World Contraception Day: empowering whom?

Posted By on November 3, 2011

From Mercatornet:

Ignoring warnings about blood clots, the contraceptive industry pushes its product.

Advocates of abortion and birth control often speak of “empowering women” with unbiased and vital information about reproductive health, but their silence following the most recent warning from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) calls into question the nature of their concern for women’s health.

On September 26, 2011, the FDA announced that it “remains concerned by the potential increased risk of blood clots” associated with the use of one of the most popular types of birth control pills.

As irony would have it, the date of the FDA announcement was also recognized as “World Contraception Day” (WCD) by organizations dedicated to the promotion of contraception, such as Marie Stopes International, the Population Council, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

The stated mission of WCD is to “improve awareness of contraception to enable young people to make informed decisions on sexual and reproductive health.”

Note the emphasis on helping women make “informed decisions.” With such a mission statement, one would expect that the FDA’s concern about the side-effects of certain birth control pills would receive serious attention from the defenders of women’s health in a press release or on the WCD web site. Yet weeks after the FDA’s announcement, nary a mention of the new studies has appeared.

Read the full piece HERE. There are also two other pieces about the dangers of contraceptives (on which feminist organizations remain puzzlingly silent if they really have the best interests of all women at heart):

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4 Responses to “World Contraception Day: empowering whom?”

  1. LVH says:

    I think health concerns regarding birth control pills should be taken seriously and I believe that they have. This article mentions that the FDA remains concerned about blood clots and they they will discuss their findings on December 8th, 2011. I would imagine that for any organization (feminist or not) one should wait until that meeting before formally stating anything.

    FDA Source

    Second, in my opinion, many feminists have pointed to or recommended Planned Parenthood for information regarding contraceptives. Planned Parenthood has listed risks associated with certain birth control methods such as blood clots. They seem to provide a good summary of the benefits and disadvantages of many forms of birth control and then advise for people to follow up and discuss with their doctors regarding their health history.

    Planned Parenthood Source

    Feminists have discussed the risks associated with birth control. A simple search on Google or major feminist sites will easily yield someone this information. To insinuate that feminists do not care for women’s health is quite disingenuous.

    Here’s an alert that I found on NOW (National Organization for Women), that urges readers to tell their colleagues and friends about the FDA news stated above:

    Source

    Here’s an article from Feminist Wire that discusses the above info from the FDA:

    Source

    Here are some past articles from Feministing that show concern over risks from hormonal birth control:

    Source 1
    Source 2
    Source 3
    Source 4

    I’m more than happy to dig up some more articles and links in which feminist groups and organizations discuss the risks of birth control. Feminist organizations have not “remained puzzlingly silent” regarding birth control risks. They have been quite vocal about it. :-D

  2. LVH, Planned Parenthood and NOW do not call press conferences or trumpet press releases to spread this information far and wide. It is generally buried on their websites (rather than pasted on front pages with big headlines). Instead, you get the occasional article that doesn’t show up at the top of newsfeeds on Google or other online and offline news sources. Waiting on the FDA is never a good idea when it comes to making health decisions, either, as they are the ones rushing to approve these pills and then having to retract recommendations or revise medical instructions when problems turn up or lawsuits are filed when women die from the side effects of these FDA-approved hormonal contraceptives. All feminists aren’t silent; you’re going to find bloggers like feministing that will share this info. But Planned Parenthood is not going to go on national television or have a high-profile press conference to shout the dangers of the hormonal contraceptives they themselves push on their customers any more than they are going to give ultrasounds to women who come in for abortions or tell them how their 24-week-old baby is sucking his thumb.

  3. snvarbor says:

    Hormonal BC caused my mom’s death. OK, so that’s my aunt’s thoughts, but my mom was the only one of her sisters to use BC and she died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 39, all of her sisters are still alive and very old, no BC for them. I believe my Aunt may have been on to something. Now they have warnings for the chemicals. Bad stuff.

  4. cdmi says:

    Hello LVH,

    I normally do not post something on here because like you I am on the other side. However, I find your response to this article a bit disconcerting. Regardless of how we feel about birth control Mrs. Chancey has a point. Information is not getting out to the people who need it. Please allow me to explain.

    Just so you have some background, birth control is what is best for me and I have been on them ever sense I was 9 (I am now 30+). I was told that I “had” to take them because my cycle was VERY irregular and was causing me to have an iron deficiency. Now I know what you are thinking, I am an unusual gal :), but you would be surprised at just how many gals like me are out there. Now here is a question for you. If a family wanted to help there 9, 10, 11, 12 or 15 year old daughter not to be sick every couple of months, what can be recommended to her that is NOT the pill? Besides a home remedy (IF IT WORKS), most doctors are going to recommend the pill because it is the easiest.

    Regardless of what you believe, you can not deny that birth control has ended up as the “crutch” for a lot of things. Woman are even told to start birth control because it will be easier for pregnancy. And even though you have put out numerous sources. The simple fact is that it is embedded within the website and you actually have to SEARCH for it. And if you do a quick goggle search, yes you will get a huge list of websites that explain the dangers, but Planned Parenthood is not one of them that is shown on the first page. And before you start, I typed “Dangers of Birth Control” into the goggle search engine. Planned Parenthood is no where to be found.

    LVH, I agree with you that it is a woman’s choice, but the playing field needs to be leveled. My mom, and other moms are thinking that birth control given to girls (that have not reached double digits yet) is ok. Most have not been made aware of the possible side effects and consequences. For me, I will remain on birth control because after weighing the pro’s and cons, it is the best thing for me. However, to say that pro-pill groups have done everything to show the pros and the cons IS disingenuous. This topic has been overshadowed and the FDA concern is another dime that can go into the anti-pill bucket.

    I ask that if you are going to argue this point, please do so by seeing what Mrs. Chancey and others have to say. We may not like what they have indicated, but to tell them that they are down right wrong is misguided.

    Sincerely,
    cd

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