We are very excited to announce the release of something we’ve been working on for a long time: A Companion Booklet to the Hush Documentary!
This 20 page pamphlet includes quick reference facts, and many graphs and charts that are featured in the film, plus an extended bibliography of reference studies.
This is going to be extremely important for groups hosting the film to reference, for anyone who wants to access the research in the film, or for individuals that just want to Start A Healthy Conversation with a friend!
Because our first run of the booklets was very small, the price on the printing was quite high, so we will be lowering this as soon as possible – but we just couldn’t wait to release it! If you’re ordering a DVD or hosting a screening, make sure to add one of these on!
You’ll get educated extremely fast on the most important women’s health information revealed in the film, including quick sections on:
“The Indirect Effect of Abortion and Breast Cancer Risk”
“Biology of Breast Development”
“The Independent Effect of Abortion and Breast Cancer Risk”
“What about Miscarriage and Preterm Birth?”
“Abortion and Premature Birth”
“Abortion and Extreme Premature Birth”
“Abortion and Psychological effects”
Recently some have wondered what our response is to critics of the film who claim that the film is biased or misleading. So for the sake of those who are concerned about the legitimacy of the film, here is our public response:
“The production team of HUSH stands behind the fact that we did everything in our power to create a balanced and honest documentary. Working with a team that included a Pro-Choice Director, Neutral Producer/Editor, and Pro-Life Executive Producer was not easy, but it caused us to second guess every bit of research, every interviewee, and every edit. We are very proud of the approach that we’ve taken that is neither anti-abortion nor pro-abortion, and responses from viewers at international screenings have found this to be evident. HUSH allows viewers to maintain their personal views on the morality and legality of abortion, just as we three have maintained our personal views.
The scientific presentation of the film has yet to be addressed or contradicted by any critic, instead some critics have attempted to attack the legitimacy and motivations of the investigation. But we were thoroughly aware throughout the Production process of the individuals we were interviewing and how many have been related to either anti-abortion or abortion-defense agendas, and the film has attempted to be explicit about those biases for the sake of the audience. It is truly regrettable that we were not able to get more interviews from important organizations who have made statements on these issues. Instead we were forced to present in the film the wall of request denials that we faced which included the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Royal College of Obstetrician Gynecologists, Planned Parenthood, Guttmacher Institute, the World Health Organization, the Komen foundation and many other Breast Cancer organizations, multiple individual abortion clinics in the U.S. and Canada, and a large number of specific researchers who had published studies around these subjects. In spite of denying to speak, we attempted to take the views of these organizations and include them in the presentation. If there is an imbalance of interviewees in the film, this is why; the ‘hush’ around this subject was evident.
The main goal of HUSH is to advocate for more research, better research, and more balanced research, rather than a closed and shut case to these topics as is often claimed. As with any documentary, it should be viewed with an open-mind, and taken with a grain of salt. We hope to encourage thoughtful and healthy discussion, disagreement, questioning and further research from our audiences.”
This October, do something meaningful for Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Host a screening of HUSH
With billions of dollars spent every year on breast cancer research why do we have 50% more Breast Cancer cases now than we did in the 70s? An international award winning documentary called HUSH reports that certain breast cancer information is not being shared with women because it’s politically incorrect to do so. For instance; scientists have known for years that having children at a young age is protective against breast cancer. And the earlier you have a child the more protection there is; and conversely, your risk of breast cancer increases the later you have children or if you don’t have children at all. (No children seems to have about the same risk level as having a child at 30, having a child over 30 increases risk beyond that point) (see the NCI’s – Reproductive History Fact Sheet https://www.cancer.gov/…/ho…/reproductive-history-fact-sheet), But why is this biological fact something that almost never gets mentioned during ‘breast cancer awareness month’?
Producer Joses Martin says; “The Abortion Breast Cancer link; that’s disputed, that’s controversial, but the amount of important, undisputed Breast Cancer information in this film, that every woman should know is unbelievable. Every woman that watches it is affected in a different way, because every woman is different. Some have said “Wow, I had my kids later in life and I had no idea that I was at a higher risk of Breast Cancer”, and others have said “I had my children young, but I didn’t realize that smoking at a young age was so detrimental.” That’s more than just general ‘awareness’, that’s real health information that is directly affecting the lives of women and encouraging informed decisions like knowing how your choices affect your breast cancer risk and being responsive to it. We’re very proud of the effect this film has, that goes way beyond the controversial topic of abortion.”
Visit www.hushfilm.com to organize a screening or to watch the film.
Last week the Producer of HUSH released some of the specific information that HUSH has uncovered in a challenge for health organizations to respond.
Today we received another stock response back from the National Cancer Institute, where they again point to the same old 2003 conference and their website infosheet. We’re hoping that they actually watch the film this time and respond directly to it!
– Check it out below, and the Producer’s email response that calls them out for their hackneyed dismissal:
NEW EMAIL FROM HUSH TO NCI:
Subject: re:Important Challenge to Health Organizations
On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 3:41 PM,
Thank you for your response Bill, but you have not specifically addressed ANY of the information in this email request and certainly have not watched the documentary. In fact, it appears that this is just another stock response from the organization that we received prior to completing the documentary. We are very well aware of the NCI’s 2003 conference, and those we interviewed in the film have called that event ‘a sham’ claiming that ‘one day the NCI will look back in embarrassment at that event’.
The Director of the film, who herself had a late term miscarriage just prior to 32 weeks is concerned about her own breast cancer risk, and not at all satisfied with a stock, blanket statement response that claims ‘miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer’, when clearly you have stated that ‘exposure of breast tissue to estrogen made in the body’ is a known risk of breast cancer, and pregnancy itself is a known cause of increased estrogen being made in the body! This is a very serious discrepancy in your own response.
I can tell that you have not even read the specific challenges we have put out, because for example you state: “The evidence overall still does not support early termination of pregnancy as a cause of breast cancer.” When what we have particularly asked for you to address is not early termination, but late termination. 4 out of 4 studies that we found to have looked at this find this result, including at least 2 of the studies that you are personally referencing when you say that ‘better designed studies have been conducted’ that supposedly found no risk altogether (Melbye & Ye).
It also is of concern that when you list what is known about ” factors known to increase a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer” you do not mention reproductive issues whatsoever, such as breast feeding being known to be protective, early-child birth as being protective, and nulliparity (having no children) as increasing risk, in spite of the fact that these are acknowledged by the NCI here: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/hormones/reproductive-history-fact-sheet
Again, I would ask that you please respond to these issues directly, by having someone from your organization review the investigation that was done publicly in the documentary film HUSH. We would be happy to send a private link to view the film, or a DVD copy of the film to do so. Without watching the full film, you will not be able to address the very specific concerns of women worldwide.
Thank you very much for your time,
On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 2:31 PM, NCI Cancer.gov Staff wrote:
Dear Mr. Martin:
Your e-mail to National Institute of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins informing him about your documentary film about studies that show a link between abortion and breast cancer has been forwarded to this office for response. We hope the following information is helpful.
The NCI, a component of the NIH, is the Nation’s principal agency for cancer research and is responsible for coordinating the National Cancer Program. NCI regularly reviews and analyzes the scientific literature on many topics, including various risk factors for breast cancer.
A woman’s hormone levels normally change throughout her life for a variety of reasons, and these hormonal changes can lead to changes in her breasts. Many such hormonal changes occur during pregnancy, changes that may influence a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer later in life. As a result, over several decades a considerable amount of research has been and continues to be conducted to determine whether having an induced abortion, or a miscarriage (also known as spontaneous abortion), influences a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer later in life.
You may be interested to know that in February 2003, the NCI convened a workshop of over 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk. Workshop participants reviewed existing population-based, clinical, and animal studies on the relationship between pregnancy and breast cancer risk, including studies of induced and spontaneous abortions. They concluded that having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer. Gaps in research knowledge for each scientific area are identified, and recommendations for future research directions are provided. A summary of their findings can be found in the Summary Report: Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer Workshop.
The relationship between induced and spontaneous abortion and breast cancer risk has been the subject of extensive research beginning in the late 1950s. Until the mid-1990s, the evidence was inconsistent. Findings from some studies suggested there was no increase in risk of breast cancer among women who had had an abortion, while findings from other studies suggested there was an increased risk. Most of these studies, however, were flawed in a number of ways that can lead to unreliable results. Only a small number of women were included in many of these studies, and for most, the data were collected only after breast cancer had been diagnosed, and women’s histories of miscarriage and abortion were based on their self-report rather than on their medical records. Since then, better-designed studies have been conducted. These newer studies examined large numbers of women, collected data before breast cancer was found, and gathered medical history information from medical records rather than simply from self-reports, thereby generating more reliable findings. The evidence overall still does not support early termination of pregnancy as a cause of breast cancer. This information can be found in the NCI fact sheet “Abortion, Miscarriage, and Breast Cancer Risk” at http://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/abortion-miscarriage-risk.
At present, the factors known to increase a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer include older age, a personal history of breast cancer, a family history of breast cancer, inherited gene changes, dense breasts, exposure of breast tissue to estrogen made in the body, taking hormone therapy for symptoms of menopause, radiation therapy to the breast or chest, obesity, drinking alcohol, and being white. This information can be found in NCI’s “Breast Cancer Prevention (PDQ®)–Patient Version” at http://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/patient/breast-prevention-pdq#section/all.
You may also wish to explore the “Factors and Interventions With Adequate Evidence of No Association” section of NCI’s “Breast Cancer Prevention (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version” at http://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/hp/breast-prevention-pdq#link/_643_toc. This summary includes references and links to the PubMed abstracts.
Please be aware that the information provided does not constitute medical or legal advice.
Thank you for writing.
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Cancer Institute
From: Joses Martin
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2016 1:54 PM
Subject: Important Challenge to Health Organizations
A new documentary film from Canada released last Friday is of great concern to your organization because it is challenging health organizations including the NCI, RCOG, ACOG, WHO, CCS, ACS, CDC and more, to address the findings of its investigation into women’s reproductive history in relation to Breast Cancer risks & Premature Birth risks. What the film finds is a consistent array of simple facts that seem to have been overlooked, and often just not communicated to women publicly due to their politically incorrect nature. So much so, that many from these organizations denied us an interview, which is now presented publicly in the film.
Here is what the documentary finds that seems to disagree with many public statements made until now –
HUSH FACT 1 – Having an extreme preterm birth prior to 32 weeks increases risk of breast cancer. (3 out of 3 studies that we found to have looked at this find this)
HUSH FACT 2 – Having a late term abortion of a first pregnancy increases risk of breast cancer. (4 out of 4 studies that we found to have looked at this find this)
HUSH FACT 3 – Having an abortion prior to having a child seems to show an increased breast cancer risk, especially prior to 20 years old.
HUSH FACT 4 – Surgical vacuum aspiration abortion, which is still the most common type of abortion, is associated with an increased risk of extreme premature birth in future pregnancies, and multiple prior abortions is particularly of concern. (3 out of 3 meta-analysis studies we found to have looked at this, show this. This is admitted to by the RCOG as well as in the 2006 IOM report but it remains uncommunicated with women on a broad scale.)
AND FINALLY – That more study is needed in all these areas to clarify more specifics.
The film itself backs up these claims directly with important studies that are explored and presented in the midst of the investigation.
We believe that this constitutes serious misconduct by health organizations who have looked at these subjects for many years and failed to find or communicate these important health facts to women, while the lay-people and filmmakers involved in the film (from a wide range of political backgrounds) have found these facts to be clear. The film is now being presented to media, government and the public worldwide, which is why I’d like to offer you a chance to look at and respond to the information presented in it. I would be happy to provide you a free digital viewing if you contact me here to request, or you can view the film by renting or purchasing online through www.hushfilm.com.
Thank you for your time,
Since the official release of the film on July 1, we’ve had a ton of great reviews from online magazines, bloggers and more! Check some of them out:
New VLOG post shows HUSH Producer Joses Martin issuing a challenge to health organizations everywhere to respond to the specific women’s health information uncovered in the documentary that directly oppose statements that they have made publicly. The documentary finds that organizations such as the National Cancer Institute have made unscientific extremist statements that altogether dismiss further investigation around the subject of pregnancy termination and breast cancer risk.
From the video linked above:
“HUSH is a documentary that uncovers an array of important women’s health information that has been either hidden by fears of political correctness, or completely covered up by political agenda. Until now.
Let me give you an example; did you know that having a child, and especially having a child under 20 years old is significantly more protective against breast cancer for women compared to having a child over 30, or not having a child at all? No doctor or scientist anywhere will argue this with you. It’s true, it’s established. But most of them won’t communicate this information with you. Why? Because they don’t want to ‘tell women what to do’. They’re scared of stepping on the toes of feminist progress. Makes sense. But shouldn’t women at least know this information so they can make informed choices for their life? Shouldn’t we all know this?
This is just one of the things that HUSH looks at, but the same thing applies in the connections that HUSH reveals between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer, an increased risk of future premature birth, and psychological problems for some groups of women. To many this sounds like just another attack on women’s reproductive rights, which would be true if the information was wrong, or stated in an extreme, agenda driven way, but if it’s accurate, true, and honest, then women should know it and men should know it too.
So what do we ‘uncover’ in the film?
HUSH FACT 1 – Having an extreme preterm birth prior to 32 weeks increases risk of breast cancer
HUSH FACT 2 – Having a late term abortion increases risk of breast cancer
HUSH FACT 3 – Having an abortion prior to having a child is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, especially prior to 20 years old.
HUSH FACT 4 – Surgical vacuum aspiration abortion, which is still the most common type of abortion, is associated with an increased risk of extreme premature birth in future pregnancies, and multiple prior abortions is particularly of concern.
HUSH FACT 5 – Feeling pressured by others or conflicted about having an abortion, having a moral opposition to abortion, having multiple abortions, having an abortion at a young age, or having a late term abortion, put you in a higher risk category for psychological problems post abortion.
HUSH FACT 6 – That more study is needed in all these areas to clarify more specifics.
Instead of an argument, we want to help start a healthy conversation.”
The Wait Is Over!
We are pleased to announce that Hush is now available worldwide on DVD, Blu-ray and online Digital Rental. To order a copy of the film, click here.
To rent a digital version of Hush click here.
Pre-orders, as well as Crowd Funding supporters DVD’s are being shipped out this week.
Thank you for your patience to those of you who are eagerly awaiting your shipments!
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PRESS RELEASE March 8 2016:
Celebrating International Women’s Day Tuesday March 8th, the World Documentary Film Festival Golden Award winning film on women’s reproductive health, titled, HUSH, was to screen at Canada’s University of Winnipeg.
HUSH was scheduled by a group of women touring the film, with the support of the campus ‘Global College’ a Human Rights and Social Issues advocacy group. The documentary explores controversial effects of abortion on women’s health.
However, a day before the event Hush Tour Director, Tasha Deschambault received the unexpected news that the ‘Global College’ group had backed away from the commitment and the University had reversed its decision to screen the film; when she pursued further to see if anything could be done she received e-mail from Marina Britten, the Event Co-Ordinator at the U of W, saying: “Unfortunately, due to the content of the film, our President’s office is not comfortable hosting this event on campus at this time.” University President, Dr. Annette Trimbee, was not available for comment when contacted.
This denail gained some attention from CTV News, and The Rebel Media, who even started a petition to get the film back into the U of W, and to stop us from being Hushed on future campuses!
Check out the full story and sign with us here! http://www.therebel.media/accesstoinformation
“Of course we are disappointed that a Canadian university, where freedom of speech and open discord should occur on issues pertaining to women’s health has not welcomed us. The film is all about opening conversation across pro-life and pro-choice boundaries by asking if women’s health has taken a back seat to ideology and politics of abortion. It’s sad that we have been denied the opportunity to simply encourage a healthy conversation. The denial was a mistake, and a travesty.” says the Producer of HUSH, Joses Martin. “This is a violation of both women’s rights as it relates to freedom of speech, and access to information about women’s health issues, particularly disconcerting given the fact that today is International Women’s Day.” Scheduled as a panelist at the University of Winnipeg this International Women’s Day, from New Jersey,(USA), is former Medical Research Analyst, Eve Silver, of Clear Research. (2006 Maya Angelou ‘Phenomenal Woman’ Award winner). Silver lectures internationally on abortion health risk information. Says Silver, ” Sponsored by Australian NGO Endeavour Forum, I will have the honor to Chair the screening of the HUSH film documentary, myself, for the women of the world, at the United Nations’ 60th Session of the Commision on the Status of Women, in New York City, on March 23rd, just a few weeks from now. It is astonishing to learn that Canada’s University of Winnipeg denies its students the right to view HUSH, a balanced, pro-information film. It is the global right of all women to be aware of this critical information.”
Screening the award winning documentary across Canada are a group of intrepid women, Under Hush Canada University Film Tour’s Director, Tasha Deschambault. These women, took it upon themselves to share the film at universities across Canada, and the United States, because of their personal convictions that the information in the film is important to share. They have all had abortions themselves. “The information about the risks of premature birth would have been critical for me to have when I became pregnant after my two abortions. Because I was living in a village at the time and the closest birthing hospital was over an hour away. I din’t know that premature birth was a possible risk factor. So I treated my pre-mature labour sigbns as Braxton Hicks conntractions. But I was in fact in labour and so I waited too long to go to the hospital. So shortly after his birth his systems began to crash. He was hooked up to multiple machines and continues to have issues with his lungs as a result. And it wasn’t until I watched the film that I had some idea of why this may have happened. I don’t know if I would have changed my mind at the time of my abortions but I would have at least been aware of the risks of premature birth and gone to the hospital right away and saved my son from having lung problems.”
“HUSH is a refreshing, uncompromising film that stalls political and
religious views on the subject of abortion, rather, it systematically reviews the health issues surrounding abortion from a pro-women and pro-information position.” says, Tasha Deschambault. Director/writer, Punam Gill from Alberta, Canada, has described herself as being pro-choice but presents the compelling, global scale
findings of the documentary as essential news that should be shared with all women, everywhere, as essential health information that is their right to know.
The group plans on finding a location off campus to play the film, and continue its preview tour to many Canadian Universities throughout the month of March.
HUSH is currently raising funds to support the tour and international release of the film through crowdfunding.
LOS ANGELES – “HUSH”, a feature documentary by Indo-Canadian Director Punam Kumar Gill, Executive Producer Drew Martin, and Editor/Producer Joses Martin, made its worldwide festival premiere at the LA Femme International Film Festival, Thursday, October 15th at 8PM at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills. LA Femme brands itself as “Films by women, for everyone.” The film that looks into claims of long-term negative health side-effects of the elective, medical procedure of abortion, was met with a packed theater and overwhelming support from a wide range of audience members. “The best thing was the conversations that happened on the street after the film. Across politics, and ideologies, women were opening up about their reproductive history – miscarriages, premature births, child birth or abortion.” shared Producer Joses Martin “To listen to that open, non-judgemental conversation was unbelievable. I think that everyone walks away from watching the film with a more open mind than they had going in.”
From there the film went on to win awards at WorldFest in Houston, and the World Documentary Awards in Jakarta, Indonesia.