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Amazing new stats on birth control and abortion

Two powerful new studies are in the headlines this morning that ought to spur a renewed societal commitment to promoting affordable, easy-to-access birth control for every woman who wants it.

#1 – Associated Press reports that:

“Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concluded Thursday, offering strong evidence for how a bitterly contested Obama administration policy could benefit women’s health.

The project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured. They were given their choice of a range of contraceptive methods at no cost – from birth control pills to goof-proof options like the IUD or a matchstick-sized implant.

When price wasn’t an issue, women flocked to the most effective contraceptives – the implanted options, which typically cost hundreds of dollars up-front to insert. These women experienced far fewer unintended pregnancies as a result, reported Dr. Jeffrey Peipert of Washington University in St. Louis in a study published Thursday.”

#2 – The Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that 47,000 women die each year worldwide from unsafe abortions.The group released a video highlighting worldwide disparities in access to reproductive health.

The study authors found that:

“the legality of abortion — unlike access to contraception — has absolutely no correlation to the abortion rate, since women have abortion procedures regardless of the law. In fact, some of the highest abortion rates in the world are in countries in Latin America and Africa, in places where abortion is highly restricted but where women have many unintended pregnancies because they lack adequate access to contraceptive services. On the other hand, some of the lowest abortion rates are in countries in western Europe, where modern contraceptives are more readily available and where abortion is safe, legal, and accessible.

Expanding access to contraception, rather than restricting abortion, will ultimately save women’s lives. As the video puts it, ‘It is the basic right of every woman to decide whether and when to have a child without having to put her health or her life at risk. It is time for all countries to make that right a reality.’”

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    October 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Interesting statistics, but it is not the role of the government to provide free birth control.

  2. Jeff S

    October 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Frank, the role of government is whatever we say it is. Providing for the health and welfare of its citizens seems pretty high on the list to me.

  3. wncgirl

    October 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Frank it is also not the role of govt. to be bought and paid for by a few powerful men. Funny how your side can rationalize even the most traitorous movements in America…

  4. wncgirl

    October 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    And the old adage ” cut off your nose to spite your face” seems to apply to most policies coming out of our inexperienced and incompetent Conservative leaders… less govt. unless you are a woman and then they will invade your most private and personal choices…heaven forbid they actually have to answer to NC voters for their destructive policies… gerrymandering has been very, very good to them.

  5. Frank Burns

    October 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    wncgal, you mean like George Soros? Go ahead and make your personal choices, I don’t care about what you choose, just don’t expect me to pay for them.

  6. Stephen

    October 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Frank, whose birth control do you think you’re being asked to pay for?

  7. Frances Jenkins

    October 5, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Has all the money been taken from rural area and given to the cities for Planned Parent? Are some women driving more than 60 miles for services? Name the salaries for the top ten Planned Parent employees. I think people will faint.