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"Long Acting Progestins - Promise and Prospects," by Laurie Liskin, Population Reports, Series K. IX(2): K16-K-54. Johns Hopkins University.

"From Eugenics to Population Control," by Gar Allen, Science for the People, Summer, 1980.

"Risk of Breast, Uterine Corpus and Ovarian Cancer in Women Receiving Medroxyprogesterone Injections," Journal of the American Medical Association, vol.21, no. 249

"Depo--Provera: A Critical Analysis," by Steve Minkin, Women and Health, vol. 2, no. 5.

"The Depo--Provera Debate: Commentary on the Article 'Depo--Provera: A Critical Analysis'," by G. Benagiano and I. Fraser, Contraception, vol. 25, no 24.

"Values and Toxic Substances Testing: Experiences with Systemic Contraceptives," by Carol Korenbrot, Toxic Substances: Decisions and Values: Conference II, Information Flow. National Science Foundation Technical Information Project, 1979

"Nine Thai Women Had Cancer. . None of Them Took Depo--Provera: Therefore Depo--Provera is Safe. This is Science?" Steve Minkin Mother Jones, November 1981.

"Panel Says Depo--Provera Not Proved Safe," Science, Vol. 226, No. 467

Pamphlets, etc.

"Depo--Provera" Information Packet, National Women's Health Network. (see organizations for address)

"Depo--Provera" reports. Health Research Group #978, #920, #878, #525, #430, #393, #284, # 161, # 117

Depo--Provera Packet. Boston Women's Health Book Collective

Health Action International: HAI News (newsletter) 44 Problem Drugs Prescription for Change: HAI Guide to Rational Health Projects, 1983.

One Drug at a Time by Charles Medawar. A report of IOCU and Social Audit LTD. December 1984.


Birth Control and Controlling Birth: Women-Centered Perspectives, Holmes, H.B., Hoskins B.B. and Gross, B.B., The Humana Press, Clifton, New Jersey, 1980.

Corporate Crime in the Pharmaceutical Industry by John Braithwaite, Routledge, Kegan and Paul, Boston, 1984.

The New Our Bodies, Ourselves, by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Simon and Schuster, 1984.

Bitter Pills: Medicines and the Third World Poor by Dianna Melrose, Oxfam Public Affairs Unit, 274 Banbury Road, Oxford England OX27D2.

Bitter Pills by Donald Warwick, Cambridge University Press, New York, 1982.

Mother Machine by Gena Corea, Harper and Row, New York, 1985 (forthcoming).

The Hidden Malpractice by Gena Corea, William Morrow, New York, 1977.

Prescriptions for Death: The Drugging of the Third World by Milton Silverman, Philip Lee and Mia Lydecker, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1982.

Pills, Profits and Politics, Silverman and Lee, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1974.

By Prescription Only by Morton Mintz, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1967.

Population Fix, (working title) by Betsey Hartmann, Food First Books, San Francisco, forthcoming.

The Politics of Cancer by Samuel Epstein, Anchor Press, New York, 1979.

Hormonal Contraceptives, Estrogens and Human Welfare, by M. Diamond and C. Korenbrot, Academic Press, New York, 1978.

Medicine Under Capitalism, by Vicente Navarro, Prodist, New York, 1976.

Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones by Barbara and Gideon Seaman, Rawson Associates, 1977.

Of Acceptable Risk: Science and the Determination of Safety, by William Lowrance, William Kaufman Inc, Los Altos, 1976.

Diethylstilbestrol (DES) 1938-1941 by Susan Bell, University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, 1981.

Woman's Bodv, Woman's Right: A social history of birth control in America by Linda Gordon, Penguin Books, New York, 1980.

Retreat From Safety by Joan Claybrook and Public Citizen, Pantheon Books, New York, 1984.

The Drugging of the Americas: How Multinational Drug Companies Say One Thing About Their Products to Physicians in the United States and Another Thing to Physicians in Latin America, by Milton Silverman, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1976. "Women and Health: The Politics of Sex in Medicine" ed. by Elizabeth Fee in Policy, Politics, Health and Medicine ed. by Vicente Navarro. Bay Wood Publishing Co., 1982, New York.

Poverty and Population Control, ed. by Lars Bondestam and Staffan Bergstrom. Academic Press, 1980, New York.

Government reports

The Depo--Provera Debate Hearings before the Select Committee on Population, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Printing Office, 1978.

"The Use of Advisory Committees by the Food and Drug Administration," Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, Eleventh Report, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. 1976

"Export of Hazardous Products. Hearings before the Subcommittee on International Economic Policy of the Committee of Foregin Affairs," House of Representatives, 96th Congress, 2d Session, Washington, D.C., 1980 (See the statements by Rochat, Senanayake, Minkin and Duncan)

"Letter to the HEW Secretary" by L.H. Fountain, Intergovernmental Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations. Oct. 7, 1974.

The following are available from Government Dockets, Food and Drug Administration, Parklawn Bldg., 5600 Fischer's Lane, Rockville, Md.

  • FDA Audit of IND #9693 at Grady Hospital, Form FD481(E)-CG/78, 1978
  • "Report of the Public Board of Inquiry of Depo--Provera," by Judith Weisz, Paul Stolley, Griff Ross
  • "Transcript of Proceedings," Obstetrics and Gynecology Advisory Committee. G-564.


Health Alternatives for Women
c/o Christine Bird
P.O. Box 884
Peterborough Center
New Zealand

Women's Center
307 Yasmece Apt.
Vakola, Santacruz (E)
400 055

Health Actional International
Regional Office for Asia and Pacific,
IOCU P.O. Box 1045

Women's Reproductive Rights Information Center
52-54 Featherstone Street
London EC 1

International Contraceptive, Abortion and Sterilization Campaign (ICASC)
Post Bus 4098 1009 AB
The Netherlands
52-54 Featherstone Street
London EC 1

Anti-Depo Campaign
62 Regent St.
Chippendale 2008 Australia

Voluntary Group for Consumers in Thailand
495/44 Soi Yu-Oomsin
Charunsanitvong Rd.
40 Bangkok 10700

Kenya Woman
Box 43741

Quebec Public Interest Research Group
2070 Mackay St. Rm. 399

ISIS Santiago
Casilla 2067
Correo Central
Santiago, Chile

Organizations/ United States

Boston Women's Health Book Collective
465 Mt. Auburn
Watertown. Massachusetts 02172

National Women's Health Network
224 Seventh St. SE
Washington D.C. 20003
(Maintains a Depo--Provera registry; encourages women who have taken the drug to write in.)

Black Women's Health Project
Martin Luther King Community Center
450 Auburn Ave. NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30312

Health Research Group
200 P Street N. W.
Washington D.C. 20036

Video film

The Ultimate Test Animal, produced by Karen Branan and Bill Turnley 45 minutes, color, 1985 Available on videocassette (3/4", VHS, Beta) rental: $60; purchase: $125 Takes the viewer inside government hearings, doctors' offices and women's homes to reveal the dramatic and troubling story of attempts to get FDA approval of DepoProvera. The documentary raises questions about population control versus birth control; racism and sexism in health care. Ultimately, it is about how the corporate and political goals of drug advocates-especially in the field of contraceptionsometimes override and distort the requirements of science.
Available from:
Karen Branan and Bill Turnlev
3231 14th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

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