Largest U.S. Charities for 2016, with private donations received — #37. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, $354 million.
I’m writing about this paid forced paid leave (suspension, administrative leave) leading up to my termination within the last hours of Monday because speaking up about injustice is a core belief. Plus, the loss of a job, one of the big TEN life altering and trauma inducing events, ties into who I am in my life, and for god’s sake, this is my livelihood, and my reputation is on the line, and my word is being maligned, and my caseload of youth in crisis is now being given the short shrift from a very big Portland non-profit. This is also a case of the non-profits in social services here or anywhere that have a super high turnover rate, pay rates that are obscene, worker respect that’s non-existent, and a general feeling that clients are the money trough, and the more on our caseloads, the merrier.
See Part 1 here: Why I Was Put on Administrative Leave Toward a Termination
See Part 1 here: Why I Was Put on Administrative Leave Toward a Termination
Maybe places that are unionized have a better chance of negating these negatives, or negotiating with the bosses to create sane wages. For the non-profit I currently work for and the previous one, both are in the midst of discontent brewing from within, which always leads to organizing twitches (as in a union).
I also write this piece because mine is a tale of many perspectives, or as the psychologist I am seeing because of the anxiety this administrative leave, says, “we all use filters and have confirmation biases.” It’s a tale of three cities, many cities, really, tied to a huge national birth control and abortion services company, Planned Parenthood, and even a larger player in Big Pharma and its attendant actors. The creators and distributors of Gardasil are directly tied to my sacking from, get this, pennyante wage slaving job as a social worker. Imagine, Merck and Planned Parenthood, both having their hands on my future.
The charge? I dared to voice some concerns (anonymous) that already have been voiced about this vaccine for 10 years on so many platforms, including by medical authorities, international science panels, and the individuals who are suffering disabilities directly associated with the vaccine.
Questioning a Vaccine in an Anonymous Forum Comes Back to Bite Me
I learned yesterday (Oct. 23) that Planned Parenthood told my HR Director that I questioned vaccines – a much different question along those lines was scrawled on the paper PP gave us all to write down issues we wanted addressed, as the trainers emphasized throughout the seven hours. Told “anything you write and put in a box is anonymous.” Comments that were wholeheartedly solicited by the trainers.
Imagine that, I didn’t even get to ask the question in the class – “Why is Planned Parenthood so hooked into the corporate and Western Medicine line about Gardasil being safe when there are countless stories of harm done to young girls by this vaccine – just look them up on the web?” I gave the trainers the benefit of the doubt and expected my anonymous critique of Planned Parenthood to be taken with an adult attitude, with an open mind and with some sense of the issues of the day – not everyone believes one hundred percent of the time the efficacy of Big Pharma’s products. Imagine that!
Instead, I was called on the carpet for my behavior (based on anonymous comments) and now I’m on the ropes because Planned Parenthood has contacted my employer saying I am incorrigible, with all three trainers colluding to say that I am not capable of “giving evidence based birth control information to his clients using the Planned Parenthood curriculum” 16 to 21 year olds!
This is what I found out in my half hour visit with a driveling HR person for L—W, a woman clearly not in the game to help an employee or ally his fears of retaliation, but rather “in it” – this investigation of my behavior — to validate an outside agency’s spurious charges against me. “You don’t go up against Planned Parenthood” is the message, and if you are being trained by them, and even if you are as level headed as anyone in the training, if one iota of doubt leaves the mind of anyone, in my case written down on unsigned notes, supposedly protected space with no fears of reprisal (that’s what the trainers repeated several times), you will be subject to not only censoring, but termination.
This was all carried out through the sacred safe space of a learning environment, in the terminology of social workers, “safe space where what’s said and expressed there stays there.”
Tale of the City Called Unfettered Out-of-Control Capitalism
The next tale of this city is, of course, the concept of Capitalism and the horrors of that abusive system exponentially increased in a non-profit that is not organized (no union) which is run as an outfit supposedly on the premise of helping people. It’s my word against the behemoth’s, secretive Planned Parenthood of America’s, or in my case: the secretive Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and another branch, the Oregon one, the secretive Planned Parenthood of Columbia Willamette. How is it that my job is on the line because of three trainers colluding to make up a story of my supposed intransigence at a training?
I am being sacked because of the technicality that I did not complete a two-day training because the company, the secretive Planned Parenthood, dis-invited me from Day Two.
I am being sacked because of the technicality that I did not complete a two-day training because the company, the secretive Planned Parenthood, dis-invited me from Day Two.
I am being sacked because of the technicality that I did not complete a two-day training because the company, the secretive Planned Parenthood, dis-invited me from Day Two.I am being sacked because of the technicality that I did not complete a two-day training because the company, the secretive Planned Parenthood, dis-invited me from Day Two. So, without the day two completed, my place of employment, L—W, states that I am both out of compliance and also suspect because the trainers for Planned Parenthood told her that I am unable to deliver birth control, family planning, STI and contraceptive advice complying with the secretive Planned Parenthood curricula.
There is no evidence I am incapable of informing youth of birth control options and how to deal with Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases. Obviously, there is no evidence, and to predict I am incapable of — as a double master’s degree holding experienced (34 years) college, university, alternative school, K12 teacher — giving legitimate birth control and family planning information to clients; this is not only absurd but Orwellian and defamatory.
We Know – There is No Free Speech at Work, or Even in a Planned Parenthood Training
This tale of another city is all tied to my word in a world that now does not see free speech as part and parcel as integral of the learning process, and if one doubts the mainstream narrative – again in writing with no byline, one I have not admitted to within the HR Director’s investigation – that Gardasil is the best thing since penicillin, with no scientific evidence dispelling this, he gets put on administrative leave.
Imagine, a society – the secretive Planned Parenthood – telling me that I am incapable of talking about condoms, the pill, STDs because I dared question the efficacy of Gardasil. Imagine, this dark society, the secretive Planned Parenthood, telling me and then others (my supervisors) that anyone on our caseloads who might question this vaccine for themselves or loved ones will be told that this vaccine or any product promoted by the secretive Planned Parenthood is beyond reproach or criticism, the evidence be damned!
Imagine, Big Pharma driving this paranoia by my non-profit through the draconian approach to teaching, which is not just a dictatorial pedagogy by the secretive Planned Parenthood but an outright fascist way of dealing with individuals, trained in fields of social work, way beyond the pale of these trainers’ expertise: I’ve worked with homeless, with re-entry adults, with US military, with alternative high school students, with gang-influenced youth, with myriad of youth and adult learners as a community college teacher in five states and two countries, with PK12 rural youth as a substitute teacher, with adults living with developmental disabilities, with agencies managing group homes for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. I have been a journalist with seven daily newspapers and with a monthly magazine and several weeklies. I have traveled and worked in every state in Mexico, every country in Central America.
Imagine this secretive Planned Parenthood which knows zero about me, my background, my socialist roots tied to humanism/ communitarianism/anti-Capitalism, my extensive teaching background, proclaiming I am unfit to teach youth about the secretive Planned Parenthood’s birth control, family planning and STD/STI services! Never did I tell anyone that I would not be teaching evidence-based birth control information.
Who Woulda Thunk: Non-profits Are as Mean and Arbitrary and Paranoid of Workers as the For-profits!
Finally, the other tale of another city is how the non-profit social services world is run by a cadre of people who fight transparency at every step. Here we have non-profits – these LLC’s as 501c3’s or quasi-corporations – covering up shady or shoddy balance sheets, and fighting tooth and nail against modest raises while citing economic/funding reasons while at the same time railing against transparency bills before the state legislature to demand an accounting of their big bucks from grants, government sources, corporations, and philanthropies. Exactly how much does the driveling HR director make, or my boss makes, who has 21 years at L—W? And this culture implores us to never ever ask for a raise, an act that also is “concerning” to bosses. A concern these people say, when a human being asks about a raise, as if this is malfeasance or insubordination. ASKING for a hike in pay, how insubordinate!
This constant paranoia by the non-profits to show us the books creates a pay scale that stays consistent throughout the industry (it’s the prevailing wage so all the non-profits collude and say it’s what the market can bear) because they all agree to pay the same low wage. And, here we are – firing employees, or forcing employees to quit or move on. We are in an unethical corporate culture, one where counselors and therapists and social workers move from agency to agency because of the mayhem the non-profits create — antithetical to anything a good social worker practices to create a safe space, anonymity, and a culture of giving and cooperation.
Instead, these leaders in the non-profit world create a culture of secrecy, fear, retaliation and a management style whose precipitous behavior puts employees at risk of trauma and daily workplace harassment/anxiety. This is the fight-flight-stay (freeze) culture where we are in a constant flight-or-stay mode due to overloading our work, the low pay, the lack of voice in corporate policies and caseload management. We love the work but need recognized that it involves a lot of traumatized and difficult human cases of mental health, suicidal patients, drug abused youth and adults, and homeless and near-homeless individuals who many times are up against a criminal injustice system that makes innocent citizens pay through legal financial obligations and the threat of imprisonment.
Key Findings — United We Heal campaign
Care providers juggle caseloads of 100 clients or more, making it impossible to provide consistent care.
With huge caseloads and very little support, burnout is the norm, resulting in high rates of turnover.
Clients regularly wait months for a follow-up appointment, and they’re forced to start over with new providers as often as every three months.
With stagnant pay and poor benefits, providers earn far less than other workers with similar levels of education.
More Funding, Poor Care
The six largest behavioral health agencies in Multnomah County have seen a 30% increase in funding in the past five years, but this increase in revenue has not resulted in better care.
Problems like these are why Oregon ranks 51st in the country for mental health outcomes, behind every other state and Washington DC.
We need respite, real paid personal time for self-care, and we need managers who care about us, are concerned about their entire workforce, rather than put some funding stream/agency like the secretive Planned Parenthood and their hucksterism tied to Gardasil above all else. Read the report, The Unheard Voices in the Conversation about Behavioral Health in the Portland Metro Area
It seems nothing can be simple in a world of capitalist abuse, in a world of careerism and bureaucracy tied to a vicious world of HR directors and compliance managers running roughshod over well-educated and experienced workers. We are in a world of non-profits profiting from federal, state, county, & municipal dollars in the form of grants and one where other non-profits like Planned Parenthood send more money into the non-profit pipeline through grants that have some heavy metal strings attached.
In the case of the non-profit I work for – L—W – I have been put on administrative leave since Oct. 17, and now after a half hour visit to the company’s HR director, I am still in limbo, this administrative leave, with a cascading process toward my termination.
I am on leave because of the secretive Planned Parenthood, the trainers at the Seattle event – three of them – and their word is taken over mine, even though I have two colleagues who also attended and who have not been contacted by the L—W HR Director to corroborate my say/story.
In the end, looking at my non-profit’s demographics, I am certainly squared jawed now after all of this bullshit to see I am being discriminated against because of my age, my gender and my non-mainstream views against the propagandists of the world, whether they be people calling for poor people to be jailed or health care taken away from undocumented immigrants or bans on people from Muslim countries or Big Pharma’s/Big Medicine’s obscene profits at the expense of real health care or racism-sexism-cultural bias in the workplace.
I espouse cultural practices by Native American healers or indigenous shamanic practices or those in my old workplace, curanderas ( healers). I espouse diversity in thinking, including holistic healing and naturopathic options. I advocate CHOICE. And I advocate FREE speech. I have been put on termination notice for these conceptual and philosophical beliefs.
I promised a second part to yesterday’s (Oct. 22, DV article) which fills in the gaps of where I left off. Unfortunately, a non-profit circling the proverbial wagons fulfills a diversionary tactic that one might expect from lawyers defending a Harvey Weinstein, but instead I am working for a mental health deliverer, more than fifty years in business in Oregon, charging me with insubordination at a Planned Parenthood training. Instead of getting, “Okay, Paul, go back to work and we will ask your co-coworkers their impression of your behavior at this training, and take care of yourself, please,” I get, “We have concerns raised by Planned Parenthood calling us telling L—W you cannot finish the two day sex ed training because they won’t let you attend.”
A Vision and Mission Statement Only on Paper, Not in Practice
This is a company – the non-profit I work for — that professes on its website and in brochures how it honors all people and takes care of people’s needs, both emotional and mental health needs. This is a company that has put me into the proverbial “one-more-day-sweating-it-out-on-administrative-leave-before-termination” or whatever the HR department conjures up in their antithetical to due process monkey court. I am not being treated in a human or humane way.
“Touch a single life, and make a whole community stronger. We touch nearly 19,000 lives each year—because life works when you get the support you need.”
Our mission at L—W is to promote a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.
Our Core Values — L–W values and believes in providing high quality prevention, mental health and addiction services to build a healthy community. Our core values are:
Recovery and Resilience: We know that life works when people receive the help they need.
Relationships: We work in partnership with the community and within L—W to improve the lives of those touched by mental health or addiction issues.
Results: We provide services that we know work to change people’s lives.
Imagine, my life has been torn upside down, and this non-profit cavalier attitude that my job is easily terminated and my life even more easier to move on. This company doesn’t care about one of its own; is duplicitous when the secretive Planned Parenthood puts pressure on them to eliminate me from training; is in some dubious alliance with the secretive Planned Parenthood; and this company is freezing me out in this bullshit administrative leave with no resolution solicited by me or my coworkers. I am in the lurch one more day, as of opening today, and this limbo has caused mental duress and hardships beyond some bean counter’s or HR’s directives and hell-bent process to get rid of an employee.
They don’t practice trauma informed care at L—W.
This is a problem of two tales – the tale of the employee – one old male social worker – going up against a non-profit cadre of female upper echelon who have given their employee, me, no recourse, no redress and no way to challenge the secretive Planned Parenthood’s banning. No matter how these people look at this, this is an employer-employee dispute precipitated by an outside entity, the secretive Planned Parenthood. It’s about them not following some sort of sane and tangible due process, and no matter how much the HR Director and this non-profit wants to squeeze their eyes shut, and throw caution to the wind in this is a quasi-judicial investigation.
This is what I found out Oct. 24:
a. three trainers from the secretive Seattle Planned Parenthood and one of their observers (three females and one male) told the HR director on my company that “we feel Paul cannot deliver evidence-based contraception and birth control information to his youth on his caseload.”
I stated that there was nothing of the sort voiced by me at the classroom that indicated I did not understand the curriculum. What is this projection that they feel I can’t in the future deliver curriculum? Why not ask me what I think: I know condoms work, that STIs are a big issue with the age group I support, and that birth control works, from hormones to IUDs to sponges to condoms.
b. Paul questioned Western Medicine several times.
First, I am science based. It’s clear from my daily activities, my writing and my background. Questioning Western medicine on things like the FDA-approved and deadly Vioxx or over-prescribing of antibiotics and Western Medicine’s role in the opioid crisis is not only scientific, but it’s evidence-based science to challenge a hypothesis. And, having young and old p[patients question their doctors about x or y procedure or a or b drug regimen is not only evidence-based and practical, it’s in the American Medical Association’s recommendation: get a second or third opinion.
“Paul questioning Western Medicine and vaccines” really wasn’t what happened in the classroom: not out of the blue, and not in some enraged anti-Medicine rant. Here, when asked about other contraception procedures, from one of the trainers, we all put in ideas, and then I spoke up and mentioned Queen Anne’s lace and other abortifacients that native cultures have used time immemorial: Antelope Sage, and other abortifacients such as Pennyroyal, Rosemary, Skullcap, Slippery Elm.
The very idea that this secretive Planned Parenthood team would not honor a culturally important and in so many ways super legitimate thesis about other methods of healing to be both listened to and adopted is a form of overt racism and prejudice, and for me to be singled out because I brought up some other methods of contraception is insanity. I come from a culturally informed background working with Apaches, Navajo, Tigua, Spokane, Colville, Coeur d Alene and other First Nations groups, including Winona La Duke and her White Earth Reservation. To accuse me of insubordination broaching other cultural frames is not only abhorrent, but speaks volumes about this highly secretive, rich white woman run organization called Planned Parenthood.
Imagine my African American colleague and the four others in the training by the secretive Planned Parenthood advancing the Black Community’s abhorrence of Western Medicine and a shaky relationship with this secretive Planned Parenthood:
Sanger was a supporter of now-discredited eugenics movement, which aimed to improve humans by either encouraging or discouraging reproduction based on genetic traits.
At one point, in 1934, she even crafted a proposed law that included this provision: “Feeble-minded persons, habitual congenital criminals, those afflicted with inheritable disease, and others found biologically unfit by authorities qualified judge should be sterilized or, in cases of doubt, should be so isolated as to prevent the perpetuation of their afflictions by breeding.” Sanger said she wanted “to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization,” which some have interpreted as a reference to concentration camps.
Yet one of the most thorough looks at the connection between American eugenicists and Germany Nazis, The Nazi Connection, by German professor Stefan Kuehl, makes no mention of Sanger (though Stoddard is featured). Sanger is briefly mentioned in another of one of Kuehl’s books, “For the Betterment of the Race,” mostly in connection with her efforts to assemble an international conference of birth control specialists to combat overpopulation.
“She was very positive about eugenically motivated sterilization,” Kuehl said in an e-mail. But he said “the typical mistake is linking eugenics in general too closely to Nazi race policy. There have been very different strands of eugenics – national socialist, racist, liberal, socialist, Catholic, Jewish, and so on.”
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum says that “Nazi Germany was not the first or only country to sterilize people considered ‘abnormal.’ Before Hitler, the United States led the world in forced sterilizations. Between 1907 and 1939, more than 30,000 people in twenty-nine states were sterilized, many of them unknowingly or against their will.”
Sanger in 1938 appeared to speak positively about the German program undertaken by the Nazis. “Reports in medical journals state that the indications laid down in the German law are being carefully observed. These are congenital feeble-mindedness; schizophrenia, circular insanity; heredity epilepsy; hereditary chorea (Huntington’s); hereditary blindness or deafness; grave hereditary bodily deformity and chronic alcoholism,” she said. “The rights of the individual could be equally well safeguarded here, but in no case should the rights of society, or which he or she is a member, be disregarded.”
Of course, this is from the Washington Post, not an honorable publication now owned and operated by Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. Here is an interesting quote from the creator of this secretive and largely white women-run secretive Planned Parenthood:
The main objectives of the [proposed] Population Congress is to…apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring. — Margaret Sanger, “Plan for Peace”, 1932 Senate hearings
Here, another piece our youth could easily access on the Internet around the Secretive Planned Parenthood questioned by the African American community:
In 1939, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood announced the organization’s new “Negro Project” in response to requests from southern state public health officials—men not generally known at that time for their racial equanimity. “The mass of Negroes,” her project proposal asserted, particularly in the South, still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes, even more than among Whites, is from that portion of the population least intelligent and fit.” The proposal went on to say that “Public Health statistics merely hint at the primitive state of civilization in which most Negroes in the South live.”
Imagine if these African American women at the training I was banned from, confronting the secretive Planned Parenthood’s early roots/history and questioning these modern roots pushing Gardasil.
c. Fact three: I was told by my HR director that these three trainers with 50 years of combined sex Ed training all said in unison that I was discounting of western medicine.
I wasn’t, to be sure, discounting Western Medicine by any measure, just the PR campaigns of Big Pharma and For-profit Medicine and this Gardasil — Just look at my uncle the surgeon’s practice, cousin’s urology practice, aunt’s nursing background, cousin’s psychiatric practice, and my own utilization of plenty of Western medicine practices, from MRI’s to ultrasounds to acid reflux meds and on and on. This blanket statement is both not proven in my classroom demeanor, actions and discussion, nor in my life on planet earth.
d. The HR Director with my immediate supervisor in the room with us, mute and fuming as her face signaled, tried to make some larger issue of concerns about my work – I have questioned an undercover county deputy sheriff in a public meeting making jokes about drug addiction and young people, and by doing so, I asked the crowd to also reconsider and refrain from the laughs and giggles in this county presentation by many speakers.
I was told by my supervisor a DHS worker at that meeting with the deputy mentioned my confronting the cop, to her, in an aside (no written complaint). Another concern was that I publicly discounted a Trump supporter social worker who told more than 60 case managers that Trump was responsible for the great employment rates by youth in Oregon. I did it with tact and with confidence.
Here’s how these people work – I was sent to a secretive Planned Parenthood training, had two nights in a hotel at $170 a night paid for, plus 52 cents a mile for my personal vehicle (up to $200 for that drive), plus flex time (seven hours), plus a per diem for food. Now, is that a non-profit that legitimately has concerns with his employee? I was at the training by the secretive Planned Parenthood and did what all participants did – engaged in the material, listened to the trainers and showed composure and decorum. I was then summarily disinvited to the day two training.
This triggered L—W to put me on paid administrative/suspended leave. This triggered an investigation by this driveling HR director, who was on vacation until a week after my forced leave, yesterday. I am now being called into question about “these concerns” only because the secretive Planned Parenthood triggered this brouhaha. Think readers: I am being rejected by the secretive Planned Parenthood and that then this triggers my termination.
e. Unfortunately for L—W, the HR Director stated to me that the secretive Planned Parenthood trainers said I questioned a vaccine. Imagine, I never once stated an objection to a vaccine, the only one of which mentioned by the trainers is the Gardasil HPV vaccine. What this driveling HR Director exposed is that my anonymous written comments were attributed to me, as if no one else in that room would have stated reservations about Gardasil.
I am fighting for my job in a universe created by the secretive Planned Parenthood that is not governed by the laws of physics or humanism or fairness. My driveling HR Director failed to see this reveal. Instead, she has told me that, after I asked her how I might make up the second day of training, “I do not have an answer to that, Paul.” Imagine, no other way for me to sit through another training that would keep me on the job, in compliance.
Moving On Means Filing for Unemployment, Looking for a Lawyer, Looking for Work, and . . . Writing
Part Three of this piece is titled, The Seal has been Broken on Gardasil – A Story of Incapacitation, Chronic Pain, and Death.
I never thought that an insipid training in Seattle at the secretive Planned Parenthood would open up this Pandora’s Box of a vaccine that is beyond a doubt the cause of many lifelong incapacitating diseases and deaths according to many who tie the HPV virus to their pain and relatives’ deaths.
Part three of this is like a page ripped from eugenics books and a Joseph Mengele nightmare around Gardasil: what the reader might find is both disturbing and indicative of social engineering and medical overreach by anyone’s standards of what the right thing to do for young girls — our sisters, cousins, friends, nieces — and now young boys.
Here, a prelude to Part Three:
Gardasil is Sterilizing Young Women
Scott Field, M.D., FCP, who currently serves on American College of Pediatricians’ board of directors, was the primary author on the warning released on behalf of ACP titled Primary Concerns About the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine which states:
“It has recently come to the attention of the College that one of the recommended vaccines [HPV] could possibly be associated with the very rare but serious condition of premature ovarian failure (POF), also known as premature menopause.”
Although ACP’s paper states that POF is a “very rare but serious condition,” their own investigative findings in the paper seem to hint at a more widespread problem by stating:
“Most primary care physicians are probably unaware of a possible association between HPV4 and POF and may not consider reporting POF cases or prolonged amenorrhea (missing menstrual periods) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).”
ACP’s paper goes on to state that, despite the medical community’s ignorance of a possible association between the HPV shot and POF, there have been 213 cases reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). The report continues by making a case to concluded that:
“The overwhelming majority (76%) of VAERS reports since 2006 with ovarian failure, premature menopause, and/or amenorrhea are associated solely with Gardasil®.”
Is there a possible culprit contributing to POF that is specific only in the Gardasil shot? ACP’s paper stated:
“Few other vaccines besides Gardasil® that are administered in adolescence contain polysorbate 80.”
The Material Safety and Data Sheet (MSDA) does not address the effects of polysorbate through injection. Yet, in MSDA’s toxicology section under special remarks on chronic and toxic effects on humans states that Polysorbate 80:
“May cause adverse reproductive effects based on animal studies.”
A conclusion of ACP’s study states:
“A causal relationship between human papillomavirus vaccines (if not Gardasil® specifically) and ovarian dysfunction cannot be ruled out at this time.”
Additionally, this is another peak into Part Three of my piece upcoming ASAP — Abnormal Pap Smears, Cervical Dysplasia and Cervical Cancer Spike Post-HPV Vaccination
by Leslie Botha, Women’s Health Freedom Coalition Coordinator, Natural Solutions Foundation, and Janny Stokvis, VAERS Research Analyst
In 2006, the HPV vaccine Gardasil touted to prevent cervical cancer was introduced to a public generally unaware of the Human Papillomavirus or its threat to adolescent girls and women. However, the public was quickly informed of the dangers of the virus when Merck launched an aggressive advertising campaign designed to capture the attention of girls/women ages 9 to 26 with a catchy jingle and their now famous line: “One Less Girl to Get Cervical Cancer.” Adolescent girls were dancing and singing that they will be “one less girl” in unison with the award-winning TV commercial.
According to Neon Tommy, the online publication for the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC, the promotion was successful. In 2008 Merck’s marketing techniques even earned Gardasil a “pharmaceutical brand of the year” award from Pharmaceutical Executive for its ‘savvy disease education,” and for building “a market out of thin air.”
Six years later, it appears that “one less” is now turning into “one more” as reports of abnormal pap smears, cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer are appearing in the HPV vaccine targeted market.
As of May 12, 2012 the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) showed there have been 26,050 reports of adverse events (including 849 reports from boys/men ages nine to 26) post-HPV vaccination. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) estimates only 1 to 10% of the vaccine-injured are reporting.
Of concern is the significant increase in reporting for cervical abnormalities reported to VAERS each month. Of even more concern is that the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has raised pap testing guidelines to age 21 leaving many adolescents without proper cervical screening tools post-vaccination. Yet a significant number of events are being reported by an age group that typically does not develop cervical cancer until age 50 or older. According to Stokvis, some of the reports of cervical abnormalities are occurring four to five years post-vaccination.
This a tale of both girls and boys, young men and young women, being adversely affected by Gardasil! The voice of the voiceless up against Big Pharma and a Secretive Planned Parenthood.