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Reducing abortions is there an abortion change?

Posted in Abortion decreasing, Abortion Numbers, Abortion pill, Abortion reporting, Abortion stats, AHA, CDC, Guttmacher, Medication Abortion, Morning After Pill, Non-Surgical abortion, Plan B, RU-486 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2015 by saynsumthn

Anti-abortion activists who “claim” that abortions are not decreasing have neither the documentation nor the knowledge to prove their claims.

One such pro-life “claim” was refuted recently by Jill Stanek on her blog which you can read here.

The argument is that medical abortion as opposed to surgical abortion are somehow not counted in the overall abortion stats which then contradicts statements by pro-life leaders who say that abortions are decreasing in United States.

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Of all the people I have heard use this bogus claim, no one offers a single study to back it up.

In addition, they fail to mention that medical abortions are counted in the overall abortion stats where abortion reporting is required.

It is important to note that medical abortions never went OTC because of popularity – this happened because of politics plain and simple.

The early medical abortion, RU486 or mifepristone was not approved for use in the US until Sept 2000.

So how do they account or the drop in abortions prior to those dates?

The chemical abortion, Plan B, regarded by the FDA as a “emergency contraction”, was first approved in July 2009 for use without a prescription for women age 17 and older and as a prescription-only option for women younger than age 17. In April 2013, the product was approved for nonprescription use for women as young as 15. In June of 2013, Plan B became available to women and girls of all ages.

Although, it might be true that some chemicals labeled “contraception” which are abortive, may not be included in the abortion numbers – it is also true that this has always been the case.

For example, if emergency contraception is counted as “birth control” and not “abortion” that does not negate the fact that abortions are on the decrease.

Because emergency contraception (also called “morning after pills” or “day after pills”) is only effective up to 5 days after having sex and Plan B must be taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse to be effective, it may be true that some women who take EC or Plan B are pregnant – but- it may also be true that some are not pregnant – a fact we will never know.

Just as it is true that the birth control pill and other forms of “contraception” may also be abortive, their numbers have never been included in the overall abortion stats.

What we are looking at is “trends.”

Prior to Roe, women were not seeking abortions by the millions like they do today.

After abortion was legalized it is true that abortion numbers rose.

However, according to stats, abortions peaked in 1990 (around then) and after groups like Operation Rescue and others took to the streets – they went on a downward trend which continues to this day.

According to the CDC:

    following nationwide legalization of abortion in 1973, the total number, rate (number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years), and ratio (number of abortions per 1,000 live births) of reported abortions increased rapidly, reaching the highest levels in the 1980s before decreasing at a slow yet steady pace . However, the incidence of abortion has varied considerably across demographic subpopulations (5–9). Moreover, during 2006–2008, an interruption occurred in the previously sustained pattern of decrease, but was then followed in subsequent years by even greater decreases.

We used to have almost 2200 abortion clinics in America and according to a 2014 analysis by Operation Rescue which tracks abortion clinics closures, the total number of all remaining abortion clinics in the US is currently 739. Surgical abortion facilities account for 551 of that total while the number of medication-only abortion facilities stands at 188.

How can the majority of abortions be medical when the majority of clinics are surgical?

Abortion restrictions limit abortion access and reduce abortion numbers.

Guttmacher ab restrictions

We know that legalization makes abortion “appear” acceptable – which in turn increases them. We know from studying trends that when abortion became legalized, for example the numbers of African American women who had abortions went way up. We also know from studies that if an abortion clinic is within certain miles of a woman seeking abortion that her decision to have the abortion increases. All those factors change when the abortion clinic is closed.

Trends for example in the African American community show that not only did legalization increase abortion so did access.

Studies from the CDC show that, prior to legalization, approximately 80% of all illegal abortions were done on white women. One study in New York even found that white women had five-times as many abortions as black women.

But, at the moment abortion became legal, that began to reverse.

In 1973, researchers within the abortion movements were documenting that easy access to abortion clinics produces higher abortion rates in the surrounding area. And at least one expert discovered that having a nearby clinic is a bigger factor in the black abortion rate than it is in the while abortion rate.

In a 1999 paper published by the American Journal of Public Health Phillip B. Levine, Douglas Staigei; along with Thomas J. Kane and David J. Zimnmerman, entitled, Roe v Wade and American Fertility, the group points out that when abortions are made legal, fertility rates drop with a reduction in births of teens and non-White women to be the largest.

Phillip B Levine Roe v Wade and American Fertility

Estimates show that births to non-White women in repeal states (vs states with no law change) fell by 12% just following repeal, more than 3 times the effect on White women’s fertility,” that paper states.

Effect of abortion on Black births

The group also concluded that there was an important connection between the fall of birth rates in states where abortion was accessible vs. states where it was not, “The results indicate that travel between states to obtain abortions was important. Births in repeal states fell by almost 11% relative to births in nonrepeal states more than 750 miles away but only by 4.5% relative to births in states less than 250 miles away and those in states between 250 and 750 miles away,” the authors write.

What this shows is the reverse is also true. Closing abortion clinics will reduce abortions overall.

Abortion advocates know that when abortion access i.e. the closing of local abortion clinics takes place- fewer women have abortions.

Many reasons for women NOT to get a medical abortion.

According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology women prefer surgical abortions, “Generally, women are satisfied with the method they choose but, when randomized, prefer surgical abortion to medical abortion, ACOG says.

    When women choose medical abortion they choose them because of a desire to avoid surgery, a perception that medical abortion is safer than surgical abortion, and a belief that medical abortion is more natural and private than a surgical procedure.

    However, compared with surgical abortion, medical abortion takes longer to complete, requires more active patient participation, and is associated with higher reported rates of bleeding and cramping.

ACOG medical versus chemical abortion

    With medical abortion, expulsion of the products of conception [i.e. the unborn baby], most likely will occur at home, but a few women will still require surgical evacuation to complete the abortion. An early surgical abortion takes place most commonly in one visit and involves less waiting and less doubt about when the abortion occurs compared with medical abortion. In addition, women who undergo surgical abortion will not see any products of conception [or fetal body parts] or blood clots during the procedure.

Given this data, it is a marketing ploy by the for-profit abortion lobby to give an impression that many abortions are “non-cutting” or non-surgical. That is because “Surgery” scares clients.

However- the use of the term non-surgical abortion does not imply that they are medical as Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D at National Right to Life explains:

    Clinics are obviously trying to address and assuage these fears. On the one hand they explicitly try to argue in their descriptions of the procedures that “no cutting is involved” (Aaron’s Women’s Clinic, Houston TX). Or they can say that in a vacuum aspiration “There is NO cutting or scraping of the uterus” (Northside Women’s Clinic, Atlanta, GA).

    The South Jersey Women’s Center still calls these surgical abortions (which they are), but tries to distinguish these from ordinary surgical procedures. “No cutting or incision is necessary and the procedure takes only 5 to 7 minutes.”

    Planned Parenthood avoids the term “surgical” and tries to call these “In-Clinic Abortion Procedures.”

    New York OB/GYN AssociatesTM classifies these as “Non-Surgical Abortions” because they “do not involve any scraping or scarring of the uterus.” They say that “There is no cutting during an Aspiration Abortion.” They maintain that “There is no scraping, no scaring and no damage to the uterine wall.”
    Both the chemical and aspiration methods they advertise “are designed to naturally release a woman’s pregnancy in a gentle and safe way, which does not cause damage.”

    However there is more to this than just calming fears and apprehensions. The abortion industry has found it increasingly difficult to find doctors willing to perform abortions or to add abortion to their practices. By re-defining the abortion procedure as “non-surgical,” this opens up the performance of abortion to a whole new set of medical practitioners.

    Promoters of the idea that these are “non-surgical” try to employ the rationale that because they do not cut tissue to enter the woman’s body but enter through the birth canal, these are somehow, strictly speaking, not surgery.

What the increase of medical abortions show is that abortions are occurring earlier, not that more are happening.

As of 2008 medical abortions comprised around 15-16% of abortions.

In 2011, the CDC reported that at ≤8 weeks’ gestation, early medical abortion accounted for 28.5% of abortions, but at all subsequent points in gestation the use of medications to induce abortions through nonsurgical methods accounted for only 0.6%–5.3% of reported abortions.

CDC 2011 Surgical and Medical abortion state

A July 2014 report by Guttmacher said that in 2011, medication abortion accounted for 23% of all nonhospital abortions and 36% of abortions before nine weeks’ gestation a similar figure to the CDC.

Guttmacher Medical Abortions 2011

Early medication abortions have increased from 6% of all abortions in 2001 to 23% in 2011, even while the overall number of abortions continued to decline, Guttmacher reports.

(NOTE: Medication and nonsurgical abortions numbers are reflected in Guttmachers overall abortion totals.)

REPORTING

Having said all of that, I do agree that not all abortions are reported – but – as I document above- they never have been.

What we are using to determine that abortions are declining is stats that have been in place since the 1970’s.

An analogy by Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, reveals the nonsense of critics of the pro-life movement by comparing stats on abortion numbers to other statistics we commonly reference, “How do they know robbery and murder rates are down? Those are just stats also,” he told Saynsumthn.

Newman points out that there are many ways to steal online and those thefts may not get counted.

In addition, Newman says that people can be murdered in ways that don’t look like murder, “Does that mean that the “anti-murder” crowd and the “anti-robbery crowd” need to do a better job and stop quoting published crime stats?” he asked.

Take polls for example, they do not sample all people but are a proven indication of trends. If you do not use any source for your abortion stats how can you then make the claim from that – nothing has changed?

So, even though an argument can be made that every abortion is not reported, that does not prove that abortions are not decreasing in numbers.

Know this, that had it not been for pro-life legislation, pro-life counselors outside abortion clinics, undercover efforts to expose doctors and clinics the numbers would be much higher no matter how you look at it. This is not a complete victory – but it is a reason to push all the harder to banish abortion from our land.

No one has ever claimed that ALL abortions are reported however the baseline is consistent.

Whatever the real number – pro-lifers have the testimony of many women who have chosen life as a source as well.

I have been in this fight for 32 years and no person who is recently interested in the unborn will EVER convince me that we have not saved lives and made a difference.

You can try to re-write history if you want to, but some of us lived this history and until we are dead we will testify to the changes we have witnessed.

Birth Control may decrease bone density , says new study

Posted in birth control, Birth Control Dangers with tags , , , , , , , on August 3, 2011 by saynsumthn

Gradual bone reduction seen in some pill users

Changes in bone density in oral contraceptive users depends on age and hormone dose

Seattle, WA—Birth control pills may reduce a woman’s bone density, according to a study published online July 13 in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism by Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) scientists. Impacts on bone were small, depended on the woman’s age and the pill’s hormone dose, and did not appear until about two years of use. The study size and design allowed the researchers to focus on 14- to 18-year-old teenagers, and to look at how bone density might change when a woman stops using the pill.

GHRI Senior Investigator Delia Scholes, PhD, led the study. Hormones are a key component of bone health, she says, and hormonal contraceptives are a major source of external hormones for women—the pill is the most common birth control method worldwide. A woman’s risk of fractures later in life is influenced by the bone mass she gains in her teens through her 20s, and this age group has the highest use of oral contraceptives. “The teen years are when women most actively gain bone, so we thought it was important to look at that age group,” says Scholes. “We found that oral contraceptive use had a small negative impact on bone gain at these ages, but took time to appear, and depended on hormone dose.”
The researchers measured hip, spine, and whole-body bone densities in 301 teen women aged 14-18, and in 305 young adult women aged 19-30, all Group Health Cooperative members. The bone densities of 389 participants using oral contraceptives were compared to 217 similar women who were not using this method, looking at both teens and young adults, and the two most commonly prescribed estrogen doses in pills: 20-25 micrograms and 30-35 micrograms. Bone density measurements were taken at the start of the study, and every 6 months for 2 to 3 years. During that time, 172 oral contraceptive users stopped taking the medication, allowing the researchers to measure bone changes after pill use was discontinued. They found:

* After two years, teens who used 30-35 microgram pills showed about 1% less gain in bone density at both the spine and whole body sites than teens who did not use hormonal contraceptives.
* For young adult women, users and non-users of oral contraceptives showed no differences in bone density at any site.
* Any differences in bone density between users and nonusers of oral contraceptives were less than 2%, and were seen only after two or more years of use, and only at some measured sites.
* At 12-24 months after stopping, teens who took 30-35 microgram pills still showed smaller bone density gains at the spine than teens who did not use oral contraceptives.
* At 12-24 months after stopping, young adult women who used either pill dose showed small bone density losses at the spine compared to small gains in women who did not take oral contraceptives.

Scholes says additional studies, including looking at bone changes for a longer time after pill use is discontinued, may tell us more about how oral contraceptive use is related to fracture risk. For now, the results of Scholes’ study may help women make informed decisions. “Bone health, especially for long-term users of the pill, may be one of many factors women consider in choosing a contraceptive method that’s right for them,” she says. The US Surgeon General recommends that women maintain bone density by eating foods high in calcium and vitamin D, getting weight-bearing exercise, not smoking, and limiting drinking alcohol.

Dr. Scholes’ co-authors are Rebecca A. Hubbard, PhD, Laura E. Ichikawa, MS, and Leslie Spangler VMD, PhD, Group Health Research Institute (GHRI); Andrea Z. LaCroix, PhD, MPH, and Jeannette M. Beasley, PhD, MPH, RD, Women’s Health Initiative, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle WA; Susan Reed, MD, MPH, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (UW); and Susan M. Ott, MD, Department of Medicine, UW.
Funding was from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health.

Group Health Research Institute
Founded in 1947, Group Health Cooperative is a Seattle-based, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system. Group Health Research Institute (www.grouphealthresearch.org) changed its name from Group Health Center for Health Studies on September 8, 2009. Since 1983, the Institute has conducted nonproprietary public-interest research on preventing, diagnosing, and treating major health problems. Government and private research grants provide its main funding.

Regulatory agencies failed to act against abortion clinic: deaths, injuries, and arrests followed

Posted in Abortion, Abortion clinic dirty, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, pro-choice, Pro-choice law breakers, pro-choice violence with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2011 by saynsumthn

‘Complete regulatory collapse’: Why complaints about abortion doctor went nowhere
3/21/2011 By Chelsea Conaboy Philadelphia Inquirer

Cassandra Barger knew something was wrong almost immediately. Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor charged in January with eight counts of murder, had begun giving her anesthetic to end a pregnancy. Barger ripped the IV from her arm.

Racked by convulsions, she crashed from the exam table to the floor. She would stay there nearly an hour while Gosnell and his staff refused to call 911 or allow her companion to leave the locked clinic for help, according to a lawsuit her lawyer filed.

Barger, 34, a recovering drug addict, had warned Gosnell that she was on methadone when she went to his West Philadelphia clinic April 2, 2005, her filing said. She knew the drug could interact dangerously with certain sedatives.

What she could not have known was that Gosnell had a long history of injuring his patients and had let his malpractice insurance lapse nearly a year earlier in violation of state law.

Lawyers at Pennsylvania’s Department of State, charged with weeding out bad doctors, were told about the lapse and Barger’s lawsuit – along with many others – but took no action. Barger’s lawyer said he suspected that Gosnell had paid his client privately to walk away.

Barger’s case provides a window into the state’s system to discipline doctors, one that relies heavily on physician self-reporting and state investigators whose effectiveness has been questioned. It’s a system that patient-safety advocates and a leading ethicist say is broken.

Gosnell “was able to go on despite complaints for a long time,” said Arthur Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics. “That is not acceptable.”
Gosnell was arrested Jan. 19 with his wife and eight employees. He is charged in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, who went into cardiac arrest after an overdose of anesthesia, and in the deaths of seven babies prosecutors say he delivered live and then killed.

Gosnell, who may face the death penalty, has maintained he is innocent. His lawyer Jack McMahon, who is still evaluating the case, said it appeared much weaker than prosecutors had portrayed. It may be years before Gosnell’s case is heard in court.

The grand jury that indicted Gosnell denounced the Department of State for its role in the “complete regulatory collapse” that kept him in business for nearly four decades. The agency has been silent since, referring reporters to Gov. Corbett’s office. Spokeswoman Janet Kelley declined to make anyone available for this article but answered a few questions by e-mail.

Complaints about doctors are made to the department’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs by patients, by doctors, or as notices from insurers. State law requires doctors to notify the bureau when named in a malpractice suit. Lawyers there decide which cases to take before the Board of Medicine.

Filings against Gosnell – five were made from 2002 to 2009 – were handled by various lawyers there, some of whom told the grand jury that they had been unaware of Gosnell’s full complaint history. Each case was closed without action.

Department of State chief counsel Steven Turner told the state Senate’s Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee on March 1 that he had taken up the mantra “Never another Gosnell.”

Turner said he was working to improve communication and streamline reviews so that the same lawyers see all cases against a single doctor. He acknowledged that the lawyers he oversaw had not properly investigated malpractice cases filed against Gosnell – at least 13 since 1981.

The lack of action was not the result of a shortage in resources, Turner said. It was “a failure to perform” by certain individuals. Between the Department of State and the Department of Health, which oversees abortion clinics, 11 employees have been fired, resigned, or retired. Corbett’s office declined to provide a list of the Department of State lawyers affected.

Critics say the bureau is understaffed and weak.

The office is full of “people of goodwill who have absolutely no power,” said Cliff Rieders, a malpractice lawyer who sits on the board of the state Patient Safety Authority. “It is completely and totally ineffective.”

Barger filed her case, alleging negligence and battery, in September 2005.

Gosnell responded, denying the allegations, without a lawyer. That was a red flag for Barger’s Philadelphia attorney, Derek Layser. A malpractice-insurance carrier typically provides counsel, he said.

As in most states, physicians and surgeons in Pennsylvania must carry liability insurance. The requirement is aimed at deterring negligent care and giving wronged patients some recourse.

Layser wrote to the Department of State on Sept. 13, 2005, requesting an investigation into Gosnell’s self-representation. Soon afterward, Layser said, Barger stopped returning his phone calls.

“As far as I know,” Layser said, Gosnell “contacted her directly and paid her some amount, and then I couldn’t get a hold of her.”

Barger could not be reached for comment. The grand jury said Gosnell might have paid others off. McMahon, his lawyer, said he knew nothing of such payments.
Eight months after receiving Layser’s letter, Department of State prosecutor David Grubb recommended closing the file without checking Gosnell’s insurance coverage, the grand jury found, and supervisor Andrew Kramer agreed.

After federal drug authorities raided Gosnell’s clinic years later, an investigator at the department discovered that Gosnell had no malpractice insurance from July 2004 to mid-April 2005.

Turner, in his Senate testimony, disputed that. There was “divergent information” showing Gosnell might have been covered all along, he said. He didn’t explain, and Kelley, the governor’s spokeswoman, declined to clarify.

Mariana Sorensen, a lawyer with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, said she stood by the grand jury’s report and its account taken from the Department of State’s own investigator.

Gosnell should have been on the department’s radar before Layser sent his letter. A year earlier, in 2004, lawyers there reviewed two cases against Gosnell: a complaint filed by a former employee listing violations, including that untrained staff administered anesthesia, and a notice of a $900,000 settlement with the family of patient Semika Shaw, who died after an abortion in 2000.

Lawyer Mark Greenwald reviewed the cases and, on the same day in 2004, closed both without further action, a decision the grand jury called “incomprehensible.” Senior prosecutor Charles Hartwell approved the decision.

In 2009, another complaint was closed without action. Lawyer Juan Ruiz reviewed the case of a patient who said Gosnell had perforated her uterus during an abortion. Ruiz found no “pattern of conduct,” even though five other women had sued for similar injuries, the grand jury found.

Ruiz and Grubb remain on the department staff. Kramer is retired and could not be reached for comment. Hartwell and Greenwald were among those who the governor’s office said had resigned or been fired.

Hartwell said in an interview that he had served the state well during his 12 years there. Files moved through the bureau quickly, he said. About 30 lawyers handled up to 12,000 cases each year for 29 professional licensing boards, he said. That would require each lawyer to resolve more than one case every day.

Hartwell said there had been “nothing extraordinary” about the Gosnell cases. One complaint came from a former employee who did not want to be called as a witness, which put its merit in question, he said. Shaw suffered a perforated uterus, a known risk in certain abortions, he said.

The insurer said that Gosnell had failed to notice he injured Shaw and that she had died of sepsis as a result, the grand jury found.

The department received a poor review in a study released last week from Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group. It found the state had taken no licensure action against 70 percent of doctors disciplined by Pennsylvania hospitals for poor performance between 1990 and 2009. That compared with 57 percent in New Jersey and 55 percent nationally.

Gosnell had been disciplined by at least one hospital. Penn Presbyterian Medical Center revoked his privileges before federal authorities raided his clinic in February 2010.
Nationally, medical boards are ill-equipped to act quickly. And, Penn’s Caplan said, the culture “is oriented toward keeping doctors in practice, respecting their ability to earn a living, more than patient safety or weeding out inept practitioners.”

“We really need to decide whether a system that lets a guy like this slip by doesn’t really need a serious overhaul,” he said.

Rieders, the malpractice lawyer on the Patient Safety Authority board, has lobbied for a state database that would allow patients to see whether their doctor had insurance, something they now have no way of knowing. And he would like judges to be able to issue injunctions when necessary to keep bad doctors from seeing patients. Fixing the existing system, he said, requires resources.

In his proposed budget, Corbett recommended cutting 13 people from the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. Funding would shrink 8.6 percent to $35.6 million.

Daughter of abortion patient killed by Kermit Gosnell speaks out

Posted in Abortion, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, Kermit Gosnell with tags , , , , , on March 2, 2011 by saynsumthn

41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar died as a result of her abortion by abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Mongar died November 20, 2009, after overdosing on anesthetics prescribed by the doctor, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said. Williams called the facility “a house of horrors” that performed “botched and illegal abortions” and that was full of containers of fetuses’ body parts.

The family of the woman Gosnell killed has filed a civil lawsuit against him and against Gosnell’s abortion business seeking damages.

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In a new ruling, Common Pleas Judge Paul Panepinto granted a temporary injunction that prevents the abortion practitioner from liquidating his assets in an effort to avoid paying out any money in the settlement his attorney may arrange with attorneys for Mongar’s family. The Philadelphia Daily News indicates Bernard Smalley, the attorney representing Monar’s family, requested the injunction and a hearing will be held on March 9 to determine if the injunction should remain permanent.

The injunction requires Gosnell’s attorney to make public all of the properties he owns and prevents him from transferring the deed to the home he has in Brigantine, New Jersey — valued at about $1 million — to a family member or someone else. He is also unable to see the Women’s Medical Society abortion business for less than market value.

The News indicates Gosnell will be able to sell some real estate assets to cover legal fees but he can’t sell everything and declare himself unable to pay the civil lawsuit.
“We have no knowledge about what he owns, but what we wanted to prevent was him in any way dissipating his assets,” Smalley said, according to the paper.

A political refugee from the country of Bhutan, Mongar went to Gosnell on Nov. 19, 2009 for the abortion and, prior to it, was given numerous doses of pain and sedation drugs by an individual who was not a licensed medical practitioner.

Massive amounts of drugs found in the victim’s system led authorities to suspect Gosnell was illegally prescribing pain-killers. He temporarily lost his medical license in both Pennsylvania and neighboring Delaware. Pennsylvania officials suspect Mongar died from the botched abortion in part because she had been treated by unlicensed personnel.

The State Board of Medicine says Gosnell had the unlicensed staff member give vaginal exams and administer the drugs Demerol, Promethazine and Diazepam. He was eventually fined $1,000 for the violations.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged with seven first-degree murder charges related to the deaths of seven viable babies, and one third-degree murder in the death of Mongar. He is being held without bail.

Link Found Between Birth Control And Strokes In Kids

Posted in birth control, Birth Control Dangers with tags , , , , , on November 5, 2010 by saynsumthn

November 5, 2010 (RTTNews )
A new report in the journal Acta Paediatrica suggests that children who smoke and take oral contraceptive pills are at an increased risk for stroke.

According to Dr. Sten Christerson of the Paediatric Clinic at the Orebro University Hospital in Sweden, children who suffer strokes early in life often have life long health problems.

“The aim of the study was to evaluate the incidence, presenting symptoms and signs, time lag to diagnosis, medical investigations, risk factors and short-term outcomes of childhood stroke,” Christerson tells ScienceDaily.com.

For the study, Christerson and his team reviewed the health records of children between the ages of 28-days-old and 18-years-old and found that 85 percent of those who survived strokes had significant neurological impairments.

“Although childhood stroke is not as common as many other childhood illnesses, it is a serious condition that results in considerable long-term ill health and severe functional disabilities.”
A significant number of the female patients were using oral contraceptives and/or smoking prior to their stroke. Christerson says that the new data should raise awareness of childhood stroke.

“Clear guidelines are needed to provide more consistent diagnosis and treatment of childhood stroke and our study also highlights the need for long-term rehabilitation services. It also raises real concerns about young girls who take oral contraceptives and also smoke or have iron deficient anaemia.”

High Potential for False Safety Concerns with H1N1 Vaccine

Posted in Alex Jones, Civil Rights, Flu Chip, Flu Shot, Glenn Beck, H1N1, Health Care, Homeland Security, Mercury, Population Control, Swine Flu, Vaccinations, Veri-Chip with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2009 by saynsumthn

From Medical News:

Failure to account for background rates when considering adverse events from pandemic H1N1 flu vaccination could spark public panic, researchers cautioned.
Coincidental cases of dramatic events including sudden death, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and spontaneous abortion can be expected to boost the true incidence of adverse events after immunization, said Steven Black, MD, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and colleagues online in The Lancet.

The public will need frequent reassurance of vaccine safety when events that are temporally associated with vaccination are identified, even when these events have other causes and occur at the expected background rate,” they said.

Widespread belief in spurious associations can disrupt immunization programs, the researchers noted.

They cited the example of four deaths that occurred within 24 hours of seasonal flu vaccination in 2006 in Israel that derailed the program there, even though these were high-risk patients to begin with and the number of deaths was actually lower than expected from chance alone.

The risk is high for a similar situation with the mass vaccination programs underway for H1N1 influenza, they said.

A vaccination campaign in 1976-1977 against “swine” flu was associated with elevated rates of the autoimmune disease Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Since one or two diagnoses of the syndrome per 1 million people would be expected every month, 200 or more cases of Guillain-Barré will occur as background, coincidental events during the current vaccination campaign if 100 million people in the U.S. are immunized.

The reporting of even a fraction of such a large number of cases as adverse events after immunization, with attendant media coverage, would probably give rise to intense public concern, even though the occurrence of such cases was completely predictable and would have happened in the absence of a mass campaign,” Black’s group wrote.

So, the investigators looked into background rates of some events that are most likely to raise concerns with the pandemic vaccination campaign.
A review of data from prior studies and from hospital databases showed that rates varied by year, country, age, and sex.

Overall, 3.58 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome would be expected as background events within seven days per 10 million individuals vaccinated and 21.50 per 10 million within six weeks.

Coincident sudden death would be expected to strike 0.98 people per 10 million vaccinated people within seven days of vaccination and 5.75 cases would be expected to occur within six weeks as background events.

Among women, 14.40 cases of optic neuritis would be expected for every 10 million vaccinated within seven days and 86.30 could be expected for the same population within six weeks.

For pregnant women, 397 spontaneous abortions within one day of vaccination would occur as coincidental, background events for every 1 million vaccinated.

However, the researchers cautioned that the miscarriage rate may have been an overestimate given that vaccination rates are not uniform throughout trimesters of pregnancy.

But given the large number of events that could potentially be misinterpreted as caused by vaccination, Black’s group recommended “timely and thorough analysis of safety concerns,” taking into account the chance of temporal and geographical clustering.

For example, about 2% of practices will likely have a seemingly elevated rate — more than two standard deviations above average — of post vaccination spontaneous abortion based on the normal distribution.

Although this could lead to suspicions of a link to vaccination or a specific manufacturer’s vaccine, the investigators warned that “even random events can appear to have patterns.”

The number of cases sent to passive reporting systems alone is not an appropriate method on which to rely because the “denominator” — the number vaccinated — is usually not known, they cautioned.

Comparing observed and expected rates is a better method, although that is still subject to uncertainty and differences in populations, the researchers said.
In the U.S., the voluntary Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System has beefed up outreach efforts, and a new Web-based active surveillance system has been implemented along with population-based, computerized database monitoring, according to an accompanying commentary in The Lancet.

The CDC’s Frank DeStefano, MD, MPH, and Jerome Tokars, MD, MPH, wrote that other countries have mounted similarly intensive monitoring for the safety of the H1N1 vaccine, which should serve as a model for tracking safety of all vaccines in the future.

Black reported serving on the data monitoring safety board for pneumoccocal conjugate vaccine for GlaxoSmithKline and receiving honoraria for participation in scientific advisory boards for Novartis. Co-authors reported conflicts of interest with the CDC, Merck, Novartis, Wyeth, and Sanofi Pasteur.

DeStefano and Tokars reported no conflicts of interest.

Primary source: The Lancet
Source reference:
Black S, et al “Importance of background rates of disease in assessment of vaccine safety during mass immunisation with pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccines” Lancet 2009; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61877-8.

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