Saturday National Event Calls Attention to Birth Control Pill’s Harmful Problems

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 1, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Saturday National Event Calls Attention to Birth Control Pill’s Harmful Problems

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 1
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — A collection of pro-life groups and leaders have banded together to sponsor a national awareness day to bring attention to the harmful problems associated with the birth control pill. The groups say women need to be aware of these concerns before using the drugs.

Headed by American Life League and supported by 24 pro-life organizations, The Pill Kills Day event on June 5 will specifically be focusing on how the birth control pill is damaging the environment.

By shining a light on that concern, the pro-life groups say they will help women understand if it hurts the environment, the pill must cause them problems as well.

"The birth control pill is not only killing preborn children and women, it is killing our environment,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League, “How long will we stand by and ignore the fact that hormonal contraception wreaks havoc on our children, women’s health and the planet?"

Brown says this year, birth control advocates are celebrating 50 years of legal hormonal contraceptives.

She said the pro-life group and its cosponsors "don’t think half a century of contaminating our waterways is something to celebrate. Study after study has shown that hormonal estrogen in the water has severely damaged the ecosystem and our health."

Brown says ALL is sponsoring the event to bring together activists, scientists and educators for planned protests all across the nation "to demand honesty from America’s pharmaceutical companies and government about how birth control is hazardous to children, women’s health and even the environment."

To back up its assertions, ALL points to Conrad Volz, co-director of exposure assessment at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Center for Environmental Oncology.

"We need to pay attention to chemicals that are estrogenic in nature, because they find their way back into the water we all use," Volz has said.

A 2007 study conducted in Pennsylvania by Volz and his team discovered that the fish caught inside the water they were testing may be carrying enough chemicals that mimic the female hormone estrogen to cause breast cancer cells to grow.

"Why should you be concerned? Think about the water you drink. Think about the fish you eat. Could your own drinking water be infested with high levels of estrogen? Studies have shown that the male fish swimming in estrogen-rich waters are becoming feminized. What kind of effects would take place if we drink water containing high levels of estrogen and eat these contaminated fish?" ALL asks.

Some of the co-sponsoring groups and people include Human Life International, Pro-Life Wisconsin, Pharmacists for Life International, Operation Rescue, Jill Stanek, Generation Life, Life Education Ministry, and Movement for a Better America.

Children of God for Life, Expectant Mother Care, Defenders of the Unborn, California Right to Life, Delaware Pro-Life Coalition, Life Guard, Homeschoolers for Life and Dubuque County Right to Life are also sponsors.

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