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Larimore Family Newsletter – August 2011

Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter:

  • Publication Update
  • 1)   Be your own healthcare quarterback
  • 2)   Can the birth control pill cause abortions?
  • Events of the last month
  • Upcoming Events

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Ella Abortion Drug Falsely Called a “Contraceptive Pill”

The ella® abortion drug has been billed by its distributor, the FDA, and abortion advocates as an improved “emergency contraceptive pill.” It is available across the United States via prescription.

Upon its release, Watson Pharmaceuticals, based in New Jersey, announced that ella® (ulipristal acetate) was available for women to obtain and use up to five days following unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure. While the company maintain the drug works only as a “contraceptive agent,” the fact of the matter is that five days is sufficient time for conception to take place and confer into existence the life of a unique human being who needs only a nine month pregnancy to be born.

Here are the details from LifeNews: “ella® is the first truly new emergency contraceptive option for U.S. women since 1999. It has a unique sustained efficacy profile and offers women an additional therapeutic option for preventing unintended pregnancy,” Wilkinson, Executive Vice President of Watson Global Brands, said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.

“We are committed to making this innovative prescription-only emergency contraceptive option available to women as soon as possible and supporting the availability of ella® in ways that emphasize education and access,” he said.

The drug company indicated the ella® launch will be phased over the next several months and will include physician educational initiatives, advocacy outreach and educational websites for consumers.

Watson wants the abortion drug to be available immediately and indicates “stocking efforts have ensured the product will be available immediately by prescription at most retail pharmacies, clinics, as well as online via a licensed online pharmacy.”

Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America and a national leader against the ella drug, responded to the news in a comment to LifeNews.com.

“The fact that ella is now on sale across the country means that millions of women are at risk for dangerous side effects of this new abortion drug,” she said. “Make no mistake about it, ella, the new abortion drug, will be marketed on college campuses nationwide, and young women across America will be put in serious danger.”

“It is appalling that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved this drug which is dangerous for women and fatal for preborn children. The FDA needs to rescind its approval this new abortion drug before women and children are harmed,” Hawkins added.

Ella has been available in Europe as an emergency contraceptive since October 2009, where it is marketed by its developer,  HRA Pharma, as ellaOne.

But the FDA, when it approved the drug, made its decision based on data from two phase III clinical trails the French drug maker HRA Pharma sponsored.

The studies showed 1.51 percent of women using ella (or ellaOne in Europe) became pregnant when using the drug 72 hours after intercourse while 2.81 percent became pregnant when using the Plan B drug.

However, Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America, said the ella abortion drug maker could not answer other questions.

“The drug sponsor couldn’t provide information on whether Ella can cause birth defects, or what happens to women who are pregnant who take it. And yet the committee strongly recommended not giving a woman a pregnancy test,” she told LifeNews.com after the hearing.

“In Europe, Ella is contra-indicated (not to be used) in pregnancies. But the FDA committee voted to not to test women to detect if they’re pregnant. They are telling doctors to be willfully blind when giving the drug,” Wright continued.

Americans United for Life and the American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists told the FDA a study in England confirms the pro-life perspective that ulipristal acts as an abortion drug.

Anna Glasier, of NHS Lothian in Edinburgh, led a study of more than 5,500 women in the UK published online in The Lancet medical journal. It found fewer pregnancies among those women given the ellaOne drug within five days of intercourse.

And for women who took the drug between 3-5 days after having sex, only women taking the traditional morning after pill became pregnant. They’s because all of the women using ulipristal during that time period had abortions.

“AAPLOG has concluded from publicly available information that ulipristal acetate is an abortifacient of the same type as mifepristone (RU 486) and that its approval as an emergency contraceptive raises serious health and ethical issues,” the pro-life physicians group says. “Furthermore, ulipristal’s potential effects on women who used the drug off-label and upon ongoing pregnancies are essentially unexamined and untested.”

Pharmacists For Life International, in a statement to LifeNews.com, confirms the abortifacient nature of the Ella drug.

PFLI calls Ella a “chemical cousin analog of mifepristone,” the abortion drug more commonly known by its experimental name, RU 486. “Ulipristal acetate, according to its own developers, can kill embryos,” it confirms.

The organization said it “vehemently denounces and condemns the FDA for this inappropriate use of its drug regulatory power to destroy life rather than approve and regulate medicines which actually are life-saving and preserve health.”

PFLI says it is concerned women will purchase the drug and stockpile it in large doses and sidestep the routine surgical or drug-induced abortion process with dangerous at-home abortions. It also worries the drug will be used by men who want to hide evidence of their crimes of sexual assault.

“This will lead to additional life-endangering problems for the targeted adolescent girls and women, as well as giving continued cover for sexual predators of underage girls and incestuous abusive relationships,” the group worries.

Watson is the exclusive marketer of ella in the U.S.

“Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?” A Letter From A Reader.

I received this email asking a question I frequently receive from young Christian couples trying to decide about which birth control to consider. My answers to him are IN CAPS: Continue reading

More Evidence That the BCP Causes Unrecognized Abortions

Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?I’ve published two academic articles on the likely association between the birth control pill (BCP) and unrecognized abortions (the so-called “post-fertilization effect” of the pill): Continue reading

Does The Morning-After-Pill, ‘Ella,’ Cause Abortions? It Depends Upon Your Definition of Abortion!

Long-time readers of this blog know of the difficulties surrounding the labeling of a hormonal birth control medicine as an abortifacient. The crux of the issue is that if you define pregnancy as beginning when the unborn human implants in the uterus after his or her several day journey down the fallopian tube after conception/fertilization, then anything that kills the unborn human in the tube or prevents implantation is, by definition, NOT abortifacient.

If, however, you define pregnancy as beginning at conception/fertilzation (and there are debates about which term pro-life folks should use — see my blog on the topic here) then any chemical that kills the unborn human in the tube or prevents implantation is, by definition, IS abortifacient.

That’s why I use the term “post-fertilization effect.” To those of us who are pro-life, it is the same as “abortifacient.”

With that explanation, let me tell you about the efforts of pro-life advocates as we launch a campaign to warn pharmacists about the newly-approved drug Ella. The marketer of the so-called “emergency contraceptive” pill says it does not cause abortions (because they define pregnancy as beginning at implantation and the drug, apparently, does not affect the unborn human AFTER implantation). Here are the details from LifeNews.com:

The new drug is billed as a more effective morning after pill but its chemical makeup is similar to the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quietly announced approval of ella in August allowing Watson Pharmaceuticals to market the drug as an emergency contraception.

The FDA and Watson are able to call the drug non-abortifacient because they have redefined the beginning of pregnancy — changing it from conception to implantation. That makes it appear an unborn child after conception does not lose her life to the drug when testing in animals and humans make it clear the drug causes abortions.

But, since the drug is “effective” up to five days following intercourse, there is clearly sufficient time for conception to occur and for a unique human being’s life to be destroyed via use of the ella drug.

The FDA approval requires the ella drug to be sold with a prescription requirement tin the same manner as the RU 486 abortion drug, known as mifepristone and that has killed anywhere from 13-50 women worldwide. That means pharmacists will be involved in dispensing the drug to women who present valid prescriptions for it.

The Family Research Council has launched a campaign designed to get pro-life advocates to inform their pharmacists that ella causes abortions and to urge them to refrain from dispensing it.

“Due to the FDA’s approval of ‘ella’ as an EC, pharmacists may believe they must cover ella as a prescription drug,” FRC president Tony Perkins said in a recent email to the group’s members. “However, many pharmacists do not know about the dangers of this drug or that it functions like an abortifacient. Many pharmacies may not know ella can cause an abortion, and need to be aware of these concerns before they begin stocking this abortion drug.”

“To educate pharmacists around the country about this new abortion drug and shed light on its dangers, we ask you to download this informational flyer, take it to your local pharmacy, and respectfully ask your pharmacist not to offer the ella abortion drug,” he added.

But, Charlie Mayr of Watson Pharmaceuticals emailed the Washington Post today to defend the drug against the charges that it causes abortions.

“Watson recognizes and respects that there are varying opinions concerning contraception and emergency contraception. However, Watson believes that ella® represents an important additional emergency contraceptive option for women who elect to use emergency contraception to prevent unintended pregnancy following a contraceptive accident or incident of unprotected intercourse,” Mayr said.

Mayr added that “ella (ulipristal acetate) 30 mg tablet is not an abortifacient and the product is not RU-486.”

Perkins, in his email about the new campaign, disagrees.

“Ella is similar in its chemical make-up to RU-486 and therefore can destroy an implanted embryo, in addition to other such effects as preventing fertilization or preventing implantation,” he said. “Until now, the FDA has drawn the line between EC and abortion based on whether a drug prevents or ends an established pregnancy. Therefore, approving ella as an EC even under its own definition of an abortifacient is doubly misleading.”

Ella is the first selective progesterone receptor modulator (SPRM) available in the United States for the indication of “emergency contraception (EC).” According to the European Medicines Agency, SPRMs block progesterone which is necessary to maintain a pregnancy. This effectively deprives the unborn child in the womb of the nutrients he or she needs to live.

During the FDA advisory committee meeting, Americans United for Life and the American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists told the FDA a study in England confirms the pro-life perspective that ulipristal acts as an abortion drug.

Anna Glasier, of NHS Lothian in Edinburgh, led a study of more than 5,500 women in the UK published online in The Lancet medical journal. It found fewer pregnancies among those women given the ellaOne drug within five days of intercourse.

And for women who took the drug between 3-5 days after having sex, only women taking the traditional morning after pill became pregnant. That’s because all of the women using ulipristal during that time period had abortions.

Related web sites:

FRC – http://www.frc.org

More Women Aware of Possible Problems with the Birth Control Pill

Did you know the birth control pill can cause abortions?

Jenn Giroux, RN, new Executive Director of HLI America, a new program of Human Life International founded to educate on the physical, emotional, and spiritual harms of contraception. I thought my readers, particularly women taking or considering the birth control pill, might find a recent article of hers, “Crazy is the New Normal,” to be both scary and enlightening:

Who would have ever guessed that contraception would move center stage in the women’s health and the political arena in 2010?

The New York Post reported that a “Wicked” actress sued Bayer pharmaceutical company claiming the popular birth control Yaz caused her to have a stroke at age 27.

According to the US Drug Watchdog the serious side effects of birth control pills such as Yaz and Yasmin are potentially putting millions of women at risk for stroke, heart attack and even death.

Also woman who have used the pill are now showing up in their 30’s with breast cancer (prior to the pill breast cancer was a post-menopausal women’s disease).

Next time you are at the pharmacy ask for the insert information inside the very box that is provided to the consumer when they purchase a contraceptive … risks associated with the drug include blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, heart disease, gallbladder disease, liver tumors, and cancer of the reproductive organs and breasts.

How many doctors are telling women who go in for contraceptives these stunning statistics?

Women who use hormonal contraceptives for a minimum of 4 years prior to their first full term pregnancy have a 52% higher risk of developing breast cancer (Mayo Clinic Proceedings).

Women who use a hormonal contraceptive for more then 5 yrs are 4 times more likely to develop cervical cancer (International Agency of Research on Cancer).

Instead many doctors convince married and single woman to go on contraceptives when they go into the office.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a highly reliable form of not only spacing children but helping couples to conceive.  Recent studies have shown it to be 99% effective.  It’s amazing more doctors aren’t encouraging their patients to effectively use NFP that has no risks associated.

Now, as the undeniable medical evidence mounts, which confirms the damage contraceptives have and continue to do to women’s health one may ask why for years mainstream and even pro-life organizations have ignored this.

In addition, it has been revealed that our elected official are trying to force our tax dollars to pay for birth control under “preventative” medicine that tax payers and insurers will be forced to pay under the Affordable Care Act.

It is time that every pro-life organization stands up and resist with all our might.

Not only are these contraceptives damaging to women’s health, but these class A-1 carcinogens are also causing chemical abortions (in excess of 250 million since the 1960′s).

For every U.S. child born an estimated 2 children are killed in the womb from surgical abortion and abortifacient contraceptives (National Center for Health Statistics Division of CDC, 2003; International Pharmacists for Life, 2003).

It’s clear that it is time for expansive and comprehensive education against contraception use.

The very life and health of women and the country depend on it.

As we watch this all play out it is easy to think that “Crazy is the New Normal”… sex outside of marriage, doctors prescribing class A1 carcinogens and women, through hormonal contraceptives, chemically aborting possibly one baby every month.

That’s definitely CRAZY. But it will never be normal.

More Information:

I’ve written extensively on this topic. Here are some of my publications on the topic:

Here are some of my blogs on the topic:

Dr. Walt in an Online Documentary Revealing Abortifacient Effects of the Pill

July 14, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Filmmaker Trent Herbert has produced a well-researched documentary called “28 Days on the Pill” that exposes the abortifacient properties of the birth control pill.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Pill, the documentary is being made available online for the first time.
Featuring Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Christian author Randy Alcorn (“Heaven, Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?”) and Dr. Walt Larimore (formerly with Focus on the Family), the film makes the case that few people are aware that oral contraceptives can cause abortions.
According to the documentary, the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), the Canadian Pharmacists Association’s drug information resource, and the Physicians Desk Reference, the American standard, mention the abortifacient qualities of the pill. But the majority of information given to oral contraceptive users fails to disclose it.
Dr. Mohler says that while he “cannot imagine any development in human history, after the Fall, that has had a greater impact on human beings than the pill,” doctors shy away from telling their patients about the abortifacient aspects of the pill because “it could lead to awkward questions and lifestyle changes, and it could also put persons in the position of very deep moral reconsideration of what they’ve taken for granted since the early 1960s.”
“For many evangelical Christians, birth control has been an issue of concern only for Catholics … that is all changing,” Dr. Mohler observes.
A media release on the documentary says, “Whether Christian or not, women across the board do not have a real understanding of how the pill actually works.”
“Does it only prevent ovulation? What do the inserts and pharmaceutical guides really say? How is it that women consume something when they know very little about how it actually works? Do women and men really care?”
The producers believe women should be given the opportunity to make an informed choice.
“No matter what one’s conclusions are, we believe everyone has a right to full information and informed consent. Whether on the left or the right, we should all agree, informed consent in the medical community is paramount.”
Visit the “28 Days on the Pill” Website here.
View the full documentary “28 Days on the Pill” now by clicking here.
See previous LSN coverage:
New Evangelical Documentary Exposes Abortifacient Qualities of the Birth Control Pill, Promotes NFP
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/may/09052707.html

LifeSiteNews.com is featuring a story about my friend, filmmaker Trent Herbert, who has produced a well-researched documentary called “28 Days on the Pill” that exposes the abortifacient properties of the birth control pill.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Pill, Trent is making the entire documentary available online for the first time. Here are the details:

Featuring Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Christian author Randy Alcorn (Heaven and Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?) and Dr. Walt Larimore (formerly with Focus on the Family), the film makes the case that few people are aware that oral contraceptives can cause abortions.

According to the documentary, the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), the Canadian Pharmacists Association’s drug information resource, and the Physicians Desk Reference, the American standard, mention the abortifacient qualities of the pill. But the majority of information given to oral contraceptive users fails to disclose it.

Dr. Mohler says that while he “cannot imagine any development in human history, after the Fall, that has had a greater impact on human beings than the pill,” doctors shy away from telling their patients about the abortifacient aspects of the pill because “it could lead to awkward questions and lifestyle changes, and it could also put persons in the position of very deep moral reconsideration of what they’ve taken for granted since the early 1960s.”

“For many evangelical Christians, birth control has been an issue of concern only for Catholics … that is all changing,” Dr. Mohler observes.

A media release on the documentary says, “Whether Christian or not, women across the board do not have a real understanding of how the pill actually works.”

“Does it only prevent ovulation? What do the inserts and pharmaceutical guides really say? How is it that women consume something when they know very little about how it actually works? Do women and men really care?”

The producers believe women should be given the opportunity to make an informed choice.

“No matter what one’s conclusions are, we believe everyone has a right to full information and informed consent. Whether on the left or the right, we should all agree, informed consent in the medical community is paramount.”

  • Visit the “28 Days on the Pill” Website here.
  • View the full documentary “28 Days on the Pill” now by clicking here.
  • See the article, “New Evangelical Documentary Exposes Abortifacient Qualities of the Birth Control Pill, Promotes NFP,” here.

Here are a few of Dr. Walt’s articles on the topic of the abortifacient effect of the pill:

  • Read Dr. Walt’s peer-reviewed article on the topic, “Postfertilization effects of oral contraceptives and their relationship to informed consent,here.
  • Read Dr. Walt’s editorial and commentary on the topic here.
  • Read Dr. Walt’s ethics article, “The Growing Debate About the Abortifacient Effect of the Birth Control Pill and the Principle of the Double Effect,” here.

New Drug Ellaone Billed as Better Morning After Pill, But It Causes Abortions

LifeNews.com is reporting that abortion advocates are pushing a new drug that they say is an expanded morning after pill, or emergency contraception. However, pro-life doctors and advocates say Ellaone, also known as Ulipristal, works as an abortion drug and not an agent that prevents conception.

The morning after pill, or Plan B drug, has been around for years and can either prevent fertilization from occurring or can sometimes act as an abortifacient by killing the unique human being fertilization develops.

Ellaone is different — instead of working hours or just a couple of days after sexual relations take place as the morning after pill does, it can be used up to five days afterwards.

The drug is becoming popular in Europe and abortion advocates there are pushing it as a better version of the morning after pill.

Ann Furedi, from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service abortion business in the UK, tells the London Daily Mail, “This new type of emergency contraceptive pill is exciting news.”

But Josephine Quintavalle, of the Pro-Life Alliance, says Ellaone is not an emergency contraception because it causes an abortion rather than preventing pregnancy.

“If you take a morning-after pill within 24 hours, there is always the argument that the sperm may not have fertilized the egg by then, meaning pregnancy has not yet happened,” she told the newspaper. “But if this pill works for five days there is no argument. This is not a contraceptive, it is an abortive agent.”

Dr. Donna Harrison, the president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists agrees with the assessment of Ellaone (Ulipristal) as an abortion drug.

“I think it’s important that the pro-life community recognize exactly what Ulipristal is, and how it works, so they are not fooled,” she told LifeNews.com today.

Harrison says she is concerned that the drug will be able to be sold over the counter in the same way the Plan B morning after pill is sold without a doctor’s prescription or consultation.

In England, the Ellaone drug is sold via prescription and costs almost three times as much as the morning after pill.

Abortion advocates, in preparing for a big push to promote Ulipristal to the general public, are touting new research papers showing it to be “more effective” in preventing pregnancy or, in this case, killing unborn children.

Anna Glasier, of NHS Lothian in Edinburgh, led a study of more than 5,500 women in the UK published online in The Lancet medical journal. It found fewer pregnancies among those women given the Ellaone drug within five days of intercourse. And for women who took the drug between 3-5 days after having sex, only women taking the traditional morning after pill became pregnant.

Glasier told the Daily Mail that she doesn’t think the Ellaone drug will become as popular because women like the convenience of getting the morning after pill at a pharmacy without the prescription Ellaone requires.

But if that changes in England or becomes available without a prescription in the United States or other countries, Harrison’s fears will be confirmed.

Some of my other blogs on the abortifacient effect of the birth control pill are here:

New documentary features Dr. Walt and exposes abortifacient qualities of the birth control pill

A documentary called “28 Days on the Pill” has been released that seeks to expose the abortifacient properties of the birth control pill. The documentary explains that many forms of birth control pills contain progesterone, which thins the endometrium, the walls of the uterus, which in turn causes it to become inhospitable to newly conceived human life, causing an abortion.

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The Abortifacient Effect of the Birth Control Pill (A Reading List)

Below is the list of references I’ve found helpful (and some I have written) on the complex debate about whether the birth control pill can have an abortifacient (or post-fertilization) effect. (Last updated June 20, 2009) Please comment, below, if you have any other references to suggest.

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Some Pharmacies Believe Birth Control Pills Cause Unrecognized Abortions

ABC News is reporting that a small, but growing number, of pharmacies are refuse to sell brith control that they believe may cause the unrecognized abortion of an unborn child at the earliest stages of development.

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Counselor Fired after Referring Homosexual to Colleague Because of Religious Objections

LifeSiteNews.com is reporting that Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of a licensed counselor who was fired after referring a person seeking counsel with a same-sex relationship to a colleague. Rather than attempt to provide a service that would conflict with her sincerely-held religious beliefs on homosexual behavior, Marcia Walden referred her to another counselor; however, the counselee later filed a complaint that ultimately cost Walden her job.

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Professor Says Women Use Birth Control Pill Wrong, Resulting in Abortions

LifeNews.com is reporting the comments of a Princeton University professor who says women are not using birth control pills correctly and the misuse is resulting in pregnancies and abortions that wouldn’t otherwise occur. Professor James Trussell says about 8 percent of women who use the birth control pill become pregnant annually and get abortions because they don’t take the pills faithfully.

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