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For Protest the Pill Day ‘12: The Pill Kills Women and Babies

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Download and print your copy now The following are some questions about birth control. Feel free to use these answers if you are approached while protesting the pill.

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How does the pill kill women?
A: The birth control pill and other birth control products have a long list of dangerous side effects. The pill can cause a woman to develop deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot that forms in a vein. The blood clot can block the blood supply to the heart or brain, which could result in heart attack, stroke, or death. The clot could also travel to the lungs, which then could result in pulmonary embolism or death. Women have died as a direct result of taking the pill.

Q: What other ways does the pill kill women?
A: In 2005, the combined oral contraceptive was classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Group 1 means it definitely causes cancer in humans. Although it is true that the pill helps reduce the risk of some kinds of cancer, WHO said that it increases the risk of breast, cervical, and liver cancer. 1

Q: The pill killed women back in the 1950s. Isn’t the pill safer now?
A: In 1956, large-scale clinical trials began for the express purpose of learning the possible side effects of the pill. These trials were conducted so that the pill could gain approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Gregory Pincus, a biologist who worked closely with Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, chose Puerto Rico as the location of the human trials because it provided a large pool of poor, uneducated women who could be easily monitored. These women were literally human guinea pigs. In fact, the local doctor in charge of the study told Pincus that the pill causes “too many side reactions to be generally acceptable.” However, Pincus and his chief collaborator, Dr. John Rock, dismissed the doctor’s findings and did not investigate the side effects or the underlying causes of those side effects. Further, they did not investigate the reasons why some women died during the trials. 2

Anyone claiming that the birth control pill is safe should explain this to a young woman named Jennifer Gray. In 2008, Miami meteorologist Jennifer Gray was 25 years old when a blood clot almost took her life. The doctors told her she would have died within hours if she had not been persistent in finding out what was wrong with her. She had pulmonary emboli in both lungs triggered by the birth control pill. The pill is not safe. 3

Q: Is the pill really dangerous to MY health? I’m healthy!
A: Even healthy women who were in their teens and 20s have died from the pill and other birth control products. These products are not safe. They can lead to several different cardiovascular problems and cancer, as well as infertility, birth defects, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, shrinking of the womb, weight gain, and much more. 4 5 6

Q: What if I have to take the pill for medical reasons?
A: Since each woman and situation is different, you should talk this over with your doctor and find a safer alternative. If your doctor has no other alternative, then contact the Pope Paul VI Institute at 402-390-6600 or visit its website to learn more www.popepaulvi.com. There are trained professionals there who can help you find the real source and treatment for your medical condition, and they may even be able to make a referral to a trained physician in your area.

Q: Why aren’t we better informed about the fact that the pill can kill women?
A: That is a good question. We’d like to know too! The fact is that millions of dollars are invested in birth control. Planned Parenthood enters into sweetheart deals with birth control companies so that it can sell these dangerous products at its 749 facilities. Planned Parenthood is then able to make a profit from the sales. Instead of educating women on the healthy and natural way to “plan” their families, women only seem to be told to take the pill—which is described as being “safe.” Side effects are downplayed if they are even mentioned at all.

Q: If women are dying and others are becoming very ill, are the victims or victims’ families filing lawsuits?
A: Yes. In 2008, Johnson and Johnson was forced to recall the Ortho Evra birth control patch because of the number of women who suffered blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, or who died. Johnson and Johnson spent at least $68.7 MILLION to settle hundreds of lawsuits. 7 In 2012, Bayer AG will pay at least $100 million to settle some 500 lawsuits over injuries and death connect with the use of its Yasmin line of birth control. 8

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If you would like even more information, you can read The Pill Kills Babies Talking Points, The Pill Kills Women Talking Points, and The Pill Kills the Environment Talking Points.

References

1 “The Truth about Oral Contraceptives,” CompassCare, August 9, 2011, http://www.compasscare.info/blog/truth-about-oral-contraceptives

2 “People & Events: The Puerto Rico Pill Trials,” PBS Online, accessed March 26, 2012, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/pill/peopleevents/e_puertorico.html

3 “Jennifer Gray’s Story,” National Blood Clot Alliance, October 5, 2008, http://www.stoptheclot.org/News/article112.htm

4 “QuiverFull Pill Fact Sheet,” accessed March 26, 2012, http://www.quiverfull.com/birth_control/fact_sheet_on_pill_side_effect.html

5 Bogomir M.Kuhar, PharmD, FASCP, Infant Homicides through Contraceptives, 5th ed. (Bardstown, KY: Eternal Life, 2003).

6 John Wilks, A Consumer’s Guide to the Pill and Other Drugs, 3rd ed. (Mandaluyong, Philippines: National Book Store, Inc., 2000).

7 “J&J Paid $68 Million to Settle Birth-Control Cases (Update3),” Bloomberg.com, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=amZT0X84_8zU

8 “Bayer Said To Pay $110 Million In Yaz Birth-Control Cases” Bloomberg.com, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-13/bayer-said-to-pay-110-million-in-yaz-birth-control-cases.html