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Pro-life blog buzz 3-20-15

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  • Down on the Pharm says a pair of Austrian scientists is asking for more research to be done on the effects of hormonal birth control on the human brain:

    Of particular interest are the social and behavioral effects of these hormones when used in younger patients whose brains are still undergoing major development and maturation….

    Changes in brain development in younger BC users may be more profound, with some expected to be irreversible.

  • At Josh Brahm’s blog, Timothy Brahm answers the accusation that the Equal Rights Institute’s philosophy of how to speak to pro-choicers is too soft:

    I’m not saying “just be nice.” I’m also not saying “don’t be offensive.” I’m arguing that we should love the people we talk to by seeking their best interest, and that means different things for different people. For some people, the most loving thing we can do for them is to graciously confront them with the truth about abortion, even if it offends them. For others, the most loving thing we can do for them is to listen to them, at least for a time.

    One of the reasons why we train pro-life advocates to love the person they’re talking with is that loving, truthful people are always more persuasive than unloving, truthful people.

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  • Abstinence Clearinghouse says an adolescent sexuality conference set to be held in Oregon created such controversy that it has been canceled:

    For the last 30 years, Oregon has hosted an Adolescent Sexuality Conference that has wrongfully presented sexually-explicit material to the public, including to children under 18. In April of 2014, protestors picketed the conference because some of the material was perverse and possibly illegal. Topics discussed usually include sexting, what you can find on porn sites and sexual consent.

  • At Bound4Life, Marisa Lengor Kwaning discusses the Iowa Supreme Court case currently examining the safety of webcam abortions, explaining that the case could have nationwide impact:

    Based on their argument of abortion being a “fundamental right” under Iowa’s Constitution, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland sued the state medical board. A Polk County district court upheld the medical board’s decision.

    Planned Parenthood appealed the decision and, as a result, the case was heard by the Iowa Supreme Court on March 11.

    The Iowa Board of Medicine ban is based on their concern for the health risks to women involved in webcam abortions. According to Matthew Heffron, an attorney with the Thomas More Society, “This is a national test case. [Planned Parenthood] is trying procedure here. If they are successful in this case, they will probably attempt to spread the practice in other states.”

    Planned Parenthood’s assertion in this case – since abortion is a “fundamental right,” it should not matter how the procedure takes place – should trouble anyone concerned about women’s health. Their legal fight is to preserve the practice, no matter the human cost.

  • At 40 Days for Life, international outreach director Robert Colquhoun discusses being a presence on the sidewalks at abortion clinics, and gives three suggestions on what to say if you meet a pregnant woman considering an abortion:
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Stanek weekend question: Should pro-lifers support OTC sale of contraceptive pills?

Should hormonal contraception be available OTC?AllahPundit at HotAir.com poses this as a political question: Should the GOP support over-the-counter sales of birth control pills?

I’d like to ask the same of pro-lifers. Be sure to take the poll at the bottom of this post.

To boil AllahPundit’s thoughts down, now that the Supreme Court has ruled closely held for-profit corporations do not have to pay for abortion-causing contraceptives, the Obama administration could force insurance companies to provide them “free” (spread the cost among all insurance payees) or force taxpayers to foot the bill (actually, more of the bill we already foot through so-called “family planning” funding).

So why not just make contraceptive pills available over-the-counter, i.e., without a prescription? If the much higher dosed morning-after pills are now available OTC, why not “morning-before” pills? This would simply alleviate the HHS Mandate mess.

Policy reasons to support OTC contraceptives

Ben Domenech at The Federalist thinks such a move would be good policy:

There are a number of objections to this, but I find them to largely amount to unconvincing paternalism. The chief argument advanced is that standard oral contraceptives mess with hormones and have all sorts of side effects. This is, of course, true! But: dangerous side effects are rampant within all sorts of other over the counter drugs. Women can think for themselves and make decisions with their doctor and pharmacist about what drugs they want to take….

It’s obvious why libertarians like the idea of OTC birth control. Conservatives should like it because it removes the responsibility for redistributive payment from themselves while demonstrating that yes, they really aren’t about banning things or preventing access to birth control. And liberals should like it because it will lower the drop-out rate, which is currently largely driven by the requirement to re-up the prescription as much as every few months. The American College of OB-GYNs supports it….

Political reasons to support OTC contraceptives

Ameliorate GOP "war on women" meme by making hormonal contraceptives available OTCPhilip Klein at the Washington Examiner thinks the move would be politically savvy on the part of Republicans:

It would make it a lot more difficult for Democrats to portray the GOP as being only interested in obstructing Democrats rather than supporting their own ideas, and harder to accuse Republicans of being broadly against access to birth control…

If Democrats oppose the move, they’ll have to explain why they want to force women to go through their doctors to obtain birth control and make it harder for uninsured women to gain access.

Moral reasons to oppose OTC contraceptives

The major con against approving of OTC hormonal contraception from a pro-life perspective is it might be to tacitly endorse wider distribution of abortion drugs.

Hormonal contraception can cause abortionsA con from a pro-woman perspective would be that making birth control pills available without seeing a doctor decreases the likelihood girls and women will get proper screening before taking hormonal contraceptives, which are contraindicated for a variety of reasons. Such a move would also decrease the likelihood of proper preventative care, such as PAP smears and breast exams.

Cons from a pro-family perspective would be that wider availability of contraceptives might increase sexual promiscuity as well as aid and abet sexual perpetrators.

The Planned Parenthood factor

Planned Parenthood will lose money if contraception made available OTCIt will be interesting to see how Planned Parenthood comes down on this idea.

Seems to me making hormonal contraceptives available OTC would severely cut into its profit margin. Women would no longer need appointments to get contraceptive pills, nor would they need the Planned Parenthood middleman to purchase them. Wonder if this is one reason Planned Parenthood has begun pushing IUDs. [UPDATE 7/6 5:30p: Looks like ‘m on to something. Robin MartyTruth-Out.org, July 5: “Of course, conservatives really want OTC contraceptives not because they think people should have the ability to prevent pregnancy, but because they hope that would put Planned Parenthood out of business. Once again, that is always the end goal.]

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Feminists mock Ricki Lake’s documentary on Pill dangers, sight unseen

UPDATE 2/24, 4:30p: World Magazine has picked up on this story, quoting from my blog post.

UPDATE 2/20, 7:10p: Ricki Lake has chimed in on Twitter:

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2/20, 5:38p: A release date has not even been set on Ricki Lake’s upcoming documentary on the dangers of hormonal contraception, called Sweetening the Pill, but feminists and liberals are already trying to flush it. Here’s the Perez Hilton headline that goes with the gif above…

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Breast cancer triples among young women over past 3 decades; researchers “don’t know why”

imageUpdate 3-5, 6:50a: The Coalition of Abortion Breast Cancer has posted more details on the JAMA study.

3-4, 8:44a: Washington Post, February 27:

Cases of advanced breast cancer among women younger than 40 have tripled in the U.S. over the last three decades, a trend that researchers said has “been increasing at a steady or even accelerating rate.”… according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association….

“This study identifies a trend that hasn’t been described in the past,” said Rebecca Johnson, medical director of the Adolescent and Young Adult oncology program at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the study’s lead author. “We’ll definitely need future studies to figure out why this change is occurring.”

The analysis found the percentage of advanced cases increased annually and at a faster rate toward the end of the study, researchers said. The rise was independent of race and ethnicity. There was no corresponding increase among older women, the study found.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in 15- to 39-year- old females in the U.S. and accounts for 14% of all cancer in women and men in this age group, the authors wrote. Those diagnosed with the disease at a younger age have a higher risk of dying than those who are older. The national five-year survival rate for 20- to 34-year-olds diagnosed with advanced breast cancer is 31%, compared with 87% for women with less aggressive forms of the disease….

Reasons Unclear

“It’s a real phenomenon and an important one,” said Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the Atlanta-based American Cancer Society. “Why it’s happening, we don’t know. We have identified that this is happening and it’s consistent over time and it’s a source of concern that we have to keep evaluating.”

The researchers looked at data from the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results registries from 1973-2009, 1992-2009 and 2000-2009 to determine if the breast cancer rate in young women was rising. The findings show that only advanced cancers, those that have spread beyond the breast to other organs, are rising and mostly among 25-to 34-year-olds….

Studies Needed

Until more studies are done, Johnson said she could only speculate on the reason behind the increase. She said it could be “toxic environmental exposure or changes in lifestyle over the past 34 years.”…

Lichtenfeld… said some of the increase may be explained by the fact that women now delay having children more than women 30 years ago. Having children early in life is protective against the disease, he said.

I am sure it is obvious to these researchers but they dare not say out loud that abortion is a plausible reason for the spike in early breast cancers. It is most telling that they began surveying data from the year 1973, noncoincentally, I’m sure, the same year abortion was legalized in the U.S., one of those unspoken “changes in lifestyle.”

(There is also hormonal contraception, a Group I Carcinogen – along with asbestos, tobacco, and mustard gas – according to the World Health Organization.)

Only political correctness would stop an obviously intelligent person like Lichtenfeld from connecting the dots between delayed childbearing and induced abortion.

The same National Cancer Society that denies a link between abortion and breast cancer acknowledges breast cancer risk factors include having no children, delaying childbearing, and more menstrual cycles – all of which induced abortions cause. NCS also acknowledges breastfeeding helps prevent breast cancer – which abortion stops.

These all have to do with decreased exposure to estrogen and maturation of breast cells so they are less cancer-vulnerable. Thus, one way abortion increases the risk of breast cancer is by inhibiting the protective effect of childbearing.

But there is another way abortion independently raises the risk of breast cancer. During early pregnancy breast cells proliferate. These cells only mature after 32 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion cuts off their ability to mature, leaving more breast cells than before a mother was pregnant vulnerable to breast cancer.

At some point these people will be guilted into coming clean to the general public. Their denial of the abortion and breast cancer link already looks ridiculous to the objective observer.

[HT: Susie Allen]

Chicago Sun-Times reporter: I had a stroke at 30 thanks to the Pill

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Monifa Thomas is not simply a journalist who works for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Thomas was hired in 2005 as a health and medicine reporter and in 2010 was promoted to the editorial board due to her “particular expertise in medical issues and government health care,” according to the Sun-Times.

And still Thomas didn’t know about the dangers of the birth control pill. Here’s an excerpt of her story, published in the Sun-Times on December 25:

Paramedics came and took me to Saint Joseph Hospital, not far from my apartment on the North Side.

At the hospital, someone asked for my Social Security number. I told him.

Friends were there now, too. I can still picture their worried faces.

Again, the hospital worker said: I need to know your Social Security number.

“Yeah,” I told him, “I know. I’m giving it to you.”

And, in my head, I was. But instead of numbers, all that came out of my mouth were letters.

I didn’t understand then what I do now: On July 8, 2011, a clot blocked the flow of blood to my brain, cutting the supply of oxygen, causing parts of the tissue there to die.

I was 30 years old, and I’d just had a stroke….

Why me?

For some, the cause of a stroke is clear. High blood pressure, diabetes, compounded over the years, maybe with a family history of circulatory problems thrown in, lead to cardiovascular decay and plaque-narrowed arteries, then a heart attack or stroke.

But that wasn’t me.

I was young. And I had done the things you’re supposed to do to keep healthy.

I didn’t smoke. I exercised regularly. I danced salsa and practiced tae kwon do. I stayed away from bad foods, mostly. I literally ate an apple every day.

I had just had a physical in June, after turning 30, a couple of weeks before my stroke, and there was no sign of trouble.

Which led my doctors to a different likely culprit. They told me they thought birth-control pills probably were a factor.

Now, I was even angrier because I’m one of those people who actually reads the warning labels that come with any prescription drug, and I’d read that a stroke was a risk when you’re on a birth-control pill. But none of the other risk factors seemed to apply. So I thought it probably wouldn’t be a problem for me.

Read about Monifa’s long road back. It’s quite scary, yet inspiring. Monifa is quite brave. I especially appreciate that she used her experience to expose just one of the harms of the birth control pill.

A few of the comments:

Amy Hamer: I had a stroke at age 39 in Feb 2011. Mine was also caused by birth control pills. I thank God my boyfriend was with me and knew something wasn’ right…. Women think birth control pills are just a simple little pill, but you are really altering your body chemistry to make your body think it’s always pregnant. I feel extremely lucky that I got medical treatment quickly. I’m still not 100% and probably never will be, I just have to make the best of it and be thankful I’m not 20% or even dead.

Migdalia Bulnes: I too had a stoke at the age of 32, due to birth control pills. I can relate to everything in your story…. I could not even hold a cup of coffee in my left hand or even do a ponytail on my hair, simple things. Thank God that its been 12 years, I am a sergeant for the Chicago Police Department….

MadKatFever: I also lost a 35 y.o. friend to blood clots which landed in her lungs instead of her brain. Three trips to 2 separate hospital emergency rooms and they still could not figure it out. Until the fourth trip which resulted in an ICU admission and her death 40 hours later. Cause of death: pulmonary emboli related to birth control usage.

[HT: Matt Abbott]

Cuckoo for contraceptives

On September 21 the Huffington Post published results of a new survey on contraceptive use. The most provocative find:

5. The pill is the most popular form of contraception. About 15 percent of women reported using the pill in the last 30 days, compared to 8 percent who said they used a male condom.

Note the spin. “The most popular for of contraception” is used only 15% of the time.

Another interesting find:

4. Forty-three percent of women who had been pregnant previously, had experienced at least one unintended pregnancy. Of those 43 percent, 50 percent said that their unintended pregnancies had occurred as the result of failed birth control (i.e. a ripped condom or not taking their birth control pill regularly).

In other words, contraceptives used in real time (not theory) have a 50% failure rate.

Aside from the fact the female public doesn’t like the Pill, and aside from the fact contraceptives have a dismal success rate, feminists and the abortion industry are currently pushing for pandemic distribution of free hormonal contraceptives because, they say,  it’s what women want and need to prevent unintended pregnancy.

Neither liberals nor the mainstream media nor the government stop to analyze the reality that contraceptives fail the hype. Instead we get this:

Bear in mind, the morning-after pill contains 2-10 times the dosage of female hormones as the birth control pill, and there are no long-term studies on the harm to adolescent girls, particularly with repeated use.

Liberals are all-organic, all-green, and anti-Big Pharma – except when it comes to hormonal contraception, in which case they turn a blind eye.

This is because the alternative to pushing contraceptives on the public is unthinkable, for three reasons:

  1. The Pill was the cornerstone is the 1960s sexual revolution, and the hippies are now in charge of the country.
  2. The Pill is lucrative, as is the back-up plan, abortion.
  3. The only foolproof way to prevent pregnancy and STDs is by maintaining abstinence until marriage and then being faithful, a message that would be to admit Christian prudes were right and would also stop the gravy train.

Step back. In plain English hormonal contraceptives (which include the Pill, shots, and implants) contain artificial steroids taken on a daily basis over the course of decades that chemically alter a woman’s normal monthly menstrual cycle by overriding messages sent by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, both located in the brain.

Does that sound healthy? We now know it’s not. Hormonal contraceptives increase a woman’s risk of fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, infertility, liver tumors, yeast infections, and more; and they decrease her bone density and libido, and more. (And a new study shows the Pill increases the risk of staph infections, aside from the fact it offers no protection against STDs.)

Will we ever learn? It’s possible. It just depends on whether or not we’re sailing on the Contraceptive Titanic.

Pro-life blog buzz 6-12-12

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Fletcher Armstrong discusses Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin and notes how Walker’s promotion of school choice may affect Planned Parenthood.
  • Big Blue Wave wonders why on earth the Canadian auto worker unions are getting involved in pro-choice counter-demonstrations. Are Canadian pro-choice groups so desperate for protesters that they have to borrow from other groups?
  • At Coming Home, Gerard Nadal examines eugenic and after-birth abortion (infanticide) in the first post of a series on medical ethics.
  • Abby Johnson writes an open letter to all abortion clinic workers informing them of the support available to them if they choose to leave the industry. In part of the letter, she also recounts the fact that Planned Parenthood admits to routinely asking personnel to commit fraud in overbilling state and federal governments.
  • Bryan Kemper expresses his outrage at Planned Parenthood’s establishment of a clinic inside a Los Angeles high school.

  • The Family Research Council blog prints Dr. Donna Harrison’s rebuttal to a recent New York Times article promoting the morning-after pill:

    The recent [article]… asserting that so-called abortifacient drugs may not be abortive at all, is a wonderful example of convolution of facts to obscure reality. First of all, lumping together two very different drugs and calling them “morning-after pills” allows for clever confusion of what is known about the mechanism of action of each drug, and the role of progesterone in helping the embryo to implant and sustain the pregnancy.

  • Down on the Pharm points out a reversal in Korea’spolicies regarding the morning-after pill and daily hormonal contraception:

    The KDFA justification for changing daily administered birth control pill brands to prescription status is due to their side effects…: thrombosis, thromboembolism, thrombo puerperalis, myocardial infarction, cerebral hemorrhage and cerebral thrombosis among others.The pills are banned from being administered to women with breast cancer, endometrial cancer, hepatitis and thromboembolism. Their use is also restricted among women who are over 40 years old, obese, have headaches, depression or other related conditions.

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(Prolifer)ations 2-7-12

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

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