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“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter. . . . It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust. . . . It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Cen-sored.” —Dahr Jamail
“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
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“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
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18. THE LITTLE-KNOWN CONTINUING TRAGEDY OF THE IUD

Modern widespread use of the intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception began in the early 1960s.

In 1974, the Dalkon Shield, a crab-shaped IUD, was removed from the domestic market after being linked to the deaths of 17 women in the U.S. The limited press coverage given the dangerous Dalkon Shield IUD at the time led to it being nominated as one of the top 25 “censored stories” of 1976.

In February 1984, a Minneapolis judge described the Dalkon Shield as “an instrument of death, mutilation and disease” and approved a settlement of $4.2 million to seven women. By December, 1984, A.H. Robins, manufacturer of the IUD, had paid nearly $245 million to settle 7,000 cases; about 3,000 cases were still pending.

Judge Lord Miles also accused A.H. Robins of deliberately covering up the health risks to women using the device.

Fortunately, because of a $4 million mea culpa TV and print ad campaign sponsored by Robins and the publicity surrounding the cases, millions of women now know about the dangers of the Dalkon Shield.

But, what most women do not know today are the serious hazards presented by all types of IUDs still in use and being sold.

And there are an estimated 2.3 million women in the U.S. and more than 60 million women worldwide who use intrauterine birth-control devices today.

Many new medical studies suggest that all IUDs foster growth of bacteria in the womb, which can lead to infertility and sometimes to life-threatening infection. Sixteen medical studies from five different countries — the U.S., England, Sweden, Thailand and Mexico — confirm that IUD users are more likely to suffer pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) than women who do not use an IUD.

One of the gravest dangers of PID is infertility. In several Swedish studies, 20% of women who experienced one episode of PID became sterile; among women who had three or more occurrences, 60% became sterile. The risk of PID-related infertility has been confirmed by studies in Taiwan and Britain.

Because of IUD users’ increased risk of pelvic infection and infertility, many doctors are now urging women who plan to have children not to use an IUD. Dr. Lillian Yin, chief of the Food and Drug Administration branch in charge of insuring the protection of women who use IUD’s, warned that “women should use an IUD only if they have had all the children they want.” It is a warning that the mass media should provide to the millions of women still buying and using IUDs in the U.S. and abroad.

SOURCE:

WORKING MOTHER, July 1984, “The Contraceptive That May Make You Sterile,” by Diana Hembree and Angus Mackenzie.

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