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December 14, 2017

                         
Study Links Contraception and Risk of Breast Cancer 
 
A new comprehensive study has revealed that long-term use of oral contraceptives is associated with a significant increase in breast cancer.
The report was published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
 
The study group was huge, involving approximately 1.8 million Danish women between the age of 15 and 49.  The study found a roughly 20 percent increased risk of breast cancer among women who use some type of hormonal contraception.
 
The report says that the breast cancer risk increases by 9 percent if a woman takes contraceptives for a year, and up to 38 percent for women who are on the pill for 10 years or more.
 
"This is an important study because we had no idea how the modern day pills compared to the old-fashioned pills in terms of breast cancer risk," says Dr. Marisa Weiss, an oncologist who founded the website breastcancer.org
 
"Gynecologists have just assumed that a lower dose of hormone meant a lower risk of cancer, but the same elevated risk is there," Dr. Weiss observed.  She says that any hormone combination strong enough to disrupt ovulation and interfere with normal menstrual cycles is enough to raise the risk of cancer.
 
This is far from the first research indicating that extended use of oral contraceptives exposes women to a higher risk of breast cancer.
 
A study released in 2014 by the American Association for Cancer Research found that the recent use of oral contraceptives increased the risk of breast cancer by 50% compared to women who had never taken the pill or were no longer on it.
 
Yet breast cancer is not the only health risk for women linked to contraceptive use. A South Korean study released last year showed that women who had been on the pill for even six months had an increased risk of diabetes.
 
A 2015 study printed in the British Journal of Medicine revealed that women who use contemporary contraceptives have a 50 percent greater chance of developing blood clots.
 
Guidelines issued by the American Heart Association in 2014 warned that women who use hormonal contraceptives have an increased risk of hypertension and double their risk of having a stroke.
 
A study released in 2013 by the American Academy of Neurology determined that women who use the contraceptive pill were 35 percent more likely to develop multiple sclerosis.  
 
Another study released in 2016 by the University of Copenhagen found that women who used hormonal contraceptives were 40 percent more likely to develop depression within six months.      
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Justice Department
Launches Probe of  
Planned Parenthood

The U. S. Department of Justice has announced that they are launching a formal investigation into the business practices of Planned Parenthood and its affiliates across the country.  The focus of the probe will be substantial allegations that the organization and its partners have been engaged in the trafficking of the harvested body parts of aborted unborn children.
 
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd has requested documents obtained by the Senate Judiciary Committee during their examination last year of the Planned Parenthood baby body parts racket.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley had forwarded the conclusions of their investigation to the Justice Department for further investigation and possible prosecution.
 
The scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood's disposal of fetal tissue erupted in 2015 as a result of a continuing series of undercover videos released by a group called The Center for Medical Progress.  The videos revealed Planned Parenthood employees and contractors marketing the sale of the vital organs and fetal tissue from the remains of preborn children who had been aborted.   
 
The videos highlighted how abortionists for Planned Parenthood were conducting late-term abortions in a fashion which would leave intact major organs in order to gain maximum profit from the sale of these "specimens."  The videos were particularly repulsive in exposing the cruel and callous nature in which employees joked about their activities in bartering these baby body parts.
 
In the very first video, the senior medical director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America bragged about how they had become "very good" at "crushing" the unborn child in a manner that would leave the heart, lung, liver and brains undamaged.  In a different video, another medical official at Planned Parenthood haggled over the price to be paid for fetal organs and tissue, saying that she "wanted a Lamborghini someday."    
 
The final report issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee in December of last year concluded that three companies (StemExpress, Advanced Bioscience Resources, and Novogenix Laboratories) had paid Planned Parenthood affiliates to obtain "aborted fetuses," and had subsequently sold the fetal tissue "at substantially higher prices than their documented costs."
 
The report's executive summary stated that companies charged thousands of dollars for specimens recovered from a single aborted fetus.  The report furthermore stated that the companies claimed the fees only recovered acceptable costs "when they had not conducted any analysis of their costs when setting the fees."
The U.S. Congress passed legislation in 1993 which made it illegal for any person "to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration..."  The unlawful sale or purchase of fetal tissue is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000.

Senator Grassley's committee determined that the federal government had failed to enforce the law's safeguards since the passage of the fetal tissue trafficking legislation.  The committee learned that the Department of Health and Human Services had failed to conduct a single audit of fetal tissue exchanges involved in federally funded research, as required by the law.

Lila Rose, President of the pro-life group Live Action, said attention by the U.S. Justice Department is long overdue.  "It has been almost a year since two congressional investigations revealed substantial evidence suggesting Planned Parenthood profited from selling the body parts of aborted children."

"Despite that evidence and the fact that Planned Parenthood's own lawyers admitted they could not legally justify the money they charged for the body parts, politics won over principle, and the Obama Administration buried any criminal investigation," Rose said in a statement. 

"Now justice may finally be done," Rose added.  "Planned Parenthood's barbaric trading of baby body parts is one America's greatest national shames, only outdone by our law's permissiveness of the slaughter of those children in the first place."

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, says that the Justice Department action should give additional impetus to congressional efforts to eliminate federal taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.  "It is beyond comprehension that the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood continues.  Congress should refuse to give another cent of its over $400 million in annual federal funding to this leader of the abortion industry."

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