Birth Control vs Woman Control

How do we reduce the incidence of abortion in the US? The answer is right here…

A dramatic new study with implications for next month’s presidential election finds that offering women free birth control can reduce unplanned pregnancies — and send the abortion rate spiraling downward.

When more than 9,000 women ages 14 to 45 in the St. Louis area were given no-cost contraception for three years, abortion rates dropped from two-thirds to three-quarters lower than the national rate, according to a new report by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers.

From 2008 to 2010, annual abortion rates among participants in the Contraceptive Choice Project — dubbed CHOICE — ranged from 4.4 abortions per 1,000 women to 7.5 abortions per 1,000. That’s far less than the 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women nationwide reported in 2008, the latest year for which figures are available.
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Among teen girls ages 15 to 19 who participated in the study, the annual birth rate was 6.3 per 1,000 girls, far below the U.S. rate of 34.3 per 1,000 for girls the same age.

Why is this not a good thing? Because with effective birth control women might have sex without punishment. This is what is behind the anti-contraception and rape apology politics of the right wing of the Republican party. They do not want to stop crisis pregnancies– they’d be out of business. They do not want women to have legal recourse for the crime of rape. They want shame and silence. They do not want women to have birth control– they want men to have woman control. Patriarchy is our cultural inheritance, but evolution is real. The monstrous regiment of women will march over their politics of misery– they are on the wrong side of history.

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8 Responses to Birth Control vs Woman Control

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  2. joe says:

    You sometimes live in a fantasy world.Birth control can be purchased for about $10/month at Target or Walmart.I don’t see a problem with free contraception if someone really can’t afford even that amount.Better than having a child they can’t afford to support and much better than an abortion.I think you are out to lunch on the “women control”thing.
    I usually vote Republican and I don’t give a damn what women do regarding their sex lives.If they like to have a lot of sex,that’s their business,but they need to take precautions to prevent unwanted pregnancies instead of terminating them after they occur.
    The rape issue is ridiculous-no one should have to carry a pregnancy from a rape or incest.Most incest falls under rape anyway.
    The “monstrous regiment”?Where’d you get that expression?Some of those NOW people really are kind of monstrous and might have a hard time finding a servile willing sex partner.
    Just remember-your thoughts represent what you think-I can’t imagine you speak for anyone else.None of us can.

  3. truthspew says:

    I’m particularly intrigued by the opposition put forth by the Roman Catholic Church. First, they ban any type of abortion even though nature aborts defective fetuses at a pretty high rate all by itself.

    Then they ban contraception – but this is an easy one to figure out. They need to grow the flock. But there are a couple of factors that spell a declining influence for the church – there are now far fewer Catholics than there used to be, and the RC Church is losing the battle.

    I often wonder, if the church backed off the misogynistic and homophobic twaddle and maybe really wanted to HELP people, maybe they wouldn’t be in the situation they’re in now, with the Vatican itself running deficits on their budgets for several years now.

  4. Ninjanurse says:

    Joe, the key is in the article. The most effective forms of birth control, such as the IUD or hormonal implants, are several hundred dollars up front. And you can no more buy birth control pills without a prescription than Metoprolol. That’s cheap too, but doctors aren’t. Plan B emergency contraception is hard to price on the net– Planned Parenthood says it ranges from $10-50. I think locally it’s about $40. This study shows that long-acting birth control is effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies. You would think it would be a win/win for the anti-abortion people and the pro-choice. But there’s the fear that women, especially poor women, might exercise their freedom without fear and misery.
    The monstrous regiment is the words of John Knox, a preacher from the 1500’s, better known to the Religious Right at the good old days.

  5. joe says:

    My apologies for saying you censored my response-it just showed up in a different place.My whole point is that the bad old days of women’s suffrage struggles and some other injustices is really gone.The equal pay thing is a real issue,however,I support equal pay for equal work.It’s not something we should even be fighting over.

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