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Pro-life and Pro-Choice

Posted by Charles II on October 5, 2012

(Via ThinkProgress) JF Peipert et al., Obstetrics and Gynecology, 10/3/12

METHODS: We enrolled 9,256 adolescents and women at risk for unintended pregnancy into the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, a prospective cohort study of adolescents and women desiring reversible contraceptive methods. Participants were recruited from the two abortion facilities in the St. Louis region and through provider referral, advertisements, and word of mouth. Contraceptive counseling included all reversible methods but emphasized the superior effectiveness of LARC methods (IUDs and implants). All participants received the reversible contraceptive method of their choice at no cost. We analyzed abortion rates, the percentage of abortions that were repeat abortions, and teenage births.

RESULTS: We observed a significant reduction in the percentage of abortions that were repeat abortions in the St. Louis region compared with Kansas City and nonmetropolitan Missouri (P<.001). Abortion rates in the CHOICE cohort were less than half the regional and national rates (P<.001). The rate of teenage birth within the CHOICE cohort was 6.3 per 1,000, compared with the U.S. rate of 34.3 per 1,000.

CONCLUSION: We noted a clinically and statistically significant reduction in abortion rates, repeat abortions, and teenage birth rates. Unintended pregnancies may be reduced by providing no-cost contraception and promoting the most effective contraceptive methods.
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Before you file this under “Duh,” consider: one cannot be genuinely pro-life without being firmly pro-choice. Children who are chosen are desired, loved, and nurtured. Giving women the ability to choose when to have children means that the life they eventually bring into the world will be valued.

For some reason, the Catholic bishops have expended a great deal of energy in opposing the Affordable Care Act, which gives women the ability to choose, and thereby guaranteed more abortions and/or more unwanted children.

4 Responses to “Pro-life and Pro-Choice”

  1. This is what birth control advocates have known all along: If you want to reduce abortions, keep women from getting pregnant in the first place. But of course it’s not the abortions the anti-choice people hate: It’s the idea of sex outside of marriage, especially that sex which doesn’t result in pregnancies.

    • Charles II said

      I know.

      It has been a debate riddled with misinformation and hypocrisy. I wish pro-choicers would develop a stronger pro-life sense to their arguments. But the way to reduce abortion is not to legislate restrictions but to promote alternatives and to solve problems (like abuse of women and despair among the young) that contribute to abortion. This is deeply scriptural. Unfortunately, the blindest are often those who think they see.

  2. Dave Porter said

    The reason the bishops are fighting this culture war with everything they have is because sex and guilt are the only aspects of modern life over which they have any chance of asserting influence, claiming power, or maintaining any appearance of relevance. If they are exposed as having nothing whatsoever to contribute, they lose their reason for existence. Along with
    all those perks, to say nothing of any chance whatsoever of ever getting to wear Prada shoes.

    • Charles II said

      Most pro-lifers I know are not trying to control anyone nor do they hope to get Prada shoes out of the deal, Dave. I’m sure that many of the bishops have good motives.

      But it’s time for the culture wars to be over. Abortion is a symptom of unwanted pregnancies. It’s time to treat the underlying causes.

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