Wednesday, January 27, 2010

PPFA training young Ecuadorian teens to inject peers with dangerous Depo Provera

STOPP which closely monitors Planned Parenthood reports as follows

Planned Parenthood has carried its peer-to-peer program to a shocking extreme. Global Health featured a story about 15 year old Juan who has been trained by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and CEMOPLAF to give dangerous Depo Provera birth control injections to children as young as 11 years of age.

Depo Provera is known to decrease bone density, a side effect which could spell tragedy for the young children being injected with the drug. The manufacturer, Pfizer, began warning of this danger in 2004, and cautioned against using the drug on a long-term basis.

In exchange for doing the bidding of PP, Juan and his peers receive a weekly free meal and job training.

PPFA spent 18 months in the communities trying to gain the trust of the Ecuadorian people so they could begin injecting the teen population. 90 percent of those they inject are first time contraceptive users.

“[F]or a first time user, it’s less invasive than other methods,” the article says. Add to that the confidentiality (no pill pack lying around) [so parents don’t know], the accessibility (outside clinic walls), and the convenience (a promoter comes every 12 weeks).”

The story caused such an uproar that it has been pulled from the Global Health website.