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26 Pro-Life Groups Unite in Nationwide Protest against Birth Control Pill

Washington, D.C. (01 June 2010) – American Life League and 26 other pro-life organizations have joined together for “Protest the Pill Day: The Pill Kills the Environment” on June 5.

At the national event launch at 11 a.m. outside of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Dr. James Joyce, M.D.; Jennifer Giroux, R.N.; and pro-life activists Marie Hahnenberg, Michael Hichborn and Katie Walker will testify to the harmful effects birth control has on our environment and our health.

The event will draw attention to the environmental and health hazards of the nation’s most commonly used contraceptive method – the birth control pill – which turns 50 years old this year.

“Scientists are discovering ‘intersex’ fish in various areas around the world,” said Hahnenberg, The Pill Kills project director. “Studies in the United States, from California to Maryland (including the Potomac River), have revealed that some male fish have been feminized by the vast quantities of synthetic estrogen in the water.”

Participating organizations say it is time to expose what the pharmaceutical industry has been hiding.

“It’s about time women were made aware that the birth control they are taking could have negative consequences on their health and on the environment,” said Judie Brown, president and cofounder of American Life League.”They deserve the truth – regardless of political pressure to conceal it.”

Jennifer Giroux, executive director of HLI-America, has been a registered nurse for 24 years. Through personal witness, pro-life activities and various political efforts, Giroux has worked to educate women about the deadly effects of contraception.

Dr. James Joyce has 21 years of experience in family medicine in Minnesota. He earned a degree from Creighton University School of Allied Health and is a Fertility Care Center medical consultant for southwest Minnesota.

Hichborn and Walker will testify to the harmful effects birth control has on our environment and our health, not to mention the potential for fatal effects on preborn children.

Protest the Pill Day cosponsors include American Life League, Human Life International, Pro-Life Wisconsin, Pharmacists for Life International, Archdiocese of Mobile Respect Life, Operation Rescue, Jill Stanek, Generation Life/Brandi Swindell, Life Education Ministry, Pro-Life Unity, Movement for a Better America, AMEN (Abortion Must End Now), Pro-Life Action of Oregon, Children of God for Life, Expectant Mother Care/Chris Slattery, Mother and Unborn Baby Care, Defenders of the Unborn, California Right to Life Education Fund, Delaware Pro-Life Coalition, Life Guard, Homeschoolers for Life, Focus Pregnancy Center, Central Texas Voices for Life, Dubuque County Right to Life, Couples for Christ Foundation for Family & Life, Central Nebraskans United for Life, and CREDO Rochester, Inc. 

American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death.  For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.


The Pill Kills