Erin Brockovich is fighting a new evil in society and this one is at risk for harming millions of women who care about their organs. This new evil stems from a popular but permanent form of birth control many women are using without realizing how adverse it has been for others in their shoes. And while the groundwater contamination activist can boast experience in fighting big business in her past, waging a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Pacific Gas two decades ago, she will have no financial stake in this campaign. So money isn't driving Brockovich now, just as it didn't drive her in the past. Instead, she cares about the women who are suffering perforations to their organs in their body because they dare to use this device. According to Yahoo News on Oct. 10, the device is a non-surgical transcervical sterilization procedure approved by the FDA years ago.
The transcervical sterilization procedure cost's less money, is supposed to be a much easier alternative to having a tubal ligation and is supposed to be safer than one, too. But hundreds of women are coming forth with horror stories about their experiences since undergoing this process.
And no wonder, as the whole process involves the use of bendable coils being placed into a woman's fallopian tubes after first passing through her vagina, cervix and uterus. And it is all done as an outpatient.
The Bayer-backed procedure known as Essure results in scar tissue forming around the coils, as a result of the tissue affected by the implementation of the device and the path it had to travel for final placement. And that, not any type of medicine or drug, is what inhibits the woman from getting pregnant, because the scar tissue blocks the travel of semen.
But what happens if the scar tissue doesn't form, or the coils bend in such a way as to puncture nearby organs, as has happened already?
Erin Brockovich feels that these possibilities and past experiences make it clear that the procedure shouldn't be available as a birth control option in the first place. And she feels so strongly about it that she has gone so far as to launch an online campaign to petition for the removal of this dangerous birth control method.
Do you think that women should risk harm to their internal body structure and organs by having these bendable coils inside them, just as a way to prevent pregnancy?