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Obama, media, feminists push taxpayer-funded mustard gas for women

I don’t know what it’s going to take to get people to comprehend that hormonal contraceptives – i.e., the birth control pill, implants, and rings – are rated by the United Nations World Health Organization as Group 1 Carcinogens,” as toxic and in the same class as asbestos, mustard gas, and tobacco.

IT IS A SCANDAL that President Obama, feminists, the media, and the medical establishment continue to push these virulent cancer causing artificial steroids on our women.

Not once in this October 4 puff piece promoting free contraceptives did the Associated Press author or any of the medical professionals interviewed bring up any of the deadly harms of hormonal contraceptives.

THIS IS A FLAGRANT VIOLATION OF THE PUBLIC TRUST, all to promote liberal ideology.

Yes, I’m yelling. I’m so angry.  I listened on Christian radio over the weekend to a member of the Young Survival Coalition, and my heart broke. Why in the world is there the need to form a group such as this for the growing women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 35?  Women are being led like sheep to the slaughter.

From what I can read on YSC’s website, even they don’t fully understand the risk of using hormonal contraceptives, in part because the medical establishment and government agencies downplay it. But the information is out there.

From Slate in September 2010:

Last summer, in a study of more than 50,000 African-American women, Boston University epidemiologist Lynn Rosenberg found a 65 percent increase in a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer among those who had ever taken the birth-control pill. The risk doubles for those who had used the contraceptive within the past five years and had taken it for longer than 10 years.

From the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in April 2012:

The first large-scale U.S.-based study to evaluate the link between an injectable form of progestin-only birth control and breast cancer risk in young women has found that recent use of a year or more doubles the risk….

The National Cancer Institute and the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program funded the research.

From a 2009 study co-authored by Louise Brinton of the National Cancer Institute, about the aforementioned aggressive breast cancer:

[A]mong women ages 20 to 45 years… [o]ral contraceptive use ≥1 year was associated with a 2.5-fold increased risk for triple-negative breast cancer….

Among women ≤40 years, the relative risk for triple-negative breast cancer associated with oral contraceptive use ≥1 year was 4.2…

On and on. Meanwhile, Obama et al use the same tactics as the tobacco industry did (affirming “commitment to public well-being”) to promote contraceptives by ignoring the long list of risks to tout supposed benefits. From CNSNews.com, October 5…

“Contraceptive care… is vital for women’s health. Doctors prescribe contraception, not only for family planning but as a way to reduce the risk of ovarian and other cancers, and it’s good for our health care system in general because we know the overall cost of care is lower when women have access to contraceptive services,” Obama said at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

This is absolutely not true. Two of the risks for ovarian cancer in the first place are not having children and not breastfeeding. And breast cancer isn’t the only risk that steroidal contraceptives increase. WHO also labels them as Class I carcinogens for cervical and liver cancer. They also increase the risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attacks, and more. Obama’s contraceptive push is only going to kill women.

New York City’s Class I carcinogenic mayor

Guest post by Joel Brind, Ph.D.

We could all go along happily with his anti-smoking crusade. After all, everybody knows cigarette smoking – and maybe even second-hand smoke – causes cancer.

Then there was the elimination of trans-fat. Well, okay, there’s some evidence that’s bad for you, and no one could taste the difference if a food has any in it or not.

Then we started getting a bit more troubled: We don’t get to choose how much salt content or the volume of a soft drink we can buy? But we still managed to chuckle a bit at the new restrictions on bottle-feeding infants in hospitals. At least we all know it is better for babies to be breast fed. So we could still be amused at our “Nanny Bloomberg,” for we could be sure of at least one thing: All those things he has mandated are beneficial to human health.

But now our nanny mayor wants to give our school children – orally and by injection, without parental knowledge or consent – cancer-causing steroid drugs.

Say what!? You read that right: cancer-causing steroid drugs. You thought “the pill” was harmless, right? Just a little bit of harmless hormones, to stem the tide of costly, unhealthy teen pregnancy. Sorry, “hormonal contraceptives” are indeed cancer-causing steroid drugs. Who says so? Why, the World Health Organization says so, but why pay any attention to them? They’re only class 1 carcinogens for breast cancer, cervical cancer and liver cancer, according to the WHO.

And the reason I put “hormonal contraceptives” in quotes is that it is not true. The pill contains no hormones – artificial or otherwise. They are steroid drugs that act like hormones (hormone agonists, to be professionally precise). In fact, hormones would not work as a pill, so they have to be synthetic drugs. In fact, they are really the same type of steroid drugs that professional athletes can go to jail for taking. They are just the female version (which makes the breasts grow), rather than the male version (which makes muscles grow).

If you read the small print on the package insert for “the pill,” you will find increased risk of stroke, because these steroids can cause blood clots. But cancer? How long have researchers known that? Not too long. The first high-profile, peer-reviewed paper that documented the increased risk of breast cancer was just published in 1987, only a quarter-century ago. Of course there have been scores of papers since then.

But what about the more modern injectable form, the “depo” that is also included in the Mayor’s plan for NYC schoolgirls? Isn’t that safer, since it contains no estrogenic drugs?

Yeah, they are newer, and it takes years for stuff to cause cancer. So the first good study in the peer-reviewed medical literature just came out a few months back. A prominent, National Cancer Institute-funded group just published their findings: Yes indeed, “depo” significantly increases the risk of breast cancer…

I think Mayor Bloomberg should certainly have known about all this. But even if all his politically correct wizards of smart conveniently ignored the cancer risks of contraceptive steroids, he could have just called me. After all, I’ve been a full-time professor on the faculty of Hizzoner’s own City University of New York, teaching human biology and endocrinology for almost 27 years now (and researching steroid hormones and drugs for more than 30 years).

Seriously Mr. Mayor, if you really want our city’s citizens to be healthier – not sicker – please, call me!

Readers are encouraged to forward this post to the mayor’s office. Just maybe it will wake him up. Here’s the link to his contact page.

What every pro-lifer (esp Mitt Romney) should know about Tim Pawlenty

Guest post by Joel Brind, Ph.D.

He may or may not be on Mitt Romney’s short list for VP, but journalists always seem to have his name near the top of their list. At least Tim Pawlenty’spro-life credentials are reliable, right?

Well if you ask me, the view from under the Pawlenty bus ain’t so pretty.

As you may know, I have been researching and trying to bring into public awareness the abortion-breast cancer link (ABC link) for twenty years with some success, no thanks to Gov. Pawlenty.

Oh sure, in 2003 he signed into law the Women’s Right to Know law that required informed consent before abortion, the law previous Gov. Jesse Ventura had vetoed. And yes, Minnesota is one of only a handful of states that specifically mentions breast cancer as one of the medical risks of abortion explicitly in the statute. And yes, under Gov. Pawlenty’s watch in 2003, and according to the new law, a “handbook” for pregnant women was posted on the Minnesota Dept. of Health website to explain the facts about pregnancy and the risks of childbirth and abortion, including increased risk of breast cancer with abortion.

But something else had also happened in 2003 that soon affected what showed up on Pawlenty’s decision desk.

Under pro-life Congressional pressure to acknowledge the ABC link (in the form of a letter signed by no less than 28 Representatives) the National Cancer Institute held a 3-day “workshop” to review the evidence. In reality, it was a political charade designed to give the NCI’s official imprimatur to the denial of the ABC link. (As one of 100 invited experts, I was a participant and the sole dissenter from the official denial. Read my minority report here.

The official denial of the ABC link by the corrupt federal bureaucrats at the NCI cast a worldwide pall over efforts to educate the public, to be sure, but who would expect that pressure from the organization that represents the abortionists would sway a pro-life governor to pull the ABC link info from his state’s informational website?

Yet that’s exactly what happened, as a letter from the CEO of the Minnesota Medical Society, Robert Meiches, was all it took for Gov. Pawlenty to summarily delete the ABC link info from the state Dept. of Health website.

But lest the reader rush to Pawlenty’s defense, as one who does not have the requisite expertise to determine which side was correct about the existence of the ABC link (although one might expect him to defer to his own majority voices in both houses of the state legislature!), his willful avoidance of being educated on the issue was telling indeed.

You see, one of the state legislators who had sponsored the new law, Tim Wilkin, knew the governor well, and contacted me in New York to see if I was willing to give the governor a briefing on the subject, as he knew of the Meiches letter and Pawlenty’s consideration of doing Meiches’ bidding. I absolutely was willing – and told Wilkin so – to make the trip to Minnesota at my own expense to do so, anytime that the Governor was available.

But alas, as Wilkin informed me subsequently, Gov. Pawlenty was not interested in learning about the ABC link, and rather summarily yanked the ABC link info from the informational website handbook for pregnant women.

Today, the Minnesota Dept. of Health website’s handbook for pregnant women is even worse, carrying the NCI party line. It cites the phony NCI “workshop” consensus and an additional high profile (but fraudulent) review by a group at Oxford University, which, according to the website, “also indicated there is no link between abortion and breast cancer.” (Check out this website, which also shows links to summaries of the NCI report and the Oxford paper.).

Meanwhile, in the years since 2004, many more studies have come out which support the reality of the ABC link. Several are ironically from despotic nations such as China and Iran, and one American study, published in 2009, was actually co-authored by NCI official Louise Brinton (pictured left). Brinton was actually the official who orchestrated the phony 2003 “workshop” that essentially banished the ABC link from the public mind, valid scientific evidence – even her own – be damned.

So the end result in Minnesota is that a law which was intended to warn women about the dangers of abortion, instead falsely reassures them of abortion’s alleged long-term safety.

Thank you, Tim Pawlenty. At least now we know that when push comes to shove, he will defer to the federal bureaucracy and the abortionists’ rep. Not exactly the kind of official who could be relied upon to say, defund Planned Parenthood.

Seems to me Mr. Romney has some much better genuinely pro-life veep candidates to choose from.

The Reproductive Life of Julia

Last week the Obama campaign unveiled a slideshow entitled, The Life of Julia,” which was intended to show how much Obama, via the American taxpayer, has done and plans to do for women.

An honest feminist would be insulted by “The Life of Julia,” because its basic assumption is that women are unable to make it on their own without the patriarchal government’s assistance from cradle to grave.

I have been pondering “The Reproductive Life of Julia” under the Obama administration and have developed my own slideshow.  Click on any of the individual slides in this post, and they will appear in enlarged slideshow format…

(View Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama’s vote in favor of K-12 comprehensive sex ed here, Obama’s endorsement of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States’ sex ed guidelines here, and the SIECUS material referred to above here.)

(View U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s vote against the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act here.)

(View funding for school health clinics in Obamacare here; that 1 in 5 teens have genital herpes here; that Romney would repeal Obamacare here; and that Romney would promote abstinence education here.)

(View ACOG study, which found that 9% of women get pregnant every year on the birth control pill, and 18-21% get pregnant using condoms here, and meta-analysis of 22 worldwide studies, published in British Journal of Medicine September 2011, which found mothers who have abortions experience an 81% increased risk pf mental health problems. Separate effects: increased risk for anxiety disorders 34%; for depression 37%; for alcohol use/abuse 110%; for  marijuana use/abuse 220%; and for suicide behaviors 155% here.)

(View risk of preterm birth after abortions here; Romney on Supreme Court justices here; and that Obama believes Constitution a “living document” here.)

(View Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama’s opposition to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act here; and that induced abortions can lead to infertility here.)

(Read studies on the link between abortion/hormonal contraceptives and breast cancer here; view the 2009 study co-authored by National Cancer Institute’s chief of Environmental Epidemiology Branch finding a link between abortion/hormonal contraceptives and breast cancer here.)

“There are no side effects”: HPV’s ill-advised new poster child, Alexa Ray Joel

I had it. But I mean, a lot of people get it from my ex…. I mean it was fine, you know. There are no side effects.

You just go and get it taken care of….

It’s something like, I think the statistics were something like 98% of people will have it.

~ Singer/songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, 25, daughter of Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel, sadly clueless about the human papillomavirus, as quoted by The Daily Mail, October 28

HPV affects “at least half of all sexually active people,” according to the CDC. Along with causing genital warts, “persistent HPV infections are now recognized as the cause of essentially all cervical cancers, as well as most cases of anal cancer,” according to the National Cancer Institute, which also reports it is incurable: “[T]here is currently no medical treatment for HPV infections.”

See Alexa Ray’s full interview (warning: slightly graphic) at XO Jane.

Second abortion clinic owner dies of breast cancer

Robin Rothrock, founder of the Hope Medical Group for Women 2nd trimester abortion mill in Shreveport, LA, 30 years ago, died of breast cancer on December 27 at age 60.

Rothrock became the 2nd abortion clinic owner to die of breast cancer in 2010.

On January 30, Susan Hill, owner of a small chain of abortion mills under the  National Women’s Health Organization umbrella, also died of breast cancer, at age 61.

The sad irony pro-lifers will recognize is that abortion can cause breast cancer.

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Scandal: ACOG’s collusion with the White House to rewrite objective medical opinion to fit subjective political script

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UDPATE, 1:09p: This is rich. NARAL has decided it had better speak up for Kagan, meaning the hoopla must be getting pretty serious, since pro-aborts detest talking anywhere near the subject of partial-birth abortion….

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Pro-aborts rip latest study – by their own people – on abortion/breast cancer link

As expected, pro-aborts did not take well to my WorldNetDaily.com column this week, “Top scientist finally admits abortion-breast cancer link.”
In “The truth about breast cancer and abortion,” RH Reality Check’s managing editor Amie Newman relied heavily on one of the researchers publishing the study – to dispute the results of her own study:
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According to one of the researchers and authors of the report, Kathi Malone (pictured right), “There are no new findings related to induced abortion in this paper because the results of these women were published previously.”…
Dr. Brinton’s co-researcher and co-author, Kathi Malone, is clear about what this and all peer-reviewed studies show thus far on the link between abortion and breast cancer: “The weight of scientific evidence to date strongly indicates that abortion doesn’t increase the risk of breast cancer.“…

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