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April 24th, 2010

Filed under: Immigration Stories — Lissan Magazine @ 13:02

Claims Israel culling Ethiopian Jews.

A feminist movement has accused the Israeli government of adopting a racist policy towards the country’s Ethiopian Jews. Activists believe black women are deliberately being given a controversial contraceptive, to bring about a drop in the population – a claim the government denies. Thousands of Ethiopians have immigrated to Israel since the 1980s, but their Jewish heritage has been questioned, while their social status continues to suffer.

A Comment by Prentice Reid from “The Human Condition”

Depo-Provera was given to Native American women in 1987 by planned parenthood before it was approved by the FDA. In 1999 Peru was found to be forcibly sterlizing women and forcibly injecting them with Depo-Provera all with USAID’s assistance. It is routine for these organizations to give minority women the injectable contaceptives because they can be decieved into believing they are getting an immunization.

During the initial animal tests with Depo-Provera:Depo-Provera caused breast cancer tumors in dogs. Depo-Provera caused endometrial cancer in monkeys—2 of 12 monkeys tested, the first ever recorded cases of endometrial cancer in rhesus monkeys. Speaking in comparative terms regarding animal studies of carcinogenicity for drugs, a member of the FDA’s Bureau of Drugs testified at an agency Depo hearing, “…Animal data for this drug is more worrisome than any other drug we know of that is to be given to well people.

Cervical cancer was found to be increased as high as 9-fold in the first human studies recorded by the manufacturer and the National Cancer Institute by Depo www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

Testing/use of Depo was focused almost exclusively on women in developing countries and poor women in the US also they have been caught giving the Depo shot to the mentally challenged, who in some reported cases were given Depo long-term for reasons of “menstrual hygiene”, in spite of the fact that they were not sexually active. In an Atlanta/Grady Study they studied the effect of Depo for 11 years in Atlanta, mostly on black women who were receiving public assistance, but did not file any of the required follow-up reports with the FDA.

Investigators who eventually visited noted that the studies were disorganized. “They found that data collection was questionable, consent forms and protocol were absent; that those women whose consent had been obtained at all were not told of possible side effects. Women whose known medical conditions indicated that use of Depo would endanger their health were given the shot. Several of the women in the study died; some of cancer, but some for other reasons, such as suicide due to depression. Over half the 13,000 women in the study were lost to follow-up due to sloppy record keeping.” Consequently, no data from this study was usable. One in five black teenagers using birth control in the US uses Depo-Provera, a far higher rate of use than for white teenagers. One activist, Dorothy Roberts, claims this is because black teenagers are disproportionately targeted for the least safe contraceptives.

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