Merck Pharmaceuticals is facing over 700 lawsuits over its Nuva Ring birth control device (pictured right) according to Life Site News.
The product, a small plastic ring inserted vaginally for three weeks a month, releases a constant stream of fertility-depressing hormones into a woman’s body. But it carries some seriously scary side-effects that Merck did not disclose to the public. According to AboutLawsuits.com:
The complaints all involve similar allegations that women suffered blood clots as a result of NuvaRing side effects, leading to injuries like a stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or sudden death. The claims argue that the drug makers failed to adequately research the birth control ring or warn about the potential increased risk of these serious problems. (Emphasis added.)
The 730 lawsuits are now waiting on the results of bellwether trials where a sampling of the overwhelming number of cases will be evaluated to determine the strength of the case as a whole. And these cases are just the ones from the US.
This story breaks at a time when Merck is coming under fire for its promotion of the Nuva Ring overseas without making any mention of the known risks of the product.
In fact, Merck has been documented by Estonian media throwing what amounts to lavish cocktail parties for doctors to encourage prescribing the Nuva Ring which they bill as “educational seminars.” When an undercover reporter approached a Merck representative at one such party and asked for an interview about the situation, she was told to “go to hell.”
If this story isn’t enough to make you think that tinkering with a woman’s fertility through chemicals isn’t a great idea, you should know that this story is hardly an isolated incident. Recent headlines have included hormonal birth control methods having mass failings, causing increased risk of cancer, and even death. And that’s just in the last few months!
Not only that, but a study from Spain earlier this year confirmed once again that increased use of contraception does not reduce abortion rates, but in fact drives them up.
Contraceptive manufacturers have one motive driving their actions: Profit. It’s not about health, it’s not about sexual freedom and it’s not about women’s rights. It’s about making a buck off the lie of consequence-free sex our culture has bought into hook, line and sinker. All the pills and intra-uterine devices in the world won’t change the fact that there’s no such thing.