We have written several posts about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and their work to promote global vaccination and to track those of us who promote vaccine safety. A "friend of ours" sent us this article from The National Catholic Register about pushback the Foundation is receiving RE injectible birth control. The parallels to promoting vaccination are interesting. (Our intention is not to start a conversation or comment thread about birth control per se- that's personal choice for our readers including this writer.)
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WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of impoverished women and girls in both the U.S. and Africa are not being told about dangerous side effects associated with a contraceptive injection that is heavily promoted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), USAID, Planned Parenthood and a collection of “racist” family-planning groups, a human-rights report alleges.
The scathing report from the Washington-based Rebecca Project for Human Rights, a group that advocates for vulnerable women and girls in the U.S. and Africa, accuses the Gates Foundation of colluding with family-planning organizations to deliberately conceal known risks of the injectable hormonal contraceptive, Depo-Provera, manufactured by the Pfizer pharmaceutical company, to promote a “population-control ideology.”
Melinda Gates, the wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates and a Catholic, made pharmaceutical birth control her “signature issue” and launched a Family Planning Summit in London in July 2012, securing $4 billion from her foundation, from tax-funded government aid agencies around the world including USAID and from a number of NGOs, to encourage 120 million additional women globally to use contraceptive drugs.
The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch predicted her initiative would garner Pfizer additional annual profits of between $15 billion and $26 billion through increased developing-world sales of Depo-Provera.
Kwame Fosu, the Rebecca Project’s human-rights lawyer, who wrote the report on Depo-Provera published in June, said it “tells the story of an egregious and smoldering human tragedy driven by profit at any cost and a ‘population control’ ideological agenda.” The report names a collection of prominent family-planning funders, including the Gates Foundation, USAID, the Population Council, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and Planned Parenthood, which it claims are “beneficiaries of the Depo-Provera policy/profit system.”
Black Box Warning
In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration attached a “Black Box warning,” its highest-level caution about possible adverse effects, to Depo-Provera. The FDA mandates that patients be counseled by a health professional before they receive the drug and informed of its risk of significant and irreversible bone loss.
Other documented side effects include stroke, blood clots in lungs, limbs and eyes, loss of fertility or delayed fertility after stopping the drug, ectopic pregnancy and weight gain. The FDA also advises that the drug should not be used longer than two years.
Subsequent research by Renee Heffron, funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes for Health, published in The Lancet last year, found that injectable hormone-based contraceptives, including Depo-Provera, increase the risk of acquiring and transmitting the HIV-1 AIDS virus.
Another study, published in Cancer Research in 2012, found that Depo-Provera doubled the risk of aggressive breast cancer in women who took the drug for a year or longer.
The Rebecca Project alleges that the Gates Foundation tried to discredit research the foundation had funded itself and manipulated regulatory authorities at the World Health Organization (WHO) to circumvent the findings — and the FDA warnings — in its campaign to promote contraceptive injections abroad. Read the full article HERE.