In the wake of the fallout produced by the release of multiple Planned Parenthood videos proving that the organization is profiting from the sale of aborted baby bodies and parts, feminists are beginning to fight back and to do so under the oft repeated claim that they are motivated by the need to protect and promote women’s health.
Just this week, two women, reportedly driven by this need, have gone to extreme and radical lengths, to raise awareness.
The first was Kiran Ghandi, drummer for a band called MIA:
I felt kind of like, Yeah! F— you!,” she said. “I felt very empowered by that. I did.”
You can see for yourself what she did at the link. Be warned, it’s frankly disgusting and over the top but no more over the top than Rosie O’Donnell, who went out of her way to defend Ms. Ghandi’s actions and suggested she’d like to do more.
“I’d like to take my period blood that I no longer have and write, ‘You’re all a**holes.’ I’d like to smear it all over some people’s faces.”
That should go along way toward convincing people of the rightness of your views Rosie.
All that I use as background to a woman’s health issue ignored by the Kiran Ghandis and Rosie O’Donnells of the world:
“The pill is the only drug that was developed to be given to a woman who was healthy to create a diseased state.”
Dr. Marguerite Duane, a family physician and professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, describes perfectly the contradiction — the conundrum — that has existed since the advent of the modern oral contraceptive — the pill — some six decades ago.
Oral contraception is almost universally prescribed today, despite the fact that its dangers are now indisputable. The World Health Organization places the estrogen-progestogen pill on its list of Group 1 carcinogens, the most toxic rating it can impose, even as governments, international agencies and pharmaceutical companies push countries across the globe to embrace a contraceptive culture.
Many physicians, pharmacists and biologists have warned about the risks to women’s health posed by oral contraceptives, but their concerns have been ignored or suppressed by groups determined to use the pill as a tool of ideology, money and power.
One of the greatest surprises, for example, is that while it is one of the most heavily prescribed drugs in the world, oral contraceptives have almost never been the subject of medical and research experts coming together to discuss what exactly contraceptives do to the human body — most so women’s bodies. That fact alone made the research symposium entitled “Contraceptive Conundrum,” held in conjunction with the Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University on Aug. 8, so remarkable. As Dr. Kevin Donovan, director of the Georgetown Bioethics Center, said at the opening of the symposium, part of the goal of hearing from first-class researchers on oral contraceptives was to correct this massive gap in scientific inquiry.
There are, of course, profound moral questions pertaining to the use of contraception, but there is also an obligation to encourage the scientific and medical community to grapple with the mounting evidence of the impact of the pill on health.
Hormonal contraceptives are tied to lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to sexually transmitted diseases and blood clots. Even more alarming are the documented medical realities that women who take oral contraceptives face, as they are twice as likely to develop cervical cancer and 10 to 30 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than women who never took the pill, a risk that lasts for more than a decade after a woman ceases to use the drugs.
The many disturbing risks were detailed at the start of the symposium by Dr. Chandler Marrs, who wrote a report, “Birth Control, Big Money and Bad Medicine: a Deadly Trifecta for Women’s Health.” A noted research scientist, writer and women’s health advocate, Marrs argued that “we underestimate the risks of synthetic hormones by ignoring the vast reach hormones have on health.” And yet, as her talk documented, the vast majority of women between the ages of 25-44 are prescribed contraceptives by their physicians as a panacea for virtually every health problem even though the pill does not actually treat most of those conditions. Prescribing contraception for such a wide variety of medical issues makes, she says, no pharmacological sense, but she spoke convincingly about the dominance of the pharmaceutical industry in encouraging the world-wide distribution of the pill without detailing its many side effects.
There is much more and if you’re a woman, or a man who cares about women, you’d be doing good things by reading the entire thing and passing it along.
The war against women, which in reality, is a war against humanity, is real and I think Pope John Paul II describes that war more than adequately:
“The heart has become a battlefield between love and lust. The more lust dominates the heart, the less the heart experiences the nuptial meaning of the body. It becomes less sensitive to the gift of the person, which expresses that meaning in the mutual relations of the man and woman.”
Crossposted at Brutally Honest.