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Plan B Linked to Greater Risk of Heart Disease

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Jeanne Monahan, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, says there have been a number of media outlets reporting on a link between the morning after pill and an increase in the number of young girls who are developing heart disease. Monahan cites one example from a story appearing out of India which links the use of morning after pills to an increased incidence of a vascular disease known as deep vein thrombosis in young girls. “A vascular disease called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is on the rise and doctors say it has a lot to do with the increase in sales of over-the-counter contraceptive pills,” the article states. “Any amount of estrogen that is not required by the female body is harmful for her. The pills tend to increase the hormone level, resulting in pain and swelling caused by blood clot formation in the veins,” explained Nutan Agrawal, professor of gynecology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). “The reason that the problem of DVT and contraceptives is serious is that we are seeing a lot of young girls in their 20s coming up with cases of the disease,” points out Parakh, who said he gets over 15 cases of DVT in a month. Agrawal cautioned on how over-the-counter contraceptive drugs have dominated birth control measures for the teen population: “Because of the availability of drugs with retailers, these contraceptives have become the quick fix to abortions in a very short span of time. There is certainly a need for awareness among young girls about sexual health.” As Monahan points out, Teva Pharmaceuticals recently began the FDA process to make Plan B available over-the-counter for girls of any age. Currently, over-the-counter sales are restricted to those age 17 and older. "Especially with this new information about the link between Plan B and heart disease, I can’t help but wonder if once again young women’s health is being sacrificed on the altar of a liberal, pro-abortion agenda." © All Rights Reserved, Living His Life Abundantly®/Women of Grace®