On March 1, the German drug maker Bayer reported that it has spent $1.69 billion – BILLION – to settle 8,250 lawsuits filed by women who were harmed by the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. The drugs have been linked to more than 100 deaths, including 23 reported in Canada last year. Other injuries include blood clots, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.
Last month, the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency warned that drugs like Yasmin double a woman’s risk of developing a blood clot. And yet in Canada, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada said the drugs are “safe and effective.”
What’s going on here?
When I was researching “Recall Abortion” in 2012, Yaz settlements in the U.S. alone had reached $402.6 million, and the FDA warned Bayer that it had to strengthen its warning about blood clots. Now it’s two years later, women are still suffering, women are still dying, and Yaz and Yasmin are still on the market because they make money – even after the legal bills are paid.
The tragedy of Yaz and Yasmin was brought home to me last month when I gave a presentation at the Legatus national conference in Orlando. A woman who heard my talk about harmful contraception approached me afterward to talk about the daughter of her dear friend. The college student was prescribed Yaz for a serious acne condition, and not long after she began taking it, she suffered a blood clot in the brain that left her in a coma for five years. When I met this woman, her friend’s daughter had just been buried. No legal settlement can compensate the loss of a daughter.
But Bayer marches on. The pharmaceutical giant last year bolstered its contraceptives holding by purchasing the California company Conceptus, maker of Essure.
Essure, which has been on the market for more than 10 years, is advertised as a permanent sterilization method that is less invasive and cheaper than a tubal ligation. It consists of metal coils that are implanted in a woman’s fallopian tubes. The resulting scar tissue acts as a sperm blocker. It’s hard to imagine how Essure ever won FDA approval, but if you go by the stories posted on a daily basis by members of a Facebook group called “Essure Problems,” it is harming women in dozens of debilitating, and even deadly, ways. And to make it worse, Essure has the status of a protected medical device so its victims can’t even sue. The best thing these women – many of them young – can hope for is to find a physician willing to perform a hysterectomy.
How many women have to suffer and die for a product to be taken off the market? Apparently, there is no magic number. The bad medicine of abortion and contraception are too profitable, too sacred in our secular nation, to let women’s health concerns get in the way.
Contrast this to the news of yet another auto recall just a few weeks ago. GM recalled 1.3 million cars to fix problems with a faulty ignition that led to 13 deaths. I don’t think there’s a driver in America who would question why that recall was necessary, and in fact GM is under fire for waiting so long to take action.
Why don’t we call for that same kind of action when women die? Why don’t we demand a recall of the drugs and procedures that are killing us?
To sign a petition to demand such a recall, go to RecallAbortion.com