It’s great news that CVS has taken the bold and proactive step of committing to remove tobacco products from its shelves by Oct. 1. I applaud the decision.
But I would like to see the company go one step further by banning the sale of contraception and abortifacient drugs.
In announcing the ban on the sale of cancer-causing nicotine products, Larry J. Merlo, CEO and president of CVS, said: “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health. Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”
But what is the company’s purpose in regard to women’s health?
As I pointed out in my book, “Recall Abortion,” oral contraceptives that combine the hormones estrogen and progesterone, as most birth control pills do, have been designated Class I carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization.
Beyond cancer, the Pill causes numerous – and serious – health risks to women, including blood clots, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cervical and liver cancer, elevated blood pressure and stroke.
Shouldn’t CVS care about these known and demonstrated risks to women?
And what about “emergency contraception,” like Plan B, which is now available without a prescription to girls of any age. This is bad medicine too. The makers of Plan B don’t know exactly how it works, and no studies have been done to see how it would impact those with liver or kidney diseases. No studies have been done to determine overdose levels. This is a powerful and dangerous drug, being placed into to the hands of minors who can’t even buy cold remedies over the counter anymore.
And finally there’s Ella, another mystery drug whose manufacturers insist it is not abortifacient, even though it can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex. But if conception took place one day after, what an unsuspecting woman is doing four days later is causing a very early abortion of her fertilized embryo. Like Plan B, many of the potential hazards of Ella have simply not been studied.
If CVS is serious about wanting to protect the health of its customers, I hope they took a good hard look at the women and girls whose health and fertility are jeopardized by continued sales of contraceptives and abortifacients.
To learn more about the harmful effects of contraception, please go to www.RecallAbortion.com.