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A WorldNetDaily post explains how medical studies have shown a link between birth control and increased HIV infection.  If true, then all of the contraceptive devices dumped on people and places like HIV-ravaged Africa and promoted by liberal groups like Planned Parenthood have actually been contributing to the spread of the disease, not curbing it.

Researcher: Birth-control pill boosts HIV risk

Contraception may worsen spread of life-threatening virus

Posted: May 06, 2010
12:50 am Eastern

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Contraceptive pills and the popular Depo-Provera injection may lead to a higher risk of sexually active women contracting HIV/AIDS, a researcher warns.Joan Robinson, a researcher at the Population Research Institute, or PRI, a non-profit research group that studies reproductive health programs, warns of a strong link between certain contraceptives and HIV/AIDS.

“More than 50 medical studies, to date, have investigated the association of hormonal contraceptive use and HIV/AIDS infection,” Robinson reports. “The studies show that hormonal contraceptives – the oral pill and Depo-Provera – increase almost all known risk factors for HIV, from upping a woman’s risk of infection, to increasing the replication of the HIV virus, to speeding the debilitating and deadly progression of the disease.”

Robinson contends that the connection has received almost no publicity or attention due to strong economic and ideological forces that push the pill.

She cites a number of studies, including a 2009 medical trial published in the journal AIDS that found “oral contraceptive pills and depomedroxyprogesterone acetate, DMPA [Depo-Provera], raised the risk of worsening HIV disease in Zambian women enrolled in a randomized trial of contraception methods.”

The study examined 595 HIV-positive women who were not receiving antiretroviral therapy, or ART, treatment that suppresses or stops a retrovirus such as HIV. At the trial’s beginning, HIV disease factors were similar in woman using an intrauterine device, or IUD, DMPA injections or oral contraceptive pills.

The researchers defined HIV disease progression as death or eligibility for ART. They didn’t find a significantly higher risk of death among women using oral contraceptives or DMPA than those using IUDs. However, women taking contraceptive pills had a 70 percent higher risk of becoming eligible for ART. Likewise, women taking DMPA had a 50 percent higher risk than women using IUDs.

“The International AIDS Society noted, “When the investigators looked at a combined disease progression metric of death or ART eligibility, they found about a two-thirds higher risk of progression in women taking oral contraceptive pills … than in women using IUDs.”

In another study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, researchers studied female sex workers attending a municipal STD clinic in Mombasa, Kenya. They found that “women who used [DMPA] had an increased incidence of HIV-1 infection. … There was a trend for an association between use of high-dose oral contraceptive pills and HIV-1 acquisition.”

The researchers noted that results of studies examining the association between hormonal contraception and HIV-1 acquisition have been “inconsistent,” and “no consensus exists regarding the influence of hormonal contraceptives on a woman’s risk of HIV-1 infection.” However, another study involving monkeys showed increased susceptibility to the simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV, the animal retrovirus comparable to HIV, in female subjects treated with progesterone. “Fourteen of the 18 macaques treated with progesterone became infected with SIV compared with only 1 of 10 control animals,” according to the study.Robinson suggests there is an “impressive body of scientific research demonstrating a Pill/HIV link,” and yet some dismiss the connection and cite a handful of studies and highly selective trials which claim to find “no increase in HIV risk among users of oral contraceptives and Depo-Provera.”

“The problem with many of these studies, such as Mati et al. 1995, Kapiga et al. 1998, and Sinei et al. 1996 is that they were conducted with and through ‘family planning clinics,'” she notes. “Since the chief business of these clinics is the promotion, sale and distribution of contraceptives, the possibility of bias is undeniable. Who would trust Marlboro to monitor a study on the link between cigarettes and cancer?”

Robinson contends that hormonal contraceptives increase almost all known risk factors for HIV infection.

“Studies have found that hormonal contraceptives ‘alter the microenvironment of the female’ and boost the cell count of those specific cells that HIV uses to infect and proliferate,” she wrote. “What is more, a progesterone side effect known to American women as ‘breakthrough bleeding,’ is caused when hormonal contraceptives excessively thicken the uterine lining. The large, bleeding surface of the uterus creates an ideal site for HIV infection.”

Robinson added, “Progesterone also has an immunosuppressant effect, which means that women using hormonal contraceptives have less in the way of natural defenses against HIV and other STDs.”

Three studies have also found that HIV-positive women on hormonal contraceptives are also more likely to pass HIV on to their sex partners due to increased “cervical shedding” of HIV in their bodily fluids.

“High-dose pill users were over 12 times more likely to shed the HIV virus than women not using contraception, low-dose users were almost 4 times more likely, and Depo-Provera users were 3 times more likely,” Robinson wrote.

An estimated 52 percent of unmarried women in America take a hormonal contraceptive. In the interest of lowering the birth rate, she explains, the United Nations Population Fund and the United States Agency for International Development deliver large shipments of hormonal contraceptives to Africa, Haiti and other AIDS-ravaged developing nations. She adds that international aid of hormonal contraceptives may be contributing to the spread of HIV/AIDS.

“How many lives are being lost because we continue to ship boatloads of hormonal contraceptives to a continent and to countries laboring under an HIV/AIDS pandemic?” Robinson asks. “Isn’t it time that we stopped?”


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Fox News reports that the LA County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI won’t consider the Halloween “decoration”, created by Chad Michael Morrisette of a hanging Sarah Palin, a hate crime.

Again, if this was created by a Republican with Barack Obama hanging from a noose, there would be riots; heads would roll.  I know there have been reports of “hanging Obamas”, but they’re not plastered on the news; this one is.  How can you not infer hate from a Republican presidential candidate hanging by a noose?  She was intentionally selected because of what she represents through her beliefs and her affiliations.  I believe that, if he thought he could get away with it, Morrisette probably would put her whole family up there with her.  I guess there would have been “more of an uproar” if there were hanging children, like a hanging Obama.  It wouldn’t surprise me if a Cindy McCain effigy isn’t around his house, somewhere.

So it’s OK to show, not only grievous disrespect, but a strangling death to a specific person just “because it is Halloween”?  This is “all in fun”?  “Art”?  People have slapped toilets on a wall and called them “art”; I call it a toilet stuck to the wall by some idiot who’s diluted into thinking he’s “creative”.  The millstone has gotten bigger, and this world is sinking even faster than before.

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:”  — Matthew 15:18-19

Effigy of Palin Hanging by Noose Is Distasteful, but Not a Hate Crime, Feds Say

Los Angeles sheriffs say they don’t believe a mannequin Sarah Palin look-alike rises to the level of a hate crime because it was part of a Halloween display — but furious residents disagree.

By Catherine Donaldson-Evans
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Despite cries from some community residents for a hate-crime probe, the FBI and local police say they will not investigate an effigy of Sarah Palin hanging from a noose in West Hollywood, Calif., because it’s part of a Halloween display.

“It’s clearly distasteful, but it doesn’t appear to be a violation of federal civil rights statutes,” Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman with the FBI in Los Angeles, told FOXNews.com in an e-mail. “Currently, we do not have an investigation open.”

The U.S. Secret Service didn’t immediately return a call for comment about whether it is looking into the matter. Los Angeles sheriffs said they are not treating the exhibit as an act of discrimination.

“I’m not defending this; I’m not criticizing it. It doesn’t rise to the level of hate crime,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told The Los Angeles Times. “Now, if there was a crime against bad taste …”

Whitmore said he visited the house where the effigy is displayed on Tuesday morning to get a look at it — a mannequin wearing “Palin-style” glasses, a brown beehive wig and a red coat, dangling by a thick white rope coiled around its neck.

Sheriffs have gotten between five and 10 angry phone calls from residents who say they’re offended by the Halloween lawn exhibit, Sgt. Kristin Aloma of the L.A. Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood unit told the Times.

Authorities are keeping an eye on the neighborhood and the house, she added.

The mayor of West Hollywood, meanwhile, wants the mannequin taken down.

“While these residents have the legal right to display Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin in effigy, I strongly oppose political speech that references violence — real or perceived,” Mayor Jeffrey Prang said in a prepared statement.

“I urge these residents to take down their display and find more constructive ways to express their opinion.”

In addition to including more typical Halloween paraphernalia like skeletons and spider webs, the display also has a John McCain figure in a chimney with fake flames around him, according to the Times.

Chad Michael Morrisette, who lives in the house, said the exhibit has become something of a tourist attraction, with visitors stopping frequently to take photos.

Morrisette acknowledged that if the display were of Barack Obama, instead of Palin, there might have been more of an uproar.

“The image of a hanged black man is a lot more intense than the image of a hanged white woman, for our country and the history of our country,” Morisette told KCBS-TV.

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Fox News is covering a story of a California homeowner, Chad Michael Morisette, who is displaying a Halloween “decoration” of John McCain coming out of a fiery chimney and Sarah Palin being hanged below him.  The owner claims that the “decoration” “should be seen as art”; however, the last time I checked any definition of art, beauty is almost always implied.  There is absolutely nothing beautiful about this abomination.

What in the world would be said if it was Barack Obama hanging from the chimney?

I found this comment about the article from Fox’s site quite amusing:
by palinprincess Ohio
“This is absolutely appalling and makes me sick to my stomach to think how disrespectful and hateful people can be! I agree that if this had been Obama hanging from the house we would have a completely different reaction. I think for my idea of Halloween fun I’m going to wear and Obama mask and go around and take candy from the kids whose bags are full and “redistribute” it to the kids who didn’t even bother to go trick or treating! That’s fair right?”

“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.” — Luke 6:22

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ghosts, goblins, gargoyles . . . and Sarah Palin hanging by a noose?

That’s the latest imagery of the Republican vice presidential candidate and her running mate John McCain on display at a West Hollywood home that has been decorated for Halloween.

The outdoor decor features a mannequin dressed as Palin, wearing a red business suit, eyeglasses and brunette beehive wig, hanging by a noose off the chimney. Right above her, a devilish John McCain emerges from the chimney with paper flames surrounding him.

Some neighbors say it’s just wrong to depict a vice presidential candidate that way.

Chad Michael Morisette, who lives in the house, told CBS 2 News that the effigy would be out of bounds at any other time of year, but it’s within the spirit of Halloween.

“It should be seen as art, and as within the month of October. It’s Halloween, it’s time to be scary, it’s time to be spooky,” Morisette said.

Several locals and tour buses have swung by the house to snap photos of the scene, and some gawkers say it is humorous. Morisette acknowledged to FOX 11 news that had he depicted Barack Obama in the same scene, it would not have gone over as well, because the history of a hanged black man in America is a lot more intense than a hanged white woman.

FOX 11 reported that the scene may also have been a response to a false rumor that recently circulated in the area that drag queens were to be banned from dressing up as Palin for the annual West Hollywood Halloween carnival costume party on Santa Monica Boulevard. The drag race and pageant were held Sunday evening, and no costume was forbidden.

Click here to see the video on MyFOXLa.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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