e! Science News:
Providing birth control to women at no cost substantially reduced unplanned pregnancies and cut abortion rates by 62 percent to 78 percent over the national rate, a new study shows. The research, by investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, appears online Oct. 4 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Among a range of birth control methods offered in the study, most women chose long-acting methods like intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants, which have lower failure rates than commonly used birth control pills. In the United States, IUDs and implants have high up-front costs that sometimes aren't covered by health insurance, making these methods unaffordable for many women.
"The impact of providing no-cost birth control was far greater than we expected in terms of unintended pregnancies," says lead author Jeff Peipert, MD, PhD, the Robert J. Terry Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "We think improving access to birth control, particularly IUDs and implants, coupled with education on the most effective methods has the potential to significantly decrease the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions in this country."
Gee this is what Planned Parenthood has been saying for decades.
If pro-life advocates REALLY cared about reducing abortions they would stop vilifying women and their doctors, and instead throw all of their resources behind better education for young women and better access to contraception.
But of course they won't, because that would necessitate using intelligence instead of reacting in an emotional and ridiculous way to a problem that they can then use as a political wedge issue.
I think we should spread this information far and wide, with the headline "President Obama: The REAL Anti-Abortion candidate!"