Erin Brockovich, who was portrayed by Julia Roberts in a 2000 film, has recently been engrossed in a fight to get the birth control product, Essure, off the shelves. According to the activist, the permanent form of birth control has been causing severe health complications among women, and should be discontinued.
"There's something wrong with the device, in my opinion. It's a form of permanent birth control, and women's organs are being perforated ... It's ridiculous that at any level we try to defend this," Brockovich said to ABCNews.com. "If 30 women did suffer harm for unknown reason, we'd investigate. We have thousands injured. I don't think it's safe."
Since finding out about the controversial form of birth control a year ago, she has started a grassroots campaign and petition that would allow women who have had difficulties with the product to share their experiences.
Bayer, the company who owns Essure, has been repeatedly asked by Brockovich to stop making their product. "[Bayer] should care about the health and welfare of all people," she said. "Especially women and children in this country. If this many are reporting injuries, take it off the market. It's not working. These women were misled. They feel they were scammed."
ABC also reported on the disturbing statistics, saying that out of the 700,000 women who got the Essure procedure done, 800 have "filed adverse event reports with the FDA" since 2004.
Since Essure was given preemption status by the FDA upon its release, Brockovich has also said that her fight goes beyond just the women who had that birth control procedure. "Preemption is not about the Essure women — it affects all consumers," she said. "If someone had a medical device installed, there's no recourse for victims, and the company is protected. If there's a problem, the company gets a pass, because they have preemption. It dawned on me the consumer didn't know. The women didn't know that this existed."
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