Feature 10.21.2021 6 minutes

American Health Organizations Have Failed Women

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From the CDC on down, medical institutions have betrayed our trust too many times.

On September 29th, the CDC released an urgent announcement regarding “pregnant people”:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends urgent action to increase Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future. CDC strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks.

The benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks. The statement needs unpacking.

First things first: what are the benefits of vaccination? Traditionally, one would generally assume that the direct benefit of vaccination is immunity to the virus.

What are these known risks? Has the CDC ever admitted there are any? Last we were told, “Pregnant people are counseled to consider the available evidence and make personal decisions about vaccination in the absence of human safety data” (New England Medical Journal).

The CDC doesn’t have information on the “known risks” of pregnancy. This is because the CDC/FDA didn’t require the vaccines to be tested on pregnant women before they were released to the public. Thus, the absence of information is their own fault. In other words, it was intentional. As a result, the only data pregnant women have to go off of is the testing that Pfizer did on lab rats. This is, to put it mildly, not enough.

Is vaccine “safety” for pregnant women another one of their “noble lies”? I bring this up to remind pregnant women and others of the original Fauci mask lie: “While Fauci, along with several other US health leaders, initially advised people not to wear masks, Fauci later said that he was concerned that there wouldn’t be enough protective equipment for health care workers.”

That’s a noble lie. He lied about the need for masks to prevent a mask shortage. When asked about this he claims he was not aware that 45% of people were asymptomatic. Of course we now know that asymptomatic spread was also incorrect science—or should I say, the science changed.

If the science keeps changing and women are consistently told not to question such science, then how are they to be afforded the confidence to make the decision to get vaccinated?


But women are not invited to trust VAERS (the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System). They may be co-managed by the CDC and the FDA, but they aren’t an “official” government source.

We all know what happens when women try to voice concerns that aren’t allowed, or go against the current regime narrative. They are silenced.

So let’s get this straight. Pregnant women have been urged to get the COVID vaccine by every trusted health organization based on an “absence of data,” “limited data,” and constantly “changing data.”

Here’s the CDC again: “Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, although limited, has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy” (emphasis added).

You’ll see the words “limited data” everywhere you look. Yet somehow these women are expected to free-fall into absolute government-trusting bliss after being constantly lied to. Remember the Ebola vaccine?

“Vaccines that use the same viral vector have been given to pregnant people in all trimesters of pregnancy, including in a large-scale Ebola vaccination trial. No adverse pregnancy-related outcomes, including adverse outcomes affecting the baby, were associated with vaccination in these trials.”

That is the CDC’s official statement on the subject. This is what the data actually says:

Forty percent of pregnant women involved in the study had miscarriages. The study states that “The 45% rate of pregnancy loss in the immediate vaccination group was not significantly higher than the 33% rate in the contemporaneous unvaccinated group.”

Twelve percentage points isn’t significant?

Curious, because if a 12% increase isn’t significant enough to halt the use of Ebola vaccines in pregnant women, then why is the CDC sending out urgent warnings for pregnant women to get the COVID vaccine when the percentage of pregnant COVID cases only went from 0.09% to 0.129%? Yes, that was the increase. But in the headlines you’ll see “70% increase,” because 70% sounds a lot more terrifying.

Here are some more facts:

COVID cases in pregnancy: > 125,000

COVID deaths: 161

Chances of death from COVID in pregnancy: 0.129%

Chances of survival in pregnancy: 99.871%

The numbers and percentages these institutions use are relative. When have you ever made a choice out of fear that ended up serving you? Decisions based on fear are usually ones we regret. But those are the kinds of decisions our “officials” are demanding we make.

Broken Trust

COVID vaccine hesitancy among pregnant women raises the question: When exactly did women in this country lose faith in the medical system and health organizations?

Maybe it started with the epidemic of obstetric abuse and violence.

Maybe it was when cesarean births in the U.S. rose to 1 in 3, a number which continues to rise drastically compared to other countries.

Maybe it was when the maternal mortality rate in the United States climbed to the highest of any other wealthy country.

Or the infant mortality rate.

Maybe it was when obstetricians started giving the most aggressive care possible to avoid negligence lawsuits.

Could it have been the condescending looks and remarks from doctors and nurses when mothers would rightfully ask questions regarding their infants’ recommended vaccine schedule?

Or possibly the incessant coercion tactics used by medical professionals in nearly every encounter with women? The same ones we are seeing today with the media’s push on pregnant women getting the vaccine?

Let’s not skip the part this past year where hospitals adopted policies to deny women access to their doulas and birthing support partners.

Our medical system is purposefully designed to put providers and hospitals first, and women last.

Maybe it’s the overwhelming number of stories like this:

and this:

We always hear about a “woman’s right to choose” when it comes to abortion. But what about a woman’s right to choose when it comes to every other medical decision in her life? Every day that choice is taken away from more and more women. Today, pregnant women that work for government agencies or companies with over 100 employees will be fired from their jobs if they refuse the COVID vaccine.

Our medical systems and health organizations have failed women far and beyond redemption even before the COVID vaccine. Women have been ridiculed, mocked, and even stripped of sacred words like “mother.” We are told to listen to the science when it comes to the safety of the COVID vaccine, yet we must sit down and take it when the people in power call us disgusting names like “birthing person” and “chestfeeder.” We are forced to put blind trust in health officials who deny natural immunity or outright ignore it.

These organizations, these people, have betrayed our trust time and again. They no longer deserve it. If you’re a woman that has lost trust in our health institutions, you’re not alone. And you’re not wrong.

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