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Protest the Pill Day ’09: The Pill Kills Women Talking Points

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

Q: How does the pill kill women?
A: The birth control pill and other birth control products have a long list of dangerous side effects. Oftentimes what can happen is that 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. That having been said, there are still many unanswered questions regarding whether or not the pill was at least partially the cause of more deaths than we can document. A thorough investigation should be done, not only because the pill has dangerous side effects, but to protect the health and wellbeing of women in general in the United States.

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 of 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. 1

Clearly since the pill was not safe even before it was approved by the FDA, it certainly is not safe now. Anyone claiming that the birth control pill is safe should explain this to Jennifer Gray. Jennifer 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 and the birth control pill triggered these clots. The pill is not safe. 2

Q: Even if the pill has contributed to the deaths of some women in recent years, why are you protesting something that seems to benefit more people than it kills?
A: Benefit whom? The pill and other birth control products can and do kill. How is that a benefit? How many more women have to die or experience serious side effects that lead to death before YOU join us in our effort to educate others on the dangers of this chemical?

What we are doing is helping women and men understand the TRUTH. No one can know whether or not the pill has been a contributing factor in more deaths since the U.S. Standard Certificate of Death does not include a section that asks whether or not the deceased was taking some form of birth control. The certificate asks if tobacco use contributed to death, but it does not ask whether the deceased female was using the pill, either currently or at any time during her life. In the U.S. in 2004, 21,813 females died from cardiac arrest and heart failure. 3 How many of these women were on the pill, or at one point in their lives had been on the pill? The federal government has a moral obligation to conduct research on this question and to modify the U.S. Standard Certificate of Death so that the right questions are asked. It is well documented that the birth control pill contributes to many cardiovascular problems in women. As a matter of fact, women using oral contraceptives have five times greater risk of death from cardiovascular causes. 4 Be sure to visit for more information.

Q: Is the pill really dangerous to MY health? I’m healthy!
A: Even healthy women who were in their teens and twenties have died from the pill and other birth control products. These products are not safe. They can lead to several different cardiovascular problems as well as breast cancer, cervical cancer, infertility, birth defects, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, shrinking of the womb, weight gain and much more. 5, 6, 7