ALL Associate Newsletter - Vol. 9, No. 17 - Monday, April 23, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012 - By Leslie Tignor

American Life League
Associate Newsletter
Volume 9, Number 17
Monday, April 23, 2012

Prayer Request
Please continue to pray for Peg Saindon (Mother and Unborn Baby Care of Fox Valley).

Tip of the Month – The History of the Pill, Part 2
By ALL Staff Members

1960: The pharmaceutical company G.D. Searle obtains FDA approval to sell the pill as a contraceptive, despite the FDA's initial misgivings about its long-term safety. It becomes the first FDA-approved drug to be given to healthy patients for long-term use and for social purposes.

1961: Dr. C. Lee Buxton, Yale Medical School's OB-GYN department chairman, and Estelle Griswold, executive director of Planned Parenthood, open four Planned Parenthood clinics in Connecticut, where the use of birth control is illegal. They are arrested and the Griswold v. Connecticut case begins to work its way through the court system.

1962: Serious side effects from the pill, such as blood clots and heart attacks, begin to be publicized. Searle receives reports of 132 blood clots, 11 of which were terminal, but denies that they are caused by the pill.

1965: The U.S. Supreme Court decides Griswold v. Connecticut by overturning the law prohibiting the use of birth control, thereby decriminalizing poison in the form of the pill.

1967: The Pittsburgh chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People accuses Planned Parenthood of promoting birth control in minority neighborhoods in order to drastically reduce the black birth rate. The term "black genocide" thus comes into use.

1968: Pope Paul VI issues the encyclical Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), which reiterates the Catholic Church's consistent prohibition of contraception, sterilization and abortion. Humanae Vitae warns prophetically that "artificial birth control... could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards" and that "a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and... reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection."

1969: The publication of The Doctor's Case against the Pill, by feminist journalist Barbara Seaman, focuses nationwide attention on the pill's dangerous side effects.

1970: The negative publicity from Seaman's book results in Senate hearings on the pill's safety and the FDA requiring that prescriptions include package inserts listing the pill's side effects. After the hearings, pills with lower doses of hormones were made available.

1972: Through its Eisenstadt v. Baird decision, the U.S. Supreme Court allows single people to have access to birth control products.

1988: The FDA convinces drug companies to remove the original high-dose pill from the market.

Today: The birth control pill and other birth control products have a lower dose of estrogen, which increases the chance of breakthrough ovulation and thus increases the likelihood of chemical abortions occurring. Even with the lower dose, the pill still has other dangerous side effects, such as blood clots, breast cancer, stroke, cervical cancer, infertility, weight gain and much more. For more information on the pill's side effects, see ALL’s The Pill Kills website at www.thepillkills.com.

The Pill Kills, an annual event designed to educate the public about the harmful nature of the birth control pill and other birth control products, will be held on June 2 this year. Add the name of your organization to our list of co-sponsors and watch this space for more information in the coming weeks!


Bayer said to pay $110 million in Yaz birth-control cases
Bayer AG (BAYN), Germany’s largest drug maker, will pay at least $110 million to settle about 500 lawsuits over claims that its Yasmin line of birth-control pills caused blood clots, in the first resolution of cases over the product.

Women with more kids live longer: study
Women can expect to live longer with each child they bear, a pattern especially noticeable for those with many children. The Sydney Morning Herald reported the results of a study by researchers at the University of New South Wales, which analyzed 1,200 women over the age of 60 since 1988. Women with six or more children were found to be 40 percent less likely to die during the 16-year follow-up period than women with no children, an expectancy that increased predictably with each child they bore. Researchers said that, although it was not known exactly why children increased life expectancy, the results corresponded to the findings of studies in other countries as well.

Thirty-One Gifts, marketed with scripture, helps fund Planned Parenthood
It seems like every time I turn around my Christian friends are having “Thirty-One parties.” I’m not much for girl parties, but I have to admit, this stuff looked cute even to me, at least until I found out this Christian organization was helping to fund Planned Parenthood. Thirty-One Gifts is a company based on principles from Proverbs 31 and is much lauded by ladies across the nation as being a “Christian” organization because of this. Many of its consultants are Christian women, even ministry leaders. On the outside it looks like a worthy place to build a business with biblical values; however, its funding arm, Thirty-One Gives is giving money to abortion providers.

Multinational prayer event for unborn babies
The multinational One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies, scheduled for May 4-6, continues to take shape. Saint Michael the Archangel Organization recently received registration forms from China, India, Finland, Italy, Malta and Taiwan. In all, registration forms have been received from almost 30 nations. Why should we pray at least one million Rosaries for unborn babies? There are a number of answers, including the fact that unborn babies have been the victims of the worst massacre in the history of mankind. Within the last 50 or so years, hundreds of millions of unborn human persons (and perhaps billions) have been killed surgically and non-surgically. And, it should be pointed out clearly: This abominable crime continues to happen.

Closing Thought

What will separate us from the love of Christ?  (Romans 8:35)

Is our focus on everyday relationships or is it on Christ? To focus on Christ is not to neglect the everyday, but to see it in right proportion. This insight frees us from undue anxiety about what is of lesser importance. Anxiety is one of the contemporary demons driven out by listening attentively to Christ’s words of power.

Magnificat Reflection on Romans 8:35

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