I’ve seen a couple of references online to a recent study showing “US abortion rates plummet with free birth control.”
But that’s really beside the point. While a lot of the focus is on the horrors of killing babies, when presented with an effective way of reducing that number, a lot of abortion rights opponents are strangely unmoved. Or, it’s strange if one takes at face value the rhetoric about holocausts of murdered babies and whatnot. Less openly discussed is a desire that people, particularly women, stop engaging in unsanctioned sexual activity.
Having both of those goals is fine. There are reasons – not ones I agree with necessarily – for both policy desires. But, birth control and studies such as these serve to highlight priorities. It presents a choice. Which is worse? Unsanctioned sex or murdered babies? Seems like a no-brainer; baby-murdering seems like the worst thing ever if that’s honestly what you think is happening at an abortion clinic. Turning a blind eye to the painted Jezebels in your midst seems like a small price to pay.
And yet. A very small number of abortion rights opponents are willing to get on board with policies that make birth control more widely available.
Providing free birth control to women and teens in Missouri at high risk of unplanned pregnancies led to a drastic drop in abortion rates and teenage mothers, a study published Thursday found.
If the same results were replicated across the United States, free birth control could prevent 1,060,370 unplanned pregnancies and 873,250 abortions a year.
Teens and unmarried women might have sex – they might even get the idea that their behavior is acceptable; but you’ll have 873,250 fewer baby murders each year. Hopefully I’m not being disrespectful by saying that I simply don’t grasp your worldview if this is a close choice.