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Deadly health risks for women: The unspoken side of the Obama birth control mandate

By Jenn Giroux

For far too long there has been an ominous silence across America on arguably the most controversial and devastating issue of the day — birth control. As so often we see in history, oppression gives rise to courage and, no question, courage is exactly what we are seeing in Church leaders and layman alike in response to the Obama administration’s recent birth control mandate and more recent unacceptable modifications.

The Birth Control Mandate has forced the issue of contraception to move from being the elephant in the room to center stage. Perhaps in time we will see that it was a hidden blessing for our country. For years pro-life organizations refused to discuss or take on this topic despite the fact that free access to birth control increases the number of surgical abortions[1][2]. Most people repeat over and over that birth control decreases the number of abortions. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, today for every child born in the US, there are an estimated 2 children killed in the womb from both surgical and chemical, abortifacient drug abortions [3]. What isn’t being talked about is that the new mandate also pre-disposes women to serious long term and permanent health problems. In conjunction with the defense of both religious liberty and the spiritual well-being of women, we must also refute the absurd and deceptive statement that “women are healthier on birth control.”

Providing free hormonal birth control to women under the guise of ‘preventative services’ and ‘women’s health’ is a lie and women of all faiths deserve to know the truth.

Hormonal birth control methods can enter the body in various ways. These ways include ‘The Pill’ (by mouth), the Mirena IUD (Intrauterine Device), the implant (placed under the skin), ‘the Patch’ (absorbed through the skin), and the Vaginal Nuvaring. There are many other estrogen -progestin name brands that can be added to this list. Any way you name it, these hormone drugs dispense poison into a woman’s body.

Perhaps HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should inform her President of the following before he makes additional statements to the press like “it is cheaper to prevent than to treat.” Consider this:

— Since 1975 there has been a 400% increase in “in situ” breast cancer among pre-menopausal women under 50 years old. This mirrors the increased use of birth control over these same years. (“In situ” is a medical term which means “at the location” [4].

— A Mayo Clinic study confirms that any young girl or woman who is on hormonal birth control for 4 years prior to their first full term pregnancy increases their breast cancer risk by 52%. [5]

— Women who use hormonal birth control for more than 5 years are four times more likely to develop cervical cancer. [6]

— The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research arm of the World Health Organization, classifies all forms of hormonal contraception as a Group 1 carcinogen. This group of cancer causing agents also includes cigarettes and asbestos. [7] Why is it that the FDA can require cigarette manufacturers to place warning labels and real life photos of corpses on cigarette packages to warn consumers of the health dangers yet they, in turn, take an equally harmful substance (hormonal birth control) and force companies to give it away free to young girls without parental consent and woman of all ages?

— For high school boys and men to take steroid drugs, it is a crime. Whereas girls and women taking steroid drugs (i.e. hormonal birth control) are now treated as if they are taking a sacred, life preserving vitamin that women cannot live without. [8]

— In October 2010 the NY Times carried an article about Hormone Replacement Therapy drugs. It quoted the America Medical Association (AMA) as warning women that these post-menopausal drugs which were originally marketed as keeping a women “young and sexy” were discovered instead to be more likely to cause advanced and deadly breast cancer.[9] It stopped short of making one other startling revelation: The only difference between hormone replacement therapy drugs which cause deadly breast cancer and the hormonal birth control drugs (now mandated by the Obama administration) is that the birth control drugs are six times the dosage — and are the very same drug!

Never before has the US government mandated that private companies must provide services and it adds insult to injury when this mandate includes substances that harm women and cause them to unknowingly self-abort their babies a certain percentage of the time when they are using these substances.

How is it possible for women to self-abort when birth control is meant to prevent pregnancy? It is possible because many of these birth control methods still allow the woman’s body to ovulate every month. If sexual relations occur during that time, it is possible to get pregnant. Recently doctors tried to figure out why some women could not get pregnant using artificial insemination. They conducted a study which discovered that the lining of a woman’s uterus must be at least 8mm thick in order for a baby, in its tiniest form, to implant and grow in the womb. They found that the use of hormonal contraception (in any of the forms mentioned above) generally keeps the uterine lining below 6mm.[10] To be clear, if a baby is conceived by a woman on hormonal birth control the embryo cannot implant and grow to full gestation of 9 months if the integrity of the uterine lining is too thin. Instead the baby, in its tiniest form, is unknowingly self-aborted by its mother. This is what is meant by the word “abortifacient.” It isn’t just the “morning after” pill or “Ella” that is in the abortion inducing drug category. It is nearly all of the hormonal birth control that is being mandated.

Since Roe v Wade there has been over 55 million surgical abortions. These chemical abortions add an estimated 250 million additional abortions to our nation’s holocaust. [11]

This is not information that should be kept from the public. Women deserve to be told the truth. They are not being warned that birth control methods are causing breast, liver, and cervical cancer. They are not being told about the “silent killer” effect which is causing them to unknowingly abort their babies. They are instead being told that they are healthier on birth control because it decreases ovarian and uterine cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, out of 100 women with cancer, 31 have breast cancer, 6 have uterine cancer, and 3 have ovarian cancer. This is not a healthy tradeoff of risks that is worth taking. [12]

If, indeed,” it is cheaper to prevent than to treat” then it is time for the White House, Kathleen Sebeilius, and all health agencies within the government to sound the warning trumpet to warn women on hormonal birth control about these devastating medical consequences.

Clearly, birth control does not help women at risk, it places women at risk.

Jenn Giroux has been a Registered Nurse for 26 years where she has seen both the physical and spiritual harms of contraception. She also founded the “Speaking of Motherhood” project in an effort to educate women of the harms of birth control and to elevate the profession of motherhood. She and her husband, Dan, live in Cincinnati, Ohio and have 9 children.

NOTES:

[1]  http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html ;

 

[2]  Jones RK, Darroch JE and Henshaw SK, Contraceptive use among U.S. women having abortions in 2000–2001, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2002, 34(6):294–303.

 

[3]  International Pharmacists for Life 2003;http://www.prolifephysicians.org/abortifacient

 

[4]  http://www.cancer.org

 

[5]  Kahlenborn et al., “Oral Contraceptive Use — as a risk factor for pre-menopausal breast cancer: a meta analysis,” Mayo Clinic proceedings 2006 pp. 1290-1320, 2006

 

[6]  Bosch, et al, “Effect of oral contraceptives on risk of cervical cancer…” International Agency of Research on Cancer, 2002

 

[7]  International Agency for Research on Cancer, a research arm of the World Health Organization, 2010

 

[8]  http:www.mayoclinic.com/health/performance-enhancing-drugs/SM00045

 

[9]  New York Times, Oct. 19, 2010

 

[10]  Rabe T etal The Effects of Monophasic and triplasic Oral Contraceptives on Ovarian Function and Endometrial Thickness Eura J Contra Reproductive Care 1997 2, 39-51

 

[11]  Kuhar et al,”Infant Homocides through Contraceptives,” International Pharmacists for Life, 5th Edition 2003

 

[12]  http://www.bcpinstitute.org

© Jenn Giroux

7 responses »

  1. Betty Lou Hickerson

    thank you for writing the truth about contraceptives harmful effects. This was one of the reasons 30 years ago I came back to the Catholic Church, our good mother who want what is good for us. God bless you, your famiy and your work.
    Betty Lou Hickerson
    mother of 8
    grandmother of 13

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  2. As a Christian (LDS) woman, student midwife and mother of a large young family, I want to say thank you for what you do. I will make sure the families I serve know about these risks.
    Peace,
    Erin

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  3. You are right women need to know. I hope they will listen.

    Julie

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  4. Don’t forget the “hormone-free” copper IUD. It does not contain artificial hormones, but this doesn’t mean it is safe either.

    All IUDs work in part by irritating the inside of the uterus to activate the woman’s immune system into destroying anything that comes inside. The copper in a copper IUD boosts this hostile environment as copper ions are toxic to sperm, eggs, and anything else. While in theory, they could cause early abortions, the copper ions and foreign body reaction are so effective at killing sperm and eggs before they meet that this effect has never been observed in studies, except when used as emergency contraception.

    The problem is that all these toxic copper ions have to go somewhere, and where they go is into the woman’s body. A recent study from Argentina found that the copper ions do so much damage that they should not be used for more than 2 years. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19931365 The device is approved for 10 years. There seems to be plenty of anecdotal evidence of copper toxicity in women who have these devices. Furthermore, one of the effects of a copper imbalance is to raise estrogen levels and reduce progesterone levels. So it really isn’t “hormone free”.

    Furthermore, as with inserting any device into the uterus, all sorts of horrifying complications can occur, including embedding and uterine perforation. And if it does fail, there is a significant risk of miscarriage, especially if the device cannot be removed.

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  5. Jenn, I was in the session you taught at the Defending the Faith Conference in Steubenville. I cannot find words to tell you what an impact you and the other ladies made in my life. I am a Protestant convert to Catholicism.

    During our premarital counseling, my Protestant pastor TOLD us to use birth control pills for at least a year of our marriage. I only stopped taking them when my husband read the insert, and saw the possible side effects.

    Thank you for telling women the TRUTH!

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