Online Video: Noted Endocrinologist Explains How the Birth Control Pill Causes Abortion
By Elizabeth O’Brien
OTTAWA, August 3, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – During the Humanae Vitae Conference “A New Beginning” last year, noted endocrinologist Dr. Maria Kraw explained how many so-called contraceptives actually result in fertilization and end in the abortion of a new human person during its early development.
Introducing her topic, the “Medical Consequences of Contraception,” Dr. Kraw began by stating that she refrains from using the word “contraception.” This is because it implies solely the “prevention of conception,” whereas in reality many so-called contraceptives result in a myriad of other harms, including abortion.
As a practicing endocrinologist (hormone doctor) at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Kraw focused mainly on the effects of hormonal birth control. Artificial hormonal birth control works by introducing artificial estrogen and artificial progesterone (progestins), at 4 to 10 times the dosage naturally produced by the body. These dangerously high levels trick the brain into thinking that the person may be pregnant and cause ovulation to stop.
The pill also prevents conception by thickening the cervical mucous so that the sperm can’t reach the egg. If this doesn’t work, the pill prevents the implantation of an already fertilized egg. This occurs when a new human person has already been conceived, Kraw stated, but after the artificial hormones have thinned the uterus lining. “So rather than sort of snuggling into a nice nourishing uterus to continue development,” she explained, “the uterus is hostile and the embryo is discarded.”
Most pills are combined hormonal pills with both artificial estrogen and artificial progesterone. The progesterone-only pills, however, don’t prevent fertilization, but work primarily by thinning the uterus lining. Depo-provera, for example, is a progestin that is injected every three months and strips down the lining of the uterus. Similarly, the intra-uterine device (IUD) causes “inflammation and scarring of uterine lining,” thereby preventing implantation.
Barrier methods such as condoms, sterilization, diaphragm and spermicides work by aiming “to prevent a meeting of the sperm and the egg.” Nevertheless, statistics published by Family Planning Perspectives note an extremely high percentage of “reproductive failures”, i.e. pregnancy. The birth control pill has a 12.9% pregnancy rate; condoms have an incredibly high 23.1% pregnancy rate, diaphragm 20%, depo-provera 4.2% and spermicide 25%.
“Given on average the amount of months that a woman uses artificial birth control during her reproductive years,” said Kraw, “which is a majority in the reality of North America, there will be 1.8 ‘reproductive failures’ per woman’s reproductive life.”
According to previous studies, only about 50% of pregnancies in the US are intended, Kraw stated. “Among those that reported unintended pregnancies, 50% said they were using a form of artificial birth control properly at the time of the conception. So it’s not like, ‘Oh I was on the pill, but I missed it for a week’ because that wouldn’t be considered being on the pill.”
Finally, 50% of those “reproductive failures” end in abortion.
If abortion is defined as “any interruption in the normal development of the embryo,” methods that “prevent implantation” are abortive. Breakthrough ovulation rates (fertilization occurs, but implantation fails), for example, can happen in up to one third of cycles on the pill. In combined hormonal birth control pills, this occurs from 1.7% to 28.6% per cycle, whereas with progestin-only pills, fertilization rates are from 33% to 65% per cycle.
These are relatively high rates, Kraw noted, considering that 80% of North American women have used a hormonal method for birth control by the time they finish their reproductive years.
Tragically, after discontinuing birth control, women also experience high infertility rates. Fertility rates are 26% lower after using birth control, and 29% lower after using the IUD. In addition, even the so-called “low-dose” pills cause a 2 to 6 times increased risk of blood clots throughout the body.
Kraw stated, “They started off using ten times the amount of estrogen-‘We’re really going to shut down that brain’-Well, what happened? Women died in the first phase trial of these medications, but they were in Puerto Rico so, (the attitude was) ‘well…. we didn’t really have medical ethics, so we’ll just keep going and trying.'”
She concluded, “The problem is that this is still occurring even as the dose of estrogen has lowered itself to only about 4 times with the low-dose pills.”
Dr. Maria Kraw: Medical Consequences of Contraception – Part 1
Dr. Maria Kraw: Medical Consequences of Contraception – Part 2
Just in time for the second part of this talk (above) by Dr. Maria Kraw, the report below details the refusal of some scientific and (probably most) environmentalist communities to connect the dots on the environmental and medical consequences of synthetic birth control pills and human sexual behaviour. Maybe that’s not their job. But it sure is the job of the government whose elected representatives are responsible to the electorate to investigate and take corrective action on issues of public health and safety.
Since sexual liberation (and all its attendant acts, contraptions, and devices) is the great and untouchable icon in our depraved western culture, it comes as no surprise that political correctness trumps the scientific reality.
The political correctness that currently protects and shields the abortion and contraception gods from encroachment can only be overcome when the lawsuits start to fly. Then and only then will the sex gods be displaced from their places of prominence in our society.
After all, political correctness doesn’t stand a chance when financial correctness, backed up by scientific testimony in a court of law, is duly applied.
Hormonal Contraceptives Pollute Drinking Water – Environmentalists Turn a Blind Eye
By Hilary White
July 11, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – For some years now, reports have been growing from around the world that the massive amounts of synthetic birth control hormones being pumped into the water systems through sewage outflow is changing the sex of fish stocks. Recently, scientists have also begun to warn of the possible carcinogenic effects of the build-up of estrogenic chemicals in drinking water.
As early as 2002, the UK Environment Agency warned that fish stocks in British rivers were showing signs of gender ambiguity as a result of high levels of estrogen in the water. A survey of 1,500 fish at 50 river sites found more than a third of males also displayed female characteristics.
Research by Dr Jayne Brian and Professor John Sumpter at Brunel University’s Institute for the Environment, showed estrogenic chemicals are affecting the reproduction and gender of aquatic life and warned of the affect on the reproductive ability of humans.
The two researchers are calling for a reassessment of EU legislation regulating chemicals. “There is a cocktail of chemicals in our fresh water. We need to consider tougher safety margins to fully protect wildlife and humans.”
Two years ago, University of Colorado scientists, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, found that of 123 fish caught in Boulder Creek downstream from the Boulder sewage treatment plant, 101 were female, 12 were male, and 10 had both male and female characteristics.
The strange case of the trans-gendered fish is “the first thing that I’ve seen as a scientist that really scared me,” University of Colorado biologist John Woodling told the Denver Post at the time.
More recently, in June this year, scientists from the University of Pittsburgh investigated the fish populations in the Allegheny River near storm sewer outflow pipes and discovered the same deformations. The region is dependent on the Allegheny system for drinking water.
Dr. Conrad Daniel Volz from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Environmental Oncology, warned that the rise in steroid hormones in the drinking water in the Pittsburgh area is a threat to health. Numerous studies have shown a link between contraceptive estrogen and hormone problems and some cancers, including testicular cancer.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that other study results have shown ambiguous gender in 85 per cent of the catfish caught on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. Chemicals extracted from 25 randomly sampled fish caused growth of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells cultured in a laboratory, eleven of which “produced very aggressive cancer growth”.
But scientists and environmental groups are careful to avoid recommending restrictions on artificial contraceptives.
The National Catholic Register, reporting on the issue, quotes George Harden, a board member of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, saying “If you’re killing mosquitoes to save people from the West Nile virus, you can count on secular environmentalists to lay down in front of the vapour truck, claiming some potential side effect that might result from the spray,” Harden said. “But if birth control deforms fish – backed by the proof of an EPA study – and threatens the drinking supply, mum will be the word.”
Curt Cunningham, water quality issues chairman for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Sierra Club International, told the Register that people “would not take kindly” to the suggestion of banning or restricting hormonal contraceptives.
“For many people it’s an economic necessity. It’s also a personal freedom issue,” Cunningham said.