Depo Provera Side Effects examined at Congressional Briefing with Rebecca
Project for Human Rights, Congressman William Lacy Clay and Other Human Rights
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2013
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Congressman William
Lacy Clay, Jr. (MO), Member of the U.S. Congress and Congressional Black
Caucuswill hold a Congressional briefing examining Pfizer and health
providers targeting women of color to be primary consumers of the carcinogenic
contraceptive drug Depo Provera,by concealing of FDA Black Box Warnings and
minimizing life-threatening and debilitating side effects. This Depo Provera
briefing, in collaboration with the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, is to
educate and inform women about lethal side effects of the Depo Provera shot.
It will be held at the US Capitol Hill Campus on September 20, 2013 at 3:30PM
during the CBC conference week at the Capitol Visitors Center Auditorium.
Imani Walker, Executive Director of the Rebecca Project stated, "our
nonpartisan anti-Depo Provera advocacy is about protecting Black women's
reproductive health and protecting low-income communities, because Black women
experience significant health disparities." According to the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC), the leading causes of death for Black women are: heart
disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS stroke, and diabetes. Furthermore, medical research
indicates the use of Depo Provera can cause or exacerbate all those diseases.
Therefore, it is imperative that women are counseled and provided informed
consent about harm.
In June 2013, Rebecca Project for Human Rights published a policy report:
Depo-Provera: Deadly Reproductive Violence. Kwame Fosu, Policy Director for
the Rebecca Project for Human Rights explains, "this is a definitive report
that details incidents of misconduct by Pfizer major health providers."In
addition, the Rebecca Project analysis also examines reported concerns of Depo
Provera research in Ghana.
Pastor Lennox Abrigo, who is President, National Action Network DC Chapter,
and President of the Civil & Human Rights Depo Provera Coalition said, "this
Depo Provera briefing is going to be a respectful, thoughtful discussion about
the dignity and health of Black women, and women of color, in the United
States and globally. Our community's harm and voices have to be heard by our
elected leaders, Pfizer, Planned Parenthood and all Public Health institutions
that continue to promote this dangerous drug without Black Box warnings."
Other health and women's rights leaders participating at the Congressional
briefing are: Dr. Charlotte Charity Abaka, former Chairperson of Committee on
the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); Grace Akallo,
Executive Director, United Africans for Women and Children Rights; Rev. Brook
Parker Bello, Executive Director, Above the Noise; Dr. Joel Brind, Professor
of Biology and Endocrinology, CUNY; Ms. Lisa Davis, Chairperson of Black is
Back Coalition Healthcare Working Group; Reverend Marcia Dyson, The Dyson
Report; Kwame Fosu, Policy Director, Rebecca Project for Human Rights; Dr.
Steve Minkin, Public Health HIV AIDS Expert; Elize Lotter, a South Africa
Human Rights Advocate permanently harmed by Depo Provera; Jesse Morrow, Social
Reform Director, Church of Scientology, National Affairs Office; Professor
Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law Professor; Reverend Marvin Owens, Jr., Senior
Pastor of Michigan Park; Elaine Riddick, Women's Rights Activist, forcibly
sterilized in 1968 at age 13 and fought back to help secure a $10 million
settlement for victims; Minister Dr. Randy Short, Social Justice Minister and
National Spokesperson and President of the Clergy Coalition; and Imani Walker,
Executive Director, Rebecca Project for Human Rights.
For more information about Depo Provera, please contact Kwame Fosu or Imani
Walker at 202-406-0911 or 202-265-3906, or go to the Rebecca Project website
SOURCE Rebecca Project for Human Rights
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