In hour two of yesterday's radio show, I interviewed Ms. Vicky Thorn. If you missed it, YOU MUST download the pod cast. Vicky is the Executive Director of the National Office of Post Abortion Reconciliation and Healing and a world expert in the aftermath of abortion. She is an international speaker who is catching the attention of many on-college campuses around the country with her signature speech: The Bio Chemistry of Sex or What They Didn’t Tell You in Sex-Ed.
I invited Vicky to weigh in on the contraceptive debacle that is brewing out in Portland, Maine. Here are some excerpts:
Does it strike anyone else as ironic that we are now telling parents not to use over-the-counter cold and cough medicines for young children because of the danger of overdose, but at the same time we are prescribing hormones for middle school girls (without parental consent) when we have no idea what the threshold for overdose that results in permanent changes to the body might be?
Let us be clear -- the Pill, the Patch and the Shot are steroid hormones that are being given to young women whose bodies most likely have not reached reproductive maturity. The average age of the onset of menses is 12 1/2 years. Research indicates that many girls have irregular cycles where ovulation does not occur consistently for another two years at least. During this time, it seems that the hormone producing system in the body is getting turned on and beginning to self-regulate. Many of the hormones that the body produces are pulsatile -- that is, there is not a steady amount of the hormone in the bloodstream across time. The hormone levels are constantly changing. Sometimes there are more and sometimes there are less. By putting young girls on contraceptives, we are providing a steady source of a hormone that does not normally occur in their bodies. It will affect what is called the “feedback loop.” The body produces hormone A which triggers hormone B, which may in turn, trigger production of hormone C or turn down production of hormone A. The constant hormonal levels produced by contraceptives in the body must have an effect!
We are talking about adolescents here. The book, “The Primal Teen” by Barbara Strauch, lays out what has been discovered about teen brain development. The bottom line is that the brain in adolescence is in a state of flux, growth, pruning and regulation. The brain doesn’t actually finish the last phase of development until age 25! Are we really serving these young women well when we provide contraceptives in the guise of preventing a pregnancy in a girl who is not emotionally or physically mature and who may experience life consequences far beyond adolescence that may alter her reproductive life?
To reach Vicki Thorn, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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