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.