How safe is hormonal birth control?

How safe is hormonal birth control? This is a question that has been asked by thousands of women for years. If you listen to pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, hormonal birth control is “very safe”. In fact when Planned Parenthood does mention the potential risks of hormonal birth control, they make sure to mention that the chances of having a serious health issue is greater from pregnancy than from hormonal birth control, and that the chances of serious health issue is “very, very small”. But, are the facts about hormonal birth controls safety as clear cut as Planned Parenthood would have us all believe? The answer is a very resounding, no.

Two recent studies have pointed to dangers and concerns associated with the use of hormonal birth control. The first, was a study of over 1,000,000 women in Denmark over the span of 14 years. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen used data kept by the nation of Denmark that showed prescriptions, diagnosis’s, and subsequent follow-ups from 2000-2013. This data showed that women who were prescribed hormonal birth control were 40% more likely to be diagnosed with depression and the chances were even greater among teen girls.

The other study was by the University of Michigan. This study, which was headed up by human evolutionary biologist Beverly Strassmann, found that four different formulations more than quadrupled the levels of a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone, and another formulation resulted in a 40% higher exposure to a synthetic version of estrogen. This is important because evidence shows that an increase in hormonal exposure also increases the likelihood of breast cancer.

These two studies show that, in addition to hormonal birth controls causing an increase in the likelihood of blood clots, that hormonal birth control is not nearly as ‘safe’ as Planned Parenthood would like you to think. Just another example of Planned Parenthood not telling women the truth.

Medical Students for Life to Hold First Northeast


Regional Conference

On Saturday April 27th, 2013, Medical Students for Life of America will be hosting a Northeast Regional Conference at Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Byron Calhoun; he will address prenatal diagnosis and perinatal hospice. Dr. Calhoun will be joined by physicians such as Dr. Nicole N. Varasteh, OB/GYN and others from the Northeast discussing topics such as right of conscience, counseling patients considering abortion and more. We will also be joined by special guest Anne Burge, Executive Director of the Pregnancy Center of the Upper Valley to discuss medical connections with Pregnancy Resource Centers.

When: Saturday April 27th, 2013
Time: 8am-1pm
Where: Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine
Chilcott Auditorium, Vail Building
1 Medical Center Dr
Lebanon, NH 03756

The conference is free and open to any medical students, faculty or professionals throughout the Northeast. However, you must register by emailing us at jrussell@studentsforlife.org. Lunch will be provided free and donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the conference.

Planning for the Spring? Resources are now available for your Medical Group!

Did you know Medical Students for Life of America provides your medical group with medically accurate pro-life resources for your school year? We are proud to announce free online resources for your group at our Med Students for Life website.  We know you are busy with medical school and we are here to help your group educate your peers and grow.

Under the med resources tab you will find:

  • Medically accurate flyers on issues such as Perinatal Hospice, Conscience Rights, Fetal Development.
  • Print off our Local Medical Resource Sheet for Medical students in their 3rd and 4thyear so you can refer your patients to prolife physicians and resources
  • We also offer free webcast you can share with your group members on relevant issues facing med students.
  • Need help planning your school year for your Med group? Check out our calendars with event ideas and identified medical awareness months.
  • We also offer references to pro-life peer-reviewed articles in our online library to help you with research for your papers

We are here to serve you and to help you excel in your education. Please let us know if you have any other resource ideas you have for your school year. Check back often as we will be increasing the number of free resources available to you.

 

Abortion Referrals as Compassionate Care?

By: Jon Russell, National Coordinator for Medical Students for Life

I was recently contacted by an OBGYN wanting to get involved with Medical Students for Life as a mentor or speaker. The doctor was very delightful and you could tell by her voice she had a passion for life, but there was something not settling right with me.

You see, in the initial discussion we had over email, she shared her passion for the pro-life cause and wanted to share her pro-life views with others. She further explained that on occasion she referred some of her patients to a “safe” abortion clinic!?!…….Yes that alarm bell going off in your head was exactly what I heard.

During our phone conversation, I asked about her claim of being pro-life and yet referring her patients for abortion. She asked what else she was supposed to do for her patients asking for abortion services. I gently challenged her by saying, she was not practicing as a pro-life physician nor was it consistent with her Hippocratic oath to do no harm. Though she thought she was being compassionate, she was the primary care provider to both the mother and the growing fetus inside her. If she sends her patients to the abortion clinic, one or maybe both are not coming back to her clinic for a follow-up visit because one or both of them would be dead from the abortion. Referring patients for abortion is lethal and uncompassionate to both patients.

I also compared abortion referrals to the blacksmith who was asked to fix slave chains for a slave owner in the early 1800’s. The blacksmith was against slavery and had to say no to the slave owner and refused to refer the slave owner to another blacksmith.

Refusing to refer for abortion is the compassionate thing to do for your patient. The physician’s role is to heal illness, alleviate suffering, and provide comfort. Not to assist in taking a life.

I believe this doctor was divinely inspired to contact Medical Students for Life and to be challenged on her practice. I believe fully that our conversation was a new starting point for her. Please pray for doctors across the country to live out their convictions fully without compromise.

Join Us For A Webcast This Tuesday: What are your alternatives to prescribing contraceptives?

Join us for a national webcast on Tuesday, November 27th at 9:00 PM EST to hear Dr. Marguerite Duane discuss all the options available to physicians when counseling patients on family planning options.

As medical students you will one day be asked to prescribe birth control pills. Do you have all of your options? Do you know there are alternatives?

Fertility is a normal, healthy physiologic state.  Women’s hormonal cycles determine the fertile window when a couple will most likely conceive.  An understanding of the cycle and recognition of the external signs that determine each phase has led to the development of more environmentally friendly and highly effective forms of family planning.  Despite these advances, there is limited information about fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) being taught in medical school and residency and the majority of health professionals are trained to approach fertility as a disease state.

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to describe the scientific basis for different types of FABMs and discuss the evidence supporting the effectiveness of these methods to both avoid and achieve pregnancy.  Participants will also be able to list the basic characteristics of the different methods to determine the appropriate population for use.  Finally, we will briefly introduce the participants to FACTS – the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Systems – a dedicated group of physicians and other health professionals committed to teaching our colleagues about fertility awareness based methods of family planning.

If you are having trouble with the webcast join online here:  http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=35177088

Medical Student Resources are Now Available on Our Website

Did you know Medical Students for Life of America provides your medical group with medically accurate prolife resources for your school year? We are proud to announce free online resources for your group at our Med Students for Life website.  We know you are busy with medical school and we are here to help your group educate your peers and grow.

Under the med resources tab you will find:

  • Medically accurate flyers on issues such as Perinatal Hospice, Conscience Rights, Fetal Development.
  • Print off our Local Medical Resource Sheet for Medical students in their 3rd and 4th year so you can refer your patients to prolife physicians and resources
  • We also offer free webcast you can share with your group members on relevant issues facing med students.
  • Need help planning your school year for your Med group? Check out our calendars with event ideas and identified medical awareness months.
  • We also offer references to pro-life peer-reviewed articles in our online library to help you with research for your papers

We are here to serve you and to help you excel in your education. Please let us know if you have any other resource ideas you have for your school year. Check back often as we will be increasing the number of free resources available to you.

Fall Med Students for Life Tour Swings Through Mayo Medical School

Tomorrow, The Med Students for Life Tour will be at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. Mayo CMA & CMDA will present Dr. Bill Toffler @12:00PM CST at 2-35 Kendall Hench Hall Guggenheim Building 3rd Ave SW Rochester, MN 55905. Dr Toffler will be speaking about Physician Assisted Suicide from the doctor-patient relationship perspective. .

Dr. Toffler has been with the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health Science University since 1985 and serves as the Director of Predoctoral Education. He is the co-founder and National Director of Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation (PCCEF), a non-profit organization that promotes compassionate care for severely-ill patients without sanctioning or assisting their suicide. PCCEF physicians affirm an ethic based on the principle that all human life is inherently of value and that the physician’s roles are to heal illness, alleviate suffering, and provide comfort for the sick and dying. He is committed to defending the long-standing, medical prohibition against doing harm and has worked actively to support human life from conception to natural death. He is frequently invited to speak about these and other medical ethical issues at both regional and national conferences. Dr. Toffler has been a member of Focus on the Family Physicians Council for the past six years.

Also, please pray that Dr. Toffler will reach the hearts and minds of the many medical students he will meet. If he can change just one heart tens of thousands of lives will be saved!

So far in the tour Dr. Toffler has spoken at UC Davis, Dartmouth and University of Minnesota. Mayo will mark his 4th appearance out of five on our Fall Med Tour. If you are in the Rochester area, please join us for tomorrow’s lecture.

Tonight: National Webcast on “The Future of Medicine Under the Affordable Care Act”

Please join us for tonight’s National Webcast on “The Future of Medicine Under the Affordable Care Act” with Dr. C.L. Gray, MD at 9:00PM EST.

How will the new Affordable Care Act effect your decisions on issues of Life as a health care professional? This is a great concern for many med students as rights of conscience and medical ethics are under attack and the future of medicine is changing.  That is why we are inviting you to attend this very important webcast.

The webcast will be joined by Dr. C.L. Gray and he will discuss what you, as a med student, can expect under the new healthcare law and what to prepare for as you chart your course as a physician.  Dr. C. L. Gray is a nationally known writer, speaker, and board certified physician practicing hospital-based medicine in North Carolina. In 2006 he founded Physicians for Reform, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered healthcare. Now in its second printing, Gray’s book, The Battle for America’s Soul, resulted from a decade spent in research and analysis of the history and philosophy of medical ethics. This book presents findings that link America’s present cultural divide with the practice of Post-Hippocratic medicine.
This webcast is open to all med students and health care professionals.  So, please join me on October 30th at 9:00pm ET!

Join by phone: 206-402-0100, caller ID 402116#

Join online:   http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=34680396

Please don’t miss this exciting opportunity to gain the tools and understanding to chart your course as a pro-life medical professional.

LR-120 would require that doctors notify parents at least 48 hours in advance of the abortion

By Kyle Schmauch Community News Service UM School of Journalism October 14, 2012 4:00 pm Click here for full story.

Seventeen years after the courts struck down an early attempt to require minors to notify their parents before getting an abortion, the contentious issue is back on the ballot this fall.

Legislative Referendum 120 is almost exactly like a 1995 law struck down by a Montana court as violating the Montana Constitution — with one key change.

“The difference is that the age is lower,” Jeff Laszloffy, head of the Montana Family Foundation, said, explaining the referendum would apply only to minors under 16. The previous law applied to girls under 18.

LR-120 would require that doctors notify parents or legal guardians at least 48 hours in advance of the abortion if the patient is under 16. If the minor does not want the notification to occur, she can obtain a waiver from a youth court. Notice would not be required in the case of a medical emergency.

Under the proposal, any doctor who fails to notify the parent or receive a waiver could face six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Debate over impacts

Both proponents and opponents of the referendum say their primary concern is the health and safety of young women, but they disagree over the proposed law’s impacts.

For Laszloffy, the proposal is about ensuring parents know what is happening in their family. He said LR-120 is “primarily a parental rights issue.”

He added that far less significant decisions like getting a tattoo or body piercing require parental consent ̶ a stricter requirement than notification.

“(Abortion) is the only exception where a 13-year-old can make this type of decision,” he said. “This is what happens when political correctness trumps common sense.”

But Julianna Crowley, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Montana, stressed the proposal would put vulnerable girls in harm’s way. “It’s about privacy and it’s about abortion rights,” she said.

Planned Parenthood of Montana, which opposes the ballot initiative, estimates that 80 percent of minors already tell parents or guardians about their pregnancies.

“(A notification law) puts young women who can’t go to their parents in dangerous situations,” Crowley said. “For voters, think about teens who they know may fear a violent reaction from their parents.”

Laszloffy countered that he was also concerned about a girl who faces possible violence or abuse at home.

“If she has a dangerous home situation … this (working through a youth court) is a way she could actually end the abuse.” He also said it is dangerous for parents not to know when their child has gone through a medical procedure.

Both sides acknowledge the referendum would affect only a few Montana teens each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 43 reported abortions occurred among teens ages 15 and under in Montana in 2008 (the most recent year available).

Déjà vu?

Thirty-seven other states have some version of a parental notification law on their books, but Montana has been here before.

In 1995, Montana’s Legislature adopted a parental notification measure. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Parental Notice of Abortion Act was constitutional under the United States Constitution.

However, a state district court ruled that law unconstitutional under the equal protection and privacy clauses of the Montana Constitution.

Crowley said LR-120 would raise the same legal concerns as that case. Laszloffy acknowledged that while the PNAA was thrown out as unconstitutional, lowering the age of girls covered by the law helped address the issue.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer decided differently last year when he vetoed the same legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The governor made note of the lower age of affected minors, but declared in his veto letter: “Given the strength of the 1995 … decision rejecting as unconstitutional an almost identical parental notice law, and a subsequent decision of the Montana Supreme Court solidifying Montana’s strong privacy provisions not only generally, but specifically in the abortion context … , I have chosen to veto SB 97.”

If the voters approve the new notification language, many observers expect an immediate and perhaps protracted legal fight over the issue.

What a Great Start to our SFLA Fall Med Tour!

We are over a quarter of the way through our 2012 Fall Med Tour and already we have provided pro-life medical lectures at North Texas University, UC Davis, Texas A&M, Dartmouth, University of Minneapolis and Jefferson College.

To date, over 400 med students from across the country have heard a pro-life medical lecture in the last two weeks. We have seen hearts changed and medical students taking a new interest in caring for both mother and preborn baby as patients. We are serious about changing the dialogue on med school campuses to help bring the field of medicine to a patient centered focus, where life is affirmed and valued.  Over time these lectures will result in a dynamic shift towards life on Medical school campuses.

Special thanks to Dr. Anita Showalter, Dr. Maureen Condic, Dr. Bill Toffler and Dr. Byron Calhoun (pictured above) for being our guest lecturers. Without your willingness to travel, those 400 students would have never been reached. And thank you to our financial supporters, who have generously supported this tour so far, we are blessed to partner with you.