When I got pregnant, I was only 17 and pretty scared. In other words, I feel compassion for people who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies and who are dealing with issues they’ve never had to consider.
I wrote about the moment I realized I was pregnant in my book “Not Afraid of Life:”
Baby. Just the thought of it was so staggering. I wasn’t afraid of taking care of one, because I’d taken care of Willow, Piper, and my cousins for years. The scary part was being a teen mom. Being alone. Being a disappointment to my family.
Of course, you know the rest of the story. I know I did the right thing in having Tripp, and it looks like many other people are deciding to have their babies too!
On Wednesday, the CDC announced that abortion rates have decline 5%. What a wonderful development – it was a great thing to find out during Thanksgiving Week!
Okay so Nancy/Bristol sort of insinuates that the reason for the lower abortion rate is that young woman, who have found themselves with an unexpected pregnancy, are choosing to have their babies rather than terminate their pregnancies. Which is what Bristol claims were the circumstances surrounding HER pregnancy with Tripp.(Though that is factually inaccurate since SHE had actually been trying to get pregnant as revealed first by Mercede Johnston and later by Levi in HIS book "Deer in the Headlights.")
However the study she cites by the CDC says the following:
Unintended pregnancy is the major contributor to abortion. Because unintended pregnancies are rare among women who use the most effective methods of reversible contraception, increasing access to and use of these methods can help further reduce the number of abortions performed in the United States. The data in this report can help program planners and policy makers identify groups of women at greatest risk for unintended pregnancy and help guide and evaluate prevention efforts.
In other words the CDC identifies the cause for the reduction in the number of abortions to better education and access to birth control, NOT to simply choosing to have the babies as suggested by Nancy/Bristol's blog post. And that is indeed backed up with data concerning the number of births in the United States as well which are down for the fourth year in a row.
Though I am sure that Nancy/Bristol would love to take credit for the reduction of abortions in this country, it would appear that the numbers changed despite the fact that Bristol became a pseudo celebrity by glorifying teen pregnancy, and promoting the abstinence only approach to teen pregnancy, which has proved to be especially ineffective at reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies.
However let me just add that I am ALSO very pleased that the number of abortions is down in this country, as well as the birthrate, and hope that trend continues DESPITE the efforts of snotty little "celebutards" to provide harmful and negative examples to the youth of America.