19 Jan “Increased access to contraception decreases abortion.” Since when?
“Forty-one percent of all pregnancies end in abortion in New York City” has been a reoccurring headline over the last few weeks. You add that to the Guttmacher Institute’s recent release of abortion statistics telling us that the nationwide abortion rate has gone up one percent – and you have fertile ground for the pro-abortion folks to push discussions on the need for more contraception. Sharon Camp, president of the Guttmacher Institute, was quick to point out that this should serve as an “urgent message” to policymakers to ramp up access to contraception.
But is Sharon Camp correct? Increased access and use of contraception = less unintended pregnancies = less abortion. Sounds logical, but is that what really happens?
Turns out it’s the opposite – the more widespread the use of contraception, the higher the abortion rate. International Planned Parenthood has known this since the 1970s:
“Abortion and contraception are inextricably intertwined in their use. As the idea of family planning spreads through a community there appears to be a rise in the incidence of induced abortion at the point where the community begins to initiate the use of contraceptives.” –Malcom Potts, former medical director for International Planned Parenthood Federation
Surprisingly, even the Supreme Court has argued that abortion and contraception go hand in hand stating that Americans for “two decades of economic and social developments, have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.” Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992)
It’s going to take a little more than a call for “increased contraception” to bring the abortion rate down.
- Abortion will not decrease as long as there continues to be a cavalier attitude towards sex and marriage is relegate to a thing of the past.
- Abortion will not decrease until unborn children are more highly valued than convenience.
- Abortion will not decrease until the unborn are accepted and valued as full members of the human family.
Perhaps Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has it right:
“America won’t reject abortion until America sees abortion.”