Remember Emily Letts, the woman who filmed her own abortion?
Letts was willing to engage in unprotected hook-up sex, and willing to submit to an abortion, but one thing even she considered too risky was the birth control pill, as she explained to Cosmopolitan:
I’m a sex educator, and I love talking about birth control. Before this experience, hormonal birth control scared me because of complications I’d heard about from friends – gaining weight, depression, etc…. [and] I wasn’t super interested in putting hormones in my body.
And rightfully so. Hormonal contraceptives – which includes the Pill, patch, ring, implant, IUD, and shot – are ridden with all sorts of dangers, such as (all information below compiled on pdf here):
- Yaz and Yasmin bc pill: 13,000+ injury lawsuits filed, DrugNews, March 2014
- Yaz and Yasmin bc pill suspected in 23 deaths, CBC News, June 2013
- Beyoz bc pill: can cause increased blood clots, new FDA warning, December 2011
- AIIMS study finds 9.5 times increased risk of breast cancer if taking bc pill, January 2014
- Even low-dose estrogen pills increase risk of stroke by 2 times: American Heart Association, 2004 and 2012
- Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology issued an urgent warning to women taking bc pill after finding it killed 11 women and caused 350+ side effects in 5-yr study, December 2013
- Nuva Ring users 6.5 times increased risk of blood clots, Decoded Science, December 2013
- Mirena IUD: 600+ lawsuits filed for perforated uterus; 70,000 adverse events since 2000, The Legal Examiner, December 2013
- World Health Organization’s IARC lists combined contraceptives as a Group 1 carcinogen
On June 7, the American Life League will hold its fifth annual Protest the Pill Day to draw attention to the danger hormonal contraception poses to both women and babies.
Hormonal contraceptives can stop a pregnancy by aborting a 5-9 day old baby before s/he attaches to the wall of the uterus. In addition, hormonal contraceptives are poisonous to women.
June 7 is an ominous day, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1965 Griswold v Connecticut decision, which legalized contraceptive use by finding a “right to privacy” in the Constitution, thereby opening the door to the 1973 Roe v Wade decision.
ALL is sponsoring informational protests outside Planned Parenthoods or abortion/contraception businesses and pharmacies. Find planning tips and a flyer here.
I am one of several sponsors of this event. Please help us educate women that hormonal contraceptives are extremely dangerous to their health.