Tuesday, October 23, 2012


What "Pro Life" Really Looks Like

From Eric C. Miller at Religion Dispatches:
According to Dr. Jeffery Peipert, the study's lead author, abortion rates can be expected to decline significantly—perhaps up to 75 percent—when contraceptives are made available to women free of charge. ...

Drawing on a sample of 9,000 St. Louis women—many of whom were uninsured—Peipert and his colleagues covered the costs of birth control, making a variety of options available free of charge. Once price was no longer a concern, many of the women opted for relatively expensive intrauterine devices (IUDs) which are among the most effective forms available:

The effect on teen pregnancy was striking: There were 6.3 births per 1,000 teenagers in the study. Compare that to a national rate of 34 births per 1,000 teens in 2010.

There also were substantially lower rates of abortion, when compared with women in the metro area and nationally: 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women in the study, compared with 13.4 to 17 abortions per 1,000 women overall in the St. Louis region, Peipert calculated. That's lower than the national rate, too, which is almost 20 abortions per 1,000 women. ...
Author Brian Alexander notes that, according to a 2011 study from the Guttmacher Institute, "unplanned pregnancies cost the United States a conservatively estimated $11 billion per year," money that may be saved simply by covering the cost of birth control.
Of course, the fact that universal access to contraception will greatly reduce abortions, save tons of money for society and reduce medical costs (why do you think there was no stink from the insurance industry when this provision was put in? ... they know it will save them money!) will not stop opposition to contraception coverage. It was never about "killing unborn children." Before Roe v. Wade, abortion was never treated as the equivalent of murder.

It is and has always been about controlling the sexuality of others, particularly women.

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Hi Dennis ...

Bye Dennis!
It is and has always been about controlling the sexuality of others, particularly women.

I'm not sure that control of men's sexuality is high on their agenda, after all we hear "Boys will be boys" and other equivalent excuses.

Women on the other hand...can't let those Slutty McSlut Sluts have an unpunished good time.
I'm not sure that control of men's sexuality is high on their agenda ...

Unless, of course, it's gay men.
Well, women, gay men -- and, as American history so tragically tells, black men -- are all seen as people whose sexuality needs to be controlled, including by violent means.

And yes, the fear of free range women is a huge motivator in this case.

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