. "Researchers have said that it acts in at least 2 ways to end a pregnancy:    "a.   By damaging the lining of the womb so that implantation of the human embryo – the unseen patient – cannot occur. [1]   "b. Research in mice has also indicated that if an embryo attaches to the womb, the body reabsorbs it, thereby ending the embryo’s life. [2]  "Because the MAP can act via these two methods, it must be classified as an abortifacient...