Gee … Prevention Actually Prevents Things.

Got this from Reuters … it’s an article about how over the last few decades, the pregnancy and abortion rate for women in their 20s has dropped.  Here are some of the stats:

Pregnancy rates for U.S. women in their early 20s fell approximately 18 percent from 198.5 in 1000 to 163 in 1000 from 1990 to 2008.

Their abortion rate dropped by 32 percent from 56.7 in 1000 to 38.4 in 1000.

Pregnancy rates for women between 25 and 29 dropped 6 percent during the same time period to 167.9 in 1,000, according to statistics in the report.

Their abortion rate fell to 28.6 per 1,000 in 2008, from 33.9 per 1,000 in 1990.

A report by the Guttmacher Institute released in February, based on government statistics, showed the teen abortion rate was down 59 percent in 2008 compared with 1988, and that in 2008 the teen pregnancy rate had fallen 42 percent compared to 1990.

This is because younger women are postponing having children until they complete school or become somewhat more financially stable.  Also, not surprisingly, they are making use of more effective and reliable birth control methods – especially combined methods like condoms and hormonal contraception.

Recent research concluded that almost all of the decline in the pregnancy rate between 1995 and 2002 among 18–19-year-olds was attributable to increased contraceptive use. (1) Among women aged 15–17, about one-quarter of the decline during the same period was attributable to reduced sexual activity and three-quarters to increased contraceptive use. (1)

1. Santelli JS et al., Explaining recent declines in adolescent pregnancy in the United States: the contribution of abstinence and improved contraceptive use, American Journal of Public Health, 2007, 97(1):150–156.

You know, the very things so vehemently opposed by the Catholic Church and evangelical pro-lifers like Jill Stanek because it kills babies and encourages people to “have sex without worrying about the consequences” … or something.  I refuse to link to her blog.  I feel dirty just going over there …  *washes hands, rinses out eyes*.

I’m wandering into the Land of Broken Records again, but if the people who beat their chests and rattle their sabers about saving the precious babies and valuing the sanctity of human life, you think they would make even some token gesture to help these children and their mothers after they’re born (and maybe stop being so damned hawkish overseas?).  According to the common social conservative mantra, life begins at conception … but it apparently ends at birth.  It makes sense, of course, since this issue for many people is not – and never has been – about preserving life; it’s about punishing sex.  Specifically, it’s about punishing and demonizing female sexuality, which has been a practice of all of the Abrahamic religions from the word ‘go’.  The fact that we still have echoes of that barbarism still present today is a grim testament to its tenacity.

Anyway … I added a link to the February Guttmacher report – the brief, at least – in the first block quote above as only a reference for now, but I’m probably going to go through it and the full report (the second link) soon and make a separate post about it.  That kind of research meshes pretty well with the rest of my material, and it provides a brief respite from talking about how much god supposedly hates gay people.

Oh, speaking of which …

I am going into sugar shock.

Of course, this probably means people have pulled the usual crap like boycotting Oreo for “caving in to the homosexual agenda”.

Hey, let ’em.  More for me.

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5 Responses to Gee … Prevention Actually Prevents Things.

  1. Dan Adler says:

    I can’t help but be amused at how they’re phrasing the figures in this article. “28.6 in 1000” sounds like a lot more than “2.86 percent”

    Other than that nit-pick (which is at them, not at you), I like this one a lot.

    And I love the oreo, of course. Screw more for you. They’re MINE! (cuz they have teh GAY in ’em)

    • Yeah, I actually had half a mind to convert to percentages, but then they discussed percent drop in these rates from previous decades, and I decided it would just confuse the issue. I’m guessing that’s why they write it that way too.

      I wonder if they’re going to make rainbow Oreos …

  2. C.diff says:

    Between this and the Pac-Man anniversary Oreo I saw on the back of a Spanish version of the Kraft magazine…I’m not going to sleep until I get an Oreo or twelve.

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