The Pill Kills again: Tragedy strikes as 21-year-old dies after 25 days on the pill
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2015-06-03

She died after 25 days on the pill. She was only 21. As in so many blood clot cases caused by birth control, she was misdiagnosed when she went to the hospital struggling to breathe and experiencing pain in her legs and ribs. She was sent home diagnosed with a bruised sternum. Four days later, she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. On May 14, three days after arriving at the hospital, she was pronounced dead. According to an article in Cosmopolitan, tests revealed a large blood clot in her lung. 

Her name was Fallan Kurek, and she worked with disabled children in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. She had started taking the pill—a combination oral contraceptive—to regulate her menstrual cycle. Why wasn’t Fallan warned about the possibility of blood clots that accompany pill use? Why did the hospital not immediately connect her symptoms to the contraceptive she had just started taking?

Fallan’s devastated mother was quoted in the Birmingham Mail: “She was only on it to regulate her periods. I couldn’t believe nobody had said the pill could do this. It should say it on the pack that they can kill, and the label.” 

Annually, one in every 3,000 women taking birth control pills will develop blood clots. It is well known throughout the medical community that the pill increases the risk for deadly blood clots. And that information is indeed printed on the very lengthy packet insert, which most women never read. But it is not displayed on the packet, the label, or any other prominent place. And even knowing of the possibility of blood clots, medical personnel didn’t connect the dots for Fallan Kurek. 

Fallan’s mother, Julia, wants to let the world know about the dangers of taking the pill. “This is all because of 25 days,” she said. Twenty-five days on the pill and another precious life was lost.

Women need to know the truth about the pill and other contraceptives. Young girls must be protected from contraceptive pushers. Join American Life League on June 6 for our National Day of Action to expose the perils of the pill. People from all walks of life and more than 40 sponsoring groups in 21 states will hit the streets and the Internet to educate about how the pill kills and injures women. 

For more information and to get involved, visit our website, ThePillKills.org. And be sure to help us take over Twitter with the message that the pill kills on June 6. By using the hashtag #ThePillKills, we can raise global awareness about the dangers of the pill and other contraceptives.