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Primary liver cancer, rare in developed countries, is increased 50-70% for women using the pill. #ThePillKills
Women on the pill for 5-9 years have 2x the risk of cervical cancer. 10+ years of use have 3x the risk. #ThePillKills
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From its earliest days, the development, research, and promotion of the pill were built on lies—lies which continue today. Women are irreparably harmed by those lies. Children are killed by those lies. And society hangs in the balance because America has not been told the truth. Here are the lies and the truth about the pill.

Researchers lied about the purpose of the initial studies and gave the pill to mental patients without direct consent. When human trials of the pill began in 1954, Dr. Gregory Pincus and Dr. John Rock undertook a birth control study funded by Planned Parenthood. They lied and claimed that the study was about infertility. Fifty female infertility patients volunteered for the study, but the pill was also given to 12 female and 16 male psychiatric patients without their direct consent.1

Researchers ignored the truth about side effects and didn’t investigate the cause of women’s deaths. To gain FDA approval, large-scale human clinical trials of the pill began in 1956. Dr. Pincus chose Puerto Rico for the trials because of the large pool of poor, uneducated women available to him there. Even though the local doctor in charge of the study told Pincus that the pill causes “too many side reactions to be generally acceptable,” he ignored the warning and carried on the studies without investigating side effects. Three women died during those trials and the cause of their deaths was never investigated.

The pill was approved as a contraceptive with no warning about dangerous side effects. In 1960, even though the FDA had initially questioned the pill’s long-term safety, those concerns were buried. The FDA approved the sale of the pill as a contraceptive with no warning about the side effects. It became the first FDA-approved drug to be given to healthy patients for long-term use and for social purposes. Medicine was no longer strictly a healing art. It was perverted by the use of drugs to deter, damage, and even destroy healthy female reproductive systems.

ACOG changed the scientific, long-held definition of pregnancy to sidestep the reality of pre-implantation abortions. In the early 1960s, the pill and IUD were on the market. Scientists knew that they worked all or some of the time by preventing implantation of an already-created child. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists pulled off one of the biggest and most damaging lies in the history of birth control when it arbitrarily changed the definition of pregnancy in order to sidestep the reality of contraceptives causing pre-implantation abortions. It is a basic fact of biology that, in sexual reproduction, a unique human being is created at the moment that sperm penetrates an ovum. ACOG changed the definition of pregnancy from fertilization to the time of implantation in its very first terminology bulletin in September 1965 to accommodate pre-implantation abortions caused by contraceptives. That enables proponents of the pill and other abortifacient birth control to untruthfully claim that it does not cause abortions.2

Pill manufacturer GD Searle denied pill deaths were caused by blood clots. By the 1960s, serious side effects from the pill—such as blood clots and heart attacks—began receiving publicity. The pill manufacturer, GD Searle, received reports of 132 blood clots, 11 of which were fatal.3 The manufacturer denied these deaths were caused by the pill, though there is well-documented evidence that the pill greatly increases the risk of blood clots and resultant strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, and deep vein thrombosis. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed:

  • Women with no conventional risk factors who use the pill have twice the risk of heart attack.
  • Those with high blood pressure who use the pill have five times the risk of heart attack.
  • Those who smoke and use the pill have 12 times the risk of heart attack.
  • Those with diabetes who use the pill have 16 times the risk of heart attack.
  • Those who have hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) and use the pill have 23 times the risk of heart attack.4

Lower dose pills increase the likelihood of pre-implantation abortions. Women are not warned. After the 1988 removal of the high-dose pill from the market because of its dangerous side effects, the amount of artificial estrogen was lowered in the new generation pills. This increases the chance of breakthrough ovulation and thus increases the likelihood of early abortions due to endometrial thinning. Women on the pill have light menstrual periods because the pill reduces the thickness of the endometrial lining, resulting in difficulty of implantation of the embryo, which can result in an early abortion.

The pill also results in biochemical changes such as in the levels of interleukins, which are molecules necessary for implantation.5,6

Women are told that the pill is necessary to ensure their productivity, success, and happiness. The pill is marketed as the great facilitator of sexual and economic freedom. But a growing body of peer-reviewed research indicates that, while contraceptives free men of responsibility for their actions, they set women up for relationship disasters. The physical, psychological, and emotional damage that women suffer because of the pill has devastated the institution of marriage, leading to soaring divorce rates. That means fatherless homes—the greatest predictor of poverty of America.7

Women are told contraception prevents abortions. This is untrue on many levels.

  • Contraception can cause early abortion by its action on the endometrium, making it too thin and resulting in a child being lost to early abortion.8
  • The majority of women who have procured abortions are using a contraceptive in the month they become pregnant. The Guttmacher Institute admits that 51 percent of women who had abortions had used a contraceptive method in the month they conceived.9
  • The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said in 2014 that a staggering two-thirds of women having an abortion were using a contraceptive at the time they conceived.10
  • Dr. Malcolm Potts, former medical director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, predicted in 1973.11 that as “people turn to contraception, there will be a rise, not a fall, in the abortion rate.”
  • And even Alfred Kinsey, the serial child molester who is credited with being the father of the sexual revolution, said, “At the risk of being repetitious, I would remind the group that we have found the highest frequency of induced abortion in the group which, in general, most frequently uses contraceptives.”
  • Indeed, as the chart below shows, the number of abortions in the US doubled between 1973 and 1981.

Women are told the pill prevents some cancers, and overall is a negligible factor in cancer. But the research shows dramatic increases in cancer for pill users.

  • In 2000, the National Toxicology Advisory Panel put the estrogen found in birth control pills on its list of carcinogens. There are metabolites of estrogen which directly damage DNA causing mutations and cancer.
  • The International Agency on Research of Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, listed the pill as a Group 1 carcinogen in 2005.
  • Long-term pill use increases the risk of cervical cancer. Women who use the pill for five to nine years have twice the risk of cervical cancer. Those who use it for 10 years or more have more than three times the risk of cervical cancer.
  • Since 1975, the risk of in-situ (early stage) breast cancer has increased 400 percent in premenopausal women.
  • Primary liver cancer, rare in developed countries, is increased 50 to 70 percent in women who use the pill.12
  • A 2015 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology shows that taking the combination estrogen progestin pill increases the risk of primary brain cancer (glioma) by 50 percent. Long-term use almost doubles the risk. Women on the progestin only regimen are at even higher risk of brain cancer. And though glioma accounts for 33 percent of primary brain tumors, when reported on the finding, the author used the word “rare” five times in describing the tumors.13

Women and girls are told the pill is an integral part of “safe sex,” but are not warned that they are much more likely to develop lethal infections while using the pill. Yet studies show that:

  • Women on the pill increased their risk of getting an HIV infection 60 percent when compared to women not taking the pill.
  • Women on the pill were twice as likely to transmit HIV to their partner.
  • Women on the pill were twice as likely to get infected with HPV (human papilloma virus).14,15

In an era where lies and obfuscation are used every day by media, government, and even religious institutes, only the truth will set us free. The pill kills the truth. It is time for the lies and obfuscation to end.

Join American Life League in our Pill Kills National Day of Action on June 6, 2015, by organizing an event in your community.


1 PBS Online, American Experience, “Timeline: The Pill (1951–1990),” Public Broadcasting Service,
2 American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Terms Used in Reference to the Fetus (Chicago: ACOG, September 1965).
3 PBS Online, American Experience, “Timeline: The Pill (1951–1990),” Public Broadcasting Service,
4 B.C. Tanis, et al, “Oral Contraceptives and the Risk of Myocardial Infarction,” New England Journal of Medicine (2001), 345:1787–1793.
5 John Wilks, “The Impact of the Pill,” Ethics and Medicine (2000), 16(1):15–22,
6 Angela Lanfranchi, “The Pill Kills,”
7 Robert Rector, “Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon against Child Poverty” (The Heritage Foundation, 2010),
8 William F. Colliton, Jr., “Birth Control Pill: Abortifacient and Contraceptive,” AAPLOG, accessed 3-14-15,
9 Guttmacher Institute Fact Sheet, Induced Abortion in the United States (July 2014).
10 British Pregnancy Advisory Service, “Women Trying Hard to Avoid Unwanted Pregnancy, Research Shows” (Feb. 4, 2014).
11 “The Abortion-Contraception Connection,” Pro-Life Activist’s Encyclopedia (American Life League),
12 Angela Lanfranchi, “The Pill Kills,”
13 STOPP International, “New Study: The Pill Doubles Risk of Brain Cancer” (American Life League, 2015),
14 C.C. Wang, et al, “Risk of HIV Infection in Oral Contraceptive Pill Users: A Meta Analysis,” Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (May 1, 1999), 21 (1):51–58.
15 S. Franceschi, et al, “Genital Warts and Cervical Neoplasia: An Epidemiological Study,” British Journal of Cancer (November 1983), 48:621–628.

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