NEW YORK CITY, October 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – “You spent the night in Brooklyn, but you left your birth control in Staten Island. Maybe the IUD is right for you.” So goes New York State's latest campaign promoting a dangerous contraceptive/abortifacient for young women.
The promotional campaign, dubbed by the NY Department of Health “Maybe the IUD,” is funded by taxes and comes from the department's partnership with the City University of New York.
Posters pushing the IUD are all over New York subways, bus shelters, social media, and elsewhere, with a dedicated website assuming that “every woman” should use contraceptives.
The state's “Maybe The IUD” promotional campaign is one part of a five-year plan to promote “sexual and reproductive justice.”
Michael R. Long, state chairman of the Conservative Party, commented to LifeSiteNews, “With all the serious health issues facing the city of New York, wouldn't the Department of Health better serve women by encouraging them to abstain from sexual activity?”
Long criticized the tax-funded IUD promotional campaign, adding, “This program 'Maybe the IUD' does nothing more than promote promiscuity and that sends the wrong signal to all women. “
In the past, the state Department of Health created and issued a mobile app called “Find Condoms NYC,” which scans their list of 3,000 sites that distribute free condoms and uses a smartphone's GPS to list and map the five closest spots.
An IUD is a T-shaped device wrapped in copper, which is toxic to sperm, or containing birth control chemicals. The chemical IUD is billed as a contraceptive, but it actually most often works as an abortifacient, changing the uterine wall so as to prevent implantation of an already conceived human. The Mirena hormonal IUD's instructions admit, “Mirena may stop the release of your egg from your ovary, but this is not the way it works in most cases.”
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Side-effects of IUD use include Pelvic Inflammatory Disease – a bacterial infection that may cause infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and constant pelvic pain. In serious cases, a hysterectomy is needed. Other side-effects of IUDs include ovarian cysts, life-threatening sepsis, the IUD attaching to the uterine wall, and/or the IUD perforating the uterus –causing scarring, infection, and damage to other organs.
Another complication of IUD use is the fact that fully ten percent of users find their IUD “expelled,” or pushed out of their uterus.
Hormonal IUDs have their own serious risks, including irregular bleeding, vaginal dryness, flushing, migraines, hair loss, nausea and acne, weight change, hirsutism (male pattern hair growth), mood changes, skin discoloration and breast tenderness, back pain, arthritic-type pain in the legs and joints, fatigue, depression, panic attacks, chest pain, and vaginal odor.
A risk unique to the copper IUDs is that excess copper causes bone/joint and connective tissue disturbances, cardiovascular degeneration, accelerated aging, depigmentation and dermatitis, anemia and neurological impairment. Too much copper produces free radicals, which lead to cell death. Other side-effects include anemia, increased cramps, pain during intercourse, extended PMS, weight gain, acne, and breast tenderness.
The FDA lists long-term health dangers associated with an IUD named Essure, which include ectopic pregnancies, unintended pregnancies resulting in severe complications and miscarriages, pelvic complications, pain, migration of the metal inserts through the fallopian tubes into the abdomen, and many others.