A new study called “The Contraceptive Choice Project” outlined in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology tracked over 9,000 women in St. Louis and found free birth control led to drastically lower rates of abortion and births by teen moms. The study gave a range of free birth control options to poor and uninsured women (those at the greatest risk for an unplanned pregnancy) between 2007 and 2011.
Access to birth control, including the most effective, implanted options — meant women had fewer abortions: 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women in the study. Not only is that lower than the national average of 20 abortions per 1,000 women but lower than the abortion rate for women in St. Louis, which is 13.4 to 17 abortions per 1,000 women. The Obstetrics & Gynecology study, published yesterday, predicted that one abortion could be prevented for every 79 to 137 women being given free contraception. Keep reading »
It’s getting to be quite the week for years-old videos to come back and bite candidates, and the latest victim is one Todd Akin, the would-be junior Missouri senator of ”legitimate rape” fame. Seems Akin gave a speech in 2008, in which he compares abortion to slavery and calls abortion providers “terrorists.” He then goes on to describe the “bottom-of-the-food-chain … pit[s]” that they supposedly work in. “You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking,” he explains. “Not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things, misuse of anesthetics so that people die or almost die. All of these things are common practice, and all of that information is available for America.” Read more…
Sony released a 25th anniversary remastered edition of Michael Jackson’s Bad this week, and among the eight previously unreleased songs is … an anti-abortion anthem. “Song Groove,” aka “Abortion Papers,” includes lyrics like, “Those abortion papers / Signed in your name against the words of God / Those abortion papers / Think about life, I’d like to have my child.” At Slate, Amanda Marcotte deems it “a Christianity-heavy screed.” And at Wonkette, Jesse Taylor points out, “Hey, if you abort ‘em, you can’t dangle ‘em.” But Taylor and Marcotte also agree—the song is oddly “catchy.” Read more (and listen to the song!)…
Hello, 2012 election! Here’s your friendly reminder that reproductive rights issues are not as black and white (i.e. BAD BAD BAD) as anti-abortion extremists might think. In fact, sometimes the families of politicians themselves need … you know … choices.
Noted politics website TMZ has exclusively learned that the gestational surrogate used by Tagg Romney, son of Mitt Romney, signed an “abortion clause” in her gestational carrier agreement. The anonymous woman carried twin boys, born in May 2012, for Tagg and Jen Romney. But back in July 2011, both the couple and their surrogate signed a gestational carrier agreement which agreed the surrogate could choose to abort the fetus if harm would be done to her body and the Romneys could choose to abort if the fetus would be “physiologically, genetically or chromosomally abnormal.” Keep reading »
Even though India worships female goddesses, some of India’s expectant mothers have been pressured by a culture that privileges males into aborting their female fetuses. Authorities believe eight million girls may have been aborted in India in the last decade alone. Now the government is taking charge and planning to jail entire families for up to seven years if they abort a fetus just because it’s female. Additionally, clinicians will be fined from 1000 Rupees or sentenced to three years in prison if found performing ultrasounds to ascertain the sex of the fetus. Keep reading »