The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer notes that an Armenian study-whose authors examined diabetes mellitus type 2, reproductive factors, and breast cancer-found a statistically significant association showing a 2.86-fold increased breast cancer risk from one induced abortion.  The study, led by Lilit Khachatryan, included researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania.
BELMONT, North Carolina, November 23, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The president of Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina says they would rather close their doors than submit to a mandate by the Obama administration that threatens to force Catholic institutions to cover abortifacient drugs, sterilizations, and contraceptives in their health plans.
“I believe we would go there,” said Dr. William Thierfelder, according to the Gaston Gazette, at a press conference Friday after they launched a lawsuit against the Obama administration. “The point is I don’t think we’re going to have to get there. There’s many steps in between that we can take before we come to that conclusion.”
WASHINGTON, DC, November 22, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) most recent data on the spread of sexually transmitted diseases reveals that among homosexual black men the syphilis rates rose a staggering 134% between 2009 and 2010. During the same time frame, syphilis rates among the general population fell by 1.6%.
Could birth control pills be linked to an increased incidence of prostate cancer around the world? That’s the provocative question being raised in new research published this week in BMJ Open.
Dr. Neil Fleshner, a urologic oncologist and researcher at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, says he and his co-author had long wondered why men in North America and Europe develop and die of prostate cancer more often than men in other countries.
“For years, there’s been concern that perhaps maybe pesticide exposure or some kind of compound in our food or water supply may be responsible for prostate cancer,” he says.
So he and his team reviewed data from the United Nations World Contraceptive Use report, looking at contraceptive use among women around the world.
They found that the use of IUDs (intrauterine devices), condoms, and other vaginal barriers were not linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer, but the use of the birth control pills was significantly associated with both a country’s number of new cases of prostate cancer and deaths from prostate cancer…. (Source)
Researchers at the Arizona State University have linked the hormone in Depo Provera to memory loss. The birth-control shot can act as an abortifacient as well as a contraceptive. “What we found was pretty shocking – animals that had been given the drug at any point in their life were memory impaired at middle age compared to animals that never had the drug,” said one of the lead researchers. “We also confirmed that in the subjects that only received the drug when young, the hormone was no longer circulating during memory testing when older, showing it had cleared from the system yet still had effects on brain function.” (Source | Primary Source)
October 18, 2011 (HLIWorldWatch.org) – The fact that campaigns promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month have largely ignored the connection between contraception and breast cancer is prompting one doctor to challenge other medical professionals to speak up about the pill’s risk to women.
“How many hundreds of thousands of Filipina mothers have died because of cancers, stroke, hypertension, and diabetes triggered by oral contraceptive use?” asked Dr. Rene Bullecer, the Philippines country director of Human Life International (HLI), in a recent interview with CBCP for Life.
“I am challenging all doctors, nurses and midwives in this country, particularly those working in the government or NGOs who vigorously promote these products in their day-to-day campaign, and I dare them to speak up for the truth … and expose the hidden agenda of the multi-billion peso pill manufacturers at the expense of the health and lives of Filipino women,” Dr. Bullecer said.
Dr. Bullecer, who practices medicine in the Philippines and is a pro-life activist, said he was “shocked” by the lack of information being transmitted about the link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer.
“I was viewing a local TV program several nights ago where the guests — [including obstetricians] — discussed the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, how to avoid breast cancer and the contributory factors on how women may be afflicted with breast cancer. I was shocked that they never mentioned the role of oral contraceptives in triggering breast cancer,” said Dr. Bullecer. “One of the doctor-panelists even denied the pill-cancer connection.”
YUBA CITY, California, September 8, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The founder of the national Life Chain, which is set to take place October 2nd, is urging Protestant pastors to confront the “spirit of child aversion” that was created by the embrace of contraception.
Royce Dunn, president of Please Let Me Live, issued an open letter to pastors in July urging them to take concrete measures to “end the American Holocaust” of abortion. The devoted Baptist is calling for “a new mindset” towards procreation that is open to God’s gift of fertility.
In an interview, Dunn told LifeSiteNews that the “spirit of child aversion,” the desire to avoid bearing children, is “the uppermost key to the killing of children in America.”
He said that at the bare minimum, pastors should be warning their faithful about abortifacient contraceptives, “so that women in the pews and at the pickets won’t be aborting children unaware.”
“If enhanced, [the contraceptive] desire leads to abortion, and today in our nation a holocaust endures for which the church is substantially accountable,” he writes in his letter.
“The pulpit, of necessity, must voice the word it has long avoided and perhaps feared most. The word is contraception,” he writes. While pastors avoid the subject, “year by year Christians use contraception freely because they do not desire a child or additional children in their home.”