Cosmo.PH’s Disregard for the Health of Filipino Women

Source: Alamy

Source: Alamy

In response to the recent Internet buzz over Fallan Kurek’s death by contraceptive, Stephanie Shi, writing for Cosmopolitan Philippines, goes into damage-control mode and attempts to reassure readers that the risk of taking contraceptive pills is negligible:

Further examinations are yet to be done, but it’s imperative we clear things up about the contraceptive pill.

She quotes the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) statement (from Deputy Director Sarah Branch, original source here) that “Women should continue to take their contraceptive pill,” risks notwithstanding.

In the article, Shi also quotes from overpopulation mouthpiece John Guillebaud. The quote is typical of people who think nothing of sacrificing women’s health to promote a depopulation agenda.

The Cosmo.ph article conveniently sidetracks the same agency’s announcement last year, sent to 60,000 general practitioners in the United Kingdom, to warn a million women who were contraceptive users. Note that such concern for the public, especially the poor, doesn’t necessarily happen in third world countries such as ours. Thus, women in poverty remain vulnerable to opportunistic agenda-driven agencies and left to figure out for themselves what’s safe and what isn’t.

In the case of Fallan, there was no suggestion that she was predisposed to a dangerous blood clot.

Are Philippine agencies even checking for predispositions prior to distribution of non-certified contraceptives?

While the stats say 5-12 out of 10,000, that’s still 500-1,200 women out of a million. That’s still 1,200 too many women being risked for the sake of depopulating the Philippines. What if it was your daughter, sister, or mother? Unfortunately when the elites have put themselves on a level of importance higher than those who in their opinion should not reproduce, then safety for those who are most vulnerable doesn’t appear high on the priority list.

Considering that the third world is a convenient dumping ground for rejected contraceptives from the first world, Shi and Cosmopolitan could show some needed compassion for women, especially the poor who become easy targets for “Reproductive Health” programs but it looks like we expect a little too much.


More information here:

World Health Organization Monograph on Combined estrogen–progestogen pills :
http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol100A/mono100A-19.pdf

Blood clots, stroke and other dangerous side effects associated with the use of Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills are driving more than 10,000 U.S. patients to file lawsuits against Bayer Pharmaceuticals:
http://www.drugwatch.com/yaz/lawsuit.php

France to ban Bayer’s contraceptive drug Diane 35 after deaths:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/acne-drug-linked-to-four-deaths-france/story-e6frg6n6-1226565889556

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