The Pill Has Prevented 400,000 Cases Of Cancer, But The GOP Wants To Ban Birth Control

According to research published Tuesday, Republicans’ war on women’s health has more dire consequences than preventing “Uncle Sugar” from “providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government,” as 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee callously said in 2014. Apparently, “Uncle Sugar” has been doing his part in keeping women healthy in more ways than by helping to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

According to a study published Tuesday on The Lancet Oncology, some contraceptives do more than help the 88 percent of women who will use birth control at some point in their lifetimes reduce the risk of bringing an unwanted child into the world — they also assist in preventing cancer. As oral contraceptives “trick” the body into thinking it is pregnant, the amount of natural estrogen circulating in the body drops, which lowers the risk of developing uterine (endometrial) cancer.

Researchers looked at data from more than 27,000 women with endometrial cancer and 115,743 women without it from 36 different studies, and what they found was astonishing: Approximately 400,000 cases of endometrial cancer have been prevented in the past 50 years thanks to oral contraceptives. More than 200,000 of these prevented cases are from the last decade alone.

For every five years of using oral contraceptives, a woman reduces her risk of contracting endometrial cancer by around 25 percent. “In high-income countries, 10 years use of oral contraceptives was estimated to reduce the absolute risk of endometrial cancer arising before age 75 years from 2·3 to 1·3 per 100 women,” researchers note, adding that “this reduction in risk persisted for more than 30 years after oral contraceptive use had ceased.”

In their arguments against the inclusion of birth control under the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have said a number of insane things about the pill and other forms of birth control. In 2012, New Hampshire state Rep. Jeanine Notter suggested that health plans should not cover birth control because it allegedly causes prostate cancer. Yes, prostate cancer. Cancer of the prostate, which women do not have.

“She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception,” aging blowhard Rush Limbaugh famously said of “slut” Sandra Fluke, who had the audacity to suggest that health insurance cover birth control for non-sexual medical reasons. “She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”

It’s obvious that Republicans are absolutely clueless about female biology, but they are even more clueless about the fact that only 42 percent of women who are “on the pill” use it exclusively for contraceptive purposes. Many women use oral contraception to alleviate menstrual pain, acne treatment, and to alleviate the suffering caused by endometriosis, a painful disorder that causes tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus to grow outside the uterus — which can cause cysts, fertility issues, and other problems.

While it is likely that, like most facts, the numerous medical benefits of contraception will be ignored, one thing’s for certain: Jesus hates “sluts,” therefore anything that can prevent a pregnancy should be denied to women — no matter what other benefits it provides. Oral contraception has saved hundreds of thousands of lives — lives that would have been lost if conservatives waging a war on America’s women had their way.

Watch an example of an “enlightened” GOP argument against women’s health care, below:


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