They Are Coming for Your Birth Control: “Contraception Doesn’t Reduce Abortion Even If Some Study Says It Does”

Note: Think that anti-choice politicians and activists aren’t trying to outlaw contraception?  Think again.  Follow along in an ongoing series that proves beyond a doubt that they really are coming for your birth control.

Access to contraception reduces unintended pregnancies. Preventing pregnancy reduces unintended pregnancy… It’s pretty simple. If women and their partners want to prevent pregnancy, there is much less chance there will be… a pregnancy.

This shouldn’t be something that needs to be debated. Yet somehow, we are still doing it. The most threatening development to the anti-choice movement now is the newest study showing unsurprisingly that when women are offered more access to contraception, especially longer-term contraception, the abortion rate goes down. The study was conducted by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and published October 4th in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. You know… peer-reviewed and stuff. Now it’s time for the birth control opponents to do what they do the best—dispute the study.

Michael New writes at LifeNews that the study is flawed; according to him, it wasn’t long enough, and it had the audacity to compare the rates of unintended pregnancy among the demographics of the population participating to the rate of unintended pregnancy among the demographic that didn’t participate.

However, the most convoluted explanation of why the study doesn’t prove anything is his rational that the participants were “self-selecting.”

Each of the 9,256 participants in the study was a volunteer. As such, women in the study very likely had a stronger desire to avoid a future pregnancy than women who declined to participate. Most research indicates that a desire to avoid pregnancy has a significant impact on the likelihood of becoming pregnant. As such, comparing the abortion rate and the birth rate of study participants to national and state averages is a flawed comparison. A better idea would have been to randomly select some percentage of the volunteers, inform them that they were not going to receive free contraception, but continue to track their births and abortions in exchange for some compensation. That would have allowed for a meaningful comparison between a treatment group and a control group.

Of course, the participants willingly took part. No one is forcing birth control on people who don’t want to be on it, either in the program or in the general population overall.  That’s the whole point of the no co-pay birth control mandate that is part of the Affordable Care Act—access to birth control FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PREVENT PREGNANCY.

CBS notes that, “Nearly half of the nation’s 6 million-plus pregnancies each year are unintended. An estimated 43 percent of them end in abortion. Low-income women are far more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy than their wealthier counterparts.” Yet anti-choice zealots are still doing everything they can to prevent women from getting access to the most reliable contraceptive methods out there, creating their own “analysis” to rebut anything that they don’t agree with.

They are seeking to block diminish the efficacy of birth control because… they are  coming for your birth control.

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  • nevervotegop

    Why does the GOP still exist? They will not accept fact or reason. They deny the most obvious scientific research and truths. They seem to live in a time in the 1850s, when women and minorities knew their place. Take 3 minutes to watch some of the most offensive teapublicans morph together like the mating ball of snakes that they are in this video………………

  • liberaldem

    The anti-choice and anti-contraception community cannot admit that contraception works. You would think, if they were sincerely interested in womens’ health that they could accept that contraception, properly used, does decrease unplanned pregnancies, hence it decreases the need for abortion. That they continue to try to discredit contraceptives is simply another indication that their real goal is to put women back where the anti-choice crowd wants them to be -back at home, at the mercy of their husbands. 

    After they limit access to birth control, just watch them go after women’s suffrage. After all, as long we have big, strong men in charge, why do we need to vote?

  • give-em-hell-mary

    Ann Coultergeist, who illegally voted in Florida, has advocated retracting our right to vote.

  • liberaldem

    Coultergeist must be a very angry person.  She seems to radiate anger,contempt and hate 24/7.  I do wonder why she hasn’ts jumped on the procreation bandwagon personally and popped out several little coulters-but then again, she’s one of those women who don’t have time for the policies that they espouse for everyone else, isn’t she?

  • bannedinchina

    Why contraception doesn’t prevent abortions  I mean, geez. I think religious zealtry more than blanketing Republicans is the real problem.