The Contraception Contradiction
I won't go on a man-hating rant in this post... but following up on yesterday's post/discussion on birth control, society and what it's like to be single as a Catholic these days, this article struck home (plus, the author went to UW-Madison with me, so it has to be good!)
More proof that 1. Taxpayer-financed birth control isn't working to lower abortion rates; 2. Abortion will not end until contraception ends.
New York City is the abortion capital of America. More than 40 percent of pregnancies in New York City end in abortion (excluding miscarriages), nearly twice the national rate. The abortion rate among the city’s black residents is a jaw-dropping 60 percent. In 2009, New York City saw more than 87,000 abortions—one roughly every six minutes.Responding to questions about the city’s high abortion rate, Deborah Kaplan, deputy commissioner of NYC's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told Crain’s business journal, “To me, the problem is access. If we improved access to contraceptives, there would be a reduction in abortion.”Quinn and Kaplan were echoing the conventional wisdom about the relationships between contraception, unintended pregnancy, and abortion. The theory holds that since most abortions are the result of unintended pregnancies, efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies will reduce the number of abortions. And since contraceptives can reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, expanding access to contraceptives will lower the abortion rate.But that logic has not worked very well in practice. If New York City is the abortion capital of America, it is also the contraceptive capital of America. Free or low-cost birth control is available through dozens of publicly-funded programs at more than 200 places throughout New York state, most of them in New York City and its suburbs.The city’s health department distributes a pocket-size guide showing teenagers where they can get low-cost or free contraception, information that is also available on the city’s 311 phone and Internet hotlines. New York City hands out three million free condoms every month at thousands of venues. The city even has its own brand of condoms, NYC Condoms.
Read the rest at Catholic World Report.
Wisconsin hands out $18 million annually in state and federal taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood for birth control. STD infection rates are extremely high, teenage pregnancy in Milwaukee ranks in the highest in the nation, and you have Gwen Moore telling Congress that abortion is better for a poor baby than a lifetime spent eating Ramen noodles. Abortion will end when society's addiction to contraception does.