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Parents Sue After 14-Year-Old Daughter Died with Birth Control Patch
Life Site News.net ^ | 11.21.05 | Hilary White

Posted on 11/26/2005 5:56:51 PM PST by Coleus

When the parents of 14 year-old Alycia Brown of La Crosse Wisconsin found out their daughter was sexually active, they did what the modern culture told them was the right thing to do; they put her on birth control, choosing the popular hormonal patch instead of the Pill. When on May 7, 2004, Alycia died suddenly of blood clots in her lower pelvis Michael and Lorie Brown decided to sue the deadly drug's manufacturer in the hopes of having it taken off the market.
 
The patch, which releases a dose of contraceptive hormones into a woman's blood stream through the skin, has been responsible for at least 17 deaths in women age 17 to 30 since its release in 2002, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
 
In September 2004, a study by the FDA revealed 21 "life-threatening" conditions related to the patch such as blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. The Browns' lawsuit claims the company intentionally withheld information from its own clinical trials and Food and Drug Administration records suggesting the increased risks.
 
Thus far, Alycia is the youngest of the patch's victims. Her mother told the La Crosse Tribune that the suit is only partly about collecting damages. "More than anything, I want it taken off the market," she said.
 
"Maybe I'll be able to save a life, if people know what happened to her."
 
Earlier this month, Ortho-McNeil agreed to improve the warnings on the labels for the patch to include the information that it had possible fatal side effects. The company admitted that the patch exposes women to about 60 percent more estrogen than those using typical birth-control pills.
 
Read Previous LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Ortho McNeil Corp Admits Birth Control Patch Blood Clot Connection
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/nov/05111404.html
 
Contact the FDA to request that the drug be taken off the market:
U. S. Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane,
Rockville MD 20857-0001
1-888-INFO-FDA
(1-888-463-6332)

and your elected officials www.congress.org



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: alyciabrown; birthcontrol; bloodclots; contraception; emboli; fda; hormones; lacrosse; lawsuit; moralabsolutes; schools; sexeducation; sexuallyactiveteens; slut; students; teenagesex; whore; wisconsin
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1 posted on 11/26/2005 5:56:52 PM PST by Coleus
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...


2 posted on 11/26/2005 5:57:36 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Coleus
I don't know if they have a case...all of those patch commercials spend half the content of the ad warning of the potential consequences, including blod clots and death.

They are scary ads, and I don't know why someone would risk that.

3 posted on 11/26/2005 5:59:17 PM PST by krb (ad hominem arguments are for stupid people)
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To: Coleus

If she had just kept he legs Le Crosse(d)she would be alive today.


4 posted on 11/26/2005 5:59:48 PM PST by Michael.SF. (The other side (in war on terror) is not evil--they just have a different perspective-Chris Mathews)
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To: Coleus

The Wall Street Journal had an article about patches just this last week.

A sexually active 14 year old should get a cork with razor blades pointed outside.


5 posted on 11/26/2005 5:59:51 PM PST by Loud Mime (Bad Lawmakers = Bad Law = Infinite Lawyers)
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To: Coleus

If there are possible "fatal" side effects, then it shouldn't be on the market at all.


6 posted on 11/26/2005 5:59:54 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: Coleus

It's right to blame drug company and the FDA for their irresponsibility, but this child was really put to death by her own parents, IMO.


7 posted on 11/26/2005 6:00:16 PM PST by baa39
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To: Coleus
Oh my. I have no sympathy for them whatsoever. Where was their responsibility to their own child BEFORE she became sexually active? Its not the drug company's responsibility to raise that child. The parents should have looked out for their daughter and this lawsuit is merely a childish attempt to divert attention away from their failure to exercise their parental responsibilities. Its an another instance of a society in which no one takes responsibility for anything. Sure you can argue the drug company is culpable but what about the parents? They are fare from innocent, aggrieved victims here. If they had done the right thing from Day One, their daughter would still be alive today.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

8 posted on 11/26/2005 6:01:19 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Coleus

Sad death..Sad life prior...Much could be said but it would be pointless.


9 posted on 11/26/2005 6:01:45 PM PST by cynicom
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To: Michael.SF.

oy


10 posted on 11/26/2005 6:02:00 PM PST by satchmodog9 ( Seventy million spent on the lefts Christmas present and all they got was a Scooter)
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To: Michael.SF.
If she had just kept he legs Le Crosse(d)she would be alive today.

That is a bit simplistic, don't you think?

11 posted on 11/26/2005 6:02:35 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: satchmodog9
oy >>

that reminds me of the dyslexic rabbi who said Yo
12 posted on 11/26/2005 6:03:24 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Coleus

What an awful story. Just goes to show--anything that messes with the chemical make-up of the human body in such a fundamental way is bound to have bad side-effects.


13 posted on 11/26/2005 6:04:16 PM PST by Antoninus (The greatest gift parents can give to their children is siblings.)
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To: SeaDragon
Planned Parenthood and NOW say sex doesn't have any risks. Aside from getting pregnant, here's one no dwells much time on.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

14 posted on 11/26/2005 6:04:30 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Coleus

After reading the first paragraph. I knew I couldnt post anything that would be allowed on free republic


15 posted on 11/26/2005 6:04:55 PM PST by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: Coleus

Maybe it's time for someone to start marketing chastity belts. Young women like Alycia Brown might complain, but at least they'd be alive.

I wonder if the FDA would license the sale of chastity belts without a prescription?


16 posted on 11/26/2005 6:05:24 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Coleus

14 years old, sexually active and dead, not a very nice obituary. Poor kid.


17 posted on 11/26/2005 6:06:31 PM PST by john_baldacci_is_a_commie
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To: Coleus
Hey, you know, maybe if they can sue all of the birth control companies, then all of the pharmacutical birht control meds will be taken off the market, and then abortion will be the only legal method of birth control!

Mark

18 posted on 11/26/2005 6:06:45 PM PST by MarkL (I didn't get to where I am today by worrying about what I'd feel like tomorrow!)
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To: Coleus
And whom were they going to sue when their daughter was diagnosed with an incurable STD?

What are these people thinking? "Here's our daughter, boys ... free sex, and you don't have to be bothered with condoms, because we've put her on birth control for you!"

19 posted on 11/26/2005 6:06:50 PM PST by Tax-chick (Advent starts November 27 ... have you dusted yet?)
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To: Coleus
When the parents of 14 year-old Alycia Brown of La Crosse Wisconsin found out their daughter was sexually active, they did what the modern culture told them was the right thing to do; they put her on birth control, choosing the popular hormonal patch instead of the Pill.

This is the harvest from sowing the 'it takes a village' mentality.

Children that are closely supervised usually don't have the chance to become sexually active.

20 posted on 11/26/2005 6:07:13 PM PST by MamaTexan (I am NOT a 'legal entity', nor am I a *person* as created by `law`!)
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To: Coleus
When the parents of 14 year-old Alycia Brown of La Crosse Wisconsin found out their daughter was sexually active, they did what the modern culture told them was the right thing to do; they put her on birth control,

I have a feeling that if they had ignored "modern culture" (moral relativism/secular humanism) and done what their parental instincts (hopefully, should have) told them to do, this tragedy would have been avoided.

21 posted on 11/26/2005 6:07:57 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: goldstategop

yea, God forbid they would take her to church or teach her some morals and values and teach her to just say NO and say NO to her to not have sex until she's married.

take the easy way out and buy her a patch, this way she could be a slut, get a great reputation in high school, be real popular with the boys and contract any STD from which to choose, like: AIDS, Herpes, HPV, all that are incurable.


22 posted on 11/26/2005 6:08:01 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: goldstategop

NOW sucks canal water but Planned Parenthood can have good points both directions. There are always risks no matter what you do and the sooner people realize this, the better.


23 posted on 11/26/2005 6:08:08 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: Coleus

The first thing you do if you find out your 14-year-old daughter is sexually active is call the police.


24 posted on 11/26/2005 6:09:06 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Coleus
they did what the modern culture told them was the right thing to do

WTF?

What is the "modem culture"?

And why would you trust your kids' lives to whatever "they" say?

If "they" all ran and jumped of the Empire State Building, I suppose you would let your kid do it too?

25 posted on 11/26/2005 6:09:23 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Coleus

What kind of parents would put their 14 year old daughter on birth control?


26 posted on 11/26/2005 6:09:42 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Izzy Dunne
Never mind about the "modem" culture - the font made it look strange without my glasses.

Still...

27 posted on 11/26/2005 6:11:11 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: goldstategop
14......14!!!!..

..and her parents encouraged more sex by getting her the patch????

28 posted on 11/26/2005 6:11:34 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: wagglebee
Exactly the point I made in my post. Values do matter and we literally live or die by the choices in life that we make. I'm always amazed at how people discover common sense as if for the first time after a tragedy happens. It was right in front of them all along. DUH

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

29 posted on 11/26/2005 6:12:17 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lorianne
What kind of parents would put their 14 year old daughter on birth control?

Probably the same type that allowed their daughters to be interns for BJ Klintoon.

30 posted on 11/26/2005 6:12:38 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Guenevere
No child that age should be ready for sex. I'd make it clear to any daughter of mine she will not be allowed to have a boyfriend til she's 16 and then only under strict oversight. She'll rebel but thank me for it when she's ready to leave home for college. Its the values, stupid.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

31 posted on 11/26/2005 6:14:13 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: SeaDragon
Planned Parenthood can have good points??????????

NOW and Planned Parenthood are hand in glove....one continues where the other left off...

..they are not separate entities.

And Planned Parenthood's only point is to get your child pregnant and fork over the money!!

Abortion is their big moneymaker....money, money, money...that's what it is about!

32 posted on 11/26/2005 6:14:57 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: SeaDragon
"If there are possible "fatal" side effects, then it shouldn't be on the market at all."

There are 300 to 500 reported aspirin deaths each year (taken as directed) in the United States.

33 posted on 11/26/2005 6:15:08 PM PST by elfman2
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To: goldstategop
Oh my. I have no sympathy for them whatsoever. Where was their responsibility to their own child BEFORE she became sexually active? Its not the drug company's responsibility to raise that child. The parents should have looked out for their daughter and this lawsuit is merely a childish attempt to divert attention away from their failure to exercise their parental responsibilities. Its an another instance of a society in which no one takes responsibility for anything. Sure you can argue the drug company is culpable but what about the parents? They are fare from innocent, aggrieved victims here. If they had done the right thing from Day One, their daughter would still be alive today.

Of course you are correct. Nice writeup.

34 posted on 11/26/2005 6:15:33 PM PST by Ultra Sonic 007 (We DARE Defend Our Rights [Alabama State Motto])
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To: MamaTexan
Children that are closely supervised usually don't have the chance to become sexually active.

Wow! Living with blinders on, how do you manage?

35 posted on 11/26/2005 6:16:03 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: goldstategop
A boy asked my daughter on a date at 14....I absolutely said no!!

16 was our rule and we stuck by it.

36 posted on 11/26/2005 6:16:26 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: Tax-chick
What are these people thinking? "Here's our daughter, boys ... free sex, and you don't have to be bothered with condoms, because we've put her on birth control for you!"

Yeah, and they think they're doing the "caring" and "concerned" thing!! Her parents are idiots, and now they want to profit from their idiocy over their poor daughter's dead body.

A friend of mine I've mentioned to you -- a doctor at a Catholic hospital -- has actually had a mother of a 14-year-old girl ask her to write her daughter a new prescription for BC pills. (I think my friend was too stuned to think of a properly tart reply, besides, "Uh, no, we don't do that here.")

It's unfortunately not uncommon. Parents are too lazy to supervise, too spineless to understand the difference between "parent" and "buddy", and just want to make sure their daughter doesn't come home pregnant so they don't have another kid to raise.

37 posted on 11/26/2005 6:17:00 PM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: Coleus


I just read the news acticles in the LaCrosse newspaper online ... there IS more to the story.

But 5,000,000 women regularly use this patch according to the paper. That's a lot.


38 posted on 11/26/2005 6:17:40 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: baa39
Definitely ~ these parents, rather than protecting their daughter joined in the process that subjected her to statutory rape.

Now they want to blame someone else.

39 posted on 11/26/2005 6:18:29 PM PST by muawiyah (u)
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To: wagglebee
Birth control doesn't prevent pregnancy. This notion that sex is just pure fun is BS. Its a very powerful thing even if there's no baby coming out of it. It changes people's feelings about each other and their outlook on life. I'm not against sex and I'm not a prude but we should show we take it seriously. We try to delay our teens from having it as long as possible since they're not mature enough to understand there's more involved than rolling around under the bed covers together.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

40 posted on 11/26/2005 6:18:56 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: muawiyah
The liberal mindset can be dangerous to children.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

41 posted on 11/26/2005 6:20:44 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: SeaDragon
Many things on the market have potential fatal effects ~ many people are helped by them, or find some benefit, and others don't.

When it comes to drugs, not all drugs are suitible for all people. I can't use statins for example ~ and every time you hear an advertisement about them they give you a warning about a "rare" genetic difference, etc., all of which is true. But should statins be taken off the market simply because they would probably kill me if I continued using them?

42 posted on 11/26/2005 6:20:49 PM PST by muawiyah (u)
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To: Coleus

Bad parents.


43 posted on 11/26/2005 6:21:51 PM PST by ColdSteelTalon
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To: Coleus

The parents should imprisoned.


44 posted on 11/26/2005 6:22:21 PM PST by stinkerpot65
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To: SeaDragon; Michael.SF.
If she had just kept he legs Le Crosse(d)she would be alive today.

That is a bit simplistic, don't you think?


What's simple is true. Abstaining works every time it is used.
45 posted on 11/26/2005 6:22:40 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: Guenevere
Yes, it can..........

If you truly believe all that you wrote then I am saddened.

46 posted on 11/26/2005 6:22:41 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: SeaDragon
Wow! Living with blinders on, how do you manage?

There is absolutely ZERO excuse for a parent who allows their 14-year-old to be have sex. They can't drive, they shouldn't be allowed to go anywhere unsupervised, they shouldn't be allowed to date except under very controlled circumstances, they can't rent a motel room, they don't have their own apartments.

You know where most 14yo kids who are having sex, have sex? I've read the studies, because I have a teenage child of my own and will have 3 more before I'm done. The place most 14yo kids have sex is in their own homes, between the time they're out of school and the time their parents come home from work. Given that the answer to preventing a sexually active 14yo is to arrange babysitting or have one parent quit work, which do you think shows more love for a child ... doing that, or putting them on a contraceptive???

47 posted on 11/26/2005 6:23:06 PM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: Coleus

The parents should imprisoned.


48 posted on 11/26/2005 6:23:44 PM PST by stinkerpot65
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To: Coleus
Image hosted by Photobucket.com it seems like facilitating the sexual promiscuity of you own minor child is Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Child Abuse. but that's just me...
49 posted on 11/26/2005 6:23:55 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Guenevere

Actually there are elements within the Planned Parenthood orbit who are into abortion for purposes of Ba'al worship.


50 posted on 11/26/2005 6:23:58 PM PST by muawiyah (u)
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