Recent blog posts here have discussed why tax monies should never go to Planned Parenthood, and specifically in Kansas, Title X “family planning” money. We would prefer that all such money be used for disease screening and prenatal care, instead of contraceptive shots, devices and pills.
(Update June 14: Planned Parenthood’s stealth grab for more federal tax money.)
In every nation where contraception is increased, abortion has never decreased. Sexually permissive, contraceptive-friendly “blue” states have significantly higher abortion rates than “red” states, according to data from both the Centers for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood’s research arm). That is because increased contraception does not reduce pregnancy:
- 54% of abortion-seeking U.S. women were using contraception when they became pregnant;
- in the first year of contraceptive use, over 16% of teens will become pregnant;
- 47% of cohabiting, contracepting teens will get pregnant;
- increased access to contraception gives teens a false sense of security, leading to earlier onset of sexual activities, more sex partners and thus counteracting any intended reduction in pregnancy.
Princeton analyzed 23 studies conducted through 2006 to show if abortion rates and access to emergency contraception (“EC” or “morning-After” pills) are related. Not even one study showed that EC reduced abortion. Studies in UK and Sweden verify that increased promotion and distribution of EC and contraception has failed to lower pregnancy and abortion rates.
- Women who take oral contraceptives before their first pregnancy raise their risk of breast cancer 44-52 % according to a review of 23 international studies by Dr. Chris Kahlenborn.
- The World Health Organization and a New Zealand study showed that Depo-Provera injections (ever-increasingly popular with teens) is associated with a statistically significant 190 % increased risk of breast cancer when used more than 3 years prior to the age 25 .
- Johnson and Johnson recalled the Ortho Evra birth-control patch in 2008 after spending over $68.7 million to settle hundreds of lawsuits from women who suffered blood clots, heart attacks or strokes.
Testing has never been done for how contraceptive hormones effect a woman’s lifetime supply of eggs, which get bathed in these chemicals. Even environmental concerns have increasingly been raised about the biological effects on humans and other life-forms (“inter-sex fish”) from man-made steroids flooding the water supply.
So, share some of these facts to rebut the taunt that pro-lifers should at least agree to help reduce abortion by increasing contraception.