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Friday, February 16, 2007

Demand Truth in Advertising

I've gotten fed up with the idea that "choice" requires that women be denied full disclosure about medical procedures, medications, how they work, and what their risks are.

The condom, widely promoted as a deterrent to sexually transmitted diseases, does not prevent the most prevalent STD, Human Papilloma Virus. It also does not prevent Herpes, and the pores in latex are approximately 1000 times larger than the AIDS virus. Condoms continue to be promoted for the prevention of STDs and AIDS without this disclaimer.

The IUD and IUC are known only to prevent implantation, not conception, yet both are listed in medical literature as contraceptives. Women who do not choose abortion are being tricked into inducing abortion with these abortifacients.

Progesterone only contraceptives, known to work almost exclusively by preventing implantation and not conception, are marketed as contraceptives. Women who do not choose abortion are being tricked into inducing abortion with these abortifacients.

"The Pill," or the traditional two hormone birth control pill, is known to have a dual action of contraception and an abortifacient "backup" action; yet this information is not listed on packaging or package inserts. Women who do not choose abortion are being tricked into inducing abortion with these abortifacients.

Abortion is marketed as the destruction of "tissue" but mothers are routinely left ignorant about the state of development of this "tissue" before making the choice to destroy it. Abortion practitioners and promoters are fighting to make it illegal to obtain this information by ultrasound.

It is time for us to DEMAND the truth. They tell us that we have choices, but we deserve the right to make informed choices. We have a right to demand that providers of birth control and sex-industry medical chemicals and procedures be legally required to tell us the truth.

Women's liberation has supposedly made us equal to men; so why are we still being exploited for the profit of medical companies and practitioners by being denied access to full and accurate information about our own health care?

Get the word out. Spread it far and wide. Tell your representatives and senators. We have the right to know the truth.

Please distribute this appeal to everyone you know. They deserve to know the truth.