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Faces of E-Free: Lisa Conti — Pennsylvania


— December 24, 2015

Once again, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) took the House floor to tell the story of a woman injured by Bayer’s “permanent” birth control product, Essure. Lisa Conti’s story is the latest in Rep. Fitzpatrick’s “Faces of E-Free” series.


Once again, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) took the House floor to tell the story of a woman injured by Bayer’s “permanent” birth control product, Essure. Lisa Conti’s story is the latest in Rep. Fitzpatrick’s “Faces of E-Free” series.

The Essure medical device has harmed over 25,000 women since it’s market debut in the early 2000s. In addition to the metal coils breaking, migrating and causing organ perforation, the damage includes:

  • Extreme abdominal and pelvic pain
  • Migraines
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Teeth and hair loss

Essure

Many women, such as Lisa Conti, have lost jobs, time with family and marriages. Four women and five unborn children have died and their deaths have been attributed to Essure.

Rep. Fitzpatrick authored the bipartisan E-Free Act (H.R. 3920) which, when passed, would make the FDA remove the Essure device from the market. The Act will also strip Bayer of the product’s pre-market approval (PMA) status, allowing victims to bring legal

Rep. Fitzpatrick’s statement follows:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to tell the story of ­Lisa Conti one of the tens of thousands of women harmed by the permanent sterilization device, Essure.

In 2010, ten months after the birth of her son, Lisa underwent the Essure procedure. Her doctor said it was a safe, non-surgical procedure with no down timethe perfect option for a single mother. Unfortunately, like so many others, following the failure of the device Lisa now lives with chronic pain, multiple surgeries and depression. What was supposed to be a simple procedure has cost her jobs, time with her children and years of her life.

I rise as a voice for the Essure Sisters. To tell this Chamber that their stories are real. Their pain is real. Their fight is real.

Mr. Speaker, my bill, the E-Free Act can halt this tragedy by removing this dangerous device from the market. Too many women have been harmed.

I urge my colleagues to join in this fightbecause stories like Lisa’s are too important to ignore.”

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Faces of E-Free: Lisa Conti — Pennsylvania

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