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Depo Provera Side Effects examined at Congressional Briefing with Rebecca Project for Human Rights, Congressman William Lacy Clay and Other Human Rights Leaders
Date:9/17/2013

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr. (MO), Member of the U.S. Congress and Congressional Black Caucus will hold a Congressional briefing examining Pfizer and health providers targeting women of color to be primary consumers of the carcinogenic contraceptive drug Depo Provera, by concealing of FDA Black Box Warnings and minimizing life-threatening and debilitating side effects. This Depo Provera briefing, in collaboration with the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, is to educate and inform women about lethal side effects of the Depo Provera shot. It will be held at the US Capitol Hill Campus on September 20, 2013 at 3:30PM during the CBC conference week at the Capitol Visitors Center Auditorium. 

Imani Walker, Executive Director of the Rebecca Project stated, "our nonpartisan anti-Depo Provera advocacy is about protecting Black women's reproductive health and protecting low-income communities, because Black women experience significant health disparities."  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the leading causes of death for Black women are: heart disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS stroke, and diabetes. Furthermore, medical research indicates the use of Depo Provera can cause or exacerbate all those diseases. Therefore, it is imperative that women are counseled and provided informed consent about harm. 

In June 2013, Rebecca Project for Human Rights published a policy report: Depo-Provera: Deadly Reproductive Violence. Kwame Fosu, Policy Director for the Rebecca Project for Human Rights explains, "this is a de
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