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Shocker: Free Birth Control
Means Fewer Abortions

Mother Jones, by Erika Eichelberger

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Posted By:rinohunter, 10/6/2012 8:03:41 AM

That's according to a new study published on Thursday by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis. The project gave free birth control to more than 9,000 local women and girls, many of whom were poor or uninsured, and tracked them for two years. There were 6.3 births per 1,000 teenagers in the study group, compared to the 2010 national rate of 34 per 1,000. As for abortions, there were fewer than eight per 1,000 women in the study, compared with the almost 20 per 1,000 nationally.
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Is it the FREE part that makes it so effective?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 10/6/2012 8:06:25 AM     (No. 8913729)

And more Aids and STDs.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Keekng, 10/6/2012 8:08:31 AM     (No. 8913734)

Apples and oranges.....A local study group vs National statistics.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: steveW, 10/6/2012 8:11:27 AM     (No. 8913742)

Socialists and communists, like the ones at Mother Jones, only use the word "free" as a smokescreen. You'd think they'd be ashamed of this charade by now..

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Namma, 10/6/2012 8:13:52 AM     (No. 8913749)

If people waited till marriage to have sex there would be even less abortions...and if people had more respect for their own bodies and themselves there would be less abortions. And if people didnt believe that sex is right, and its just part of dating..there would be less abortions..and then if people believed that life is precious,and a gift from God there would be less abortions..and no need for birth control

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby, 10/6/2012 8:17:46 AM     (No. 8913754)

And Erika's mother didn't believe in abortion either.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: edgar, 10/6/2012 8:18:45 AM     (No. 8913756)

Do we a need a program to pay for billionaire's birth control?

At the other end of the spectrum, the poor teenagers, they still have to take birth control as prescribed. You cannot legislate personal responsibility. Abortion rates will continue to thrive.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: BarryNo, 10/6/2012 8:26:17 AM     (No. 8913765)

It's not free. Someone has to pay for it, and I object to someone else fooling around on MY dime. I also object to anyone slaughtering babies on MY dime.

I think we have a problem... And I think these whiners who want 'free' birth control can keep it zipped, or keep their knees together like human beings instead of mink in heat.

Finally, I object to the government, whose existence relies on the Constitution, ignoring that document to do whatever they damn well please. Our founders were willing to fight for the rights they enumerated. I warn you I am willing to do the same.

This election will decide whether I will need to.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: asu86pe, 10/6/2012 8:36:23 AM     (No. 8913782)

WOW! I don't know if I'm sick or disgusted or both.

20 abortions per 1000 women nationally?

If the population is 319 million of which 52% are females and of that 60% are not of active pregnacy age ............6,353 abortions a year in America.


This is insane, sick, and inhuman. When do we accept these children instead of destroy them?

Forgive us, Lord, forgive us.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: youngtexan, 10/6/2012 8:39:44 AM     (No. 8913791)

omg. I'm so sick of this 'free' stuff.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Vivi, 10/6/2012 8:41:05 AM     (No. 8913797)

It is a myth and an insult to suggest that women are too stupid, indiscriminate, and so at the mercy of their biological drives they can't manage their fertility without free stuff.

Of course they're not free.

Do the pills work better if the government uses it's power and makes people violate their religious beliefs by paying for them? That little constitution thingie is so quaint.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lakerman1, 10/6/2012 8:44:13 AM     (No. 8913804)

And free sterilization, a part of obamacare, would be even better, right? And mandatory sterilization of less desirable Americans would be even better than voluntary sterilization, right?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 10/6/2012 8:44:19 AM     (No. 8913805)

Staff, the Vista Print ad is incredibly annoying.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: kahunavol, 10/6/2012 8:48:58 AM     (No. 8913815)

The study paid for whatever method the young women chose, and 75% of them chose the most effective methods, IUD's and implants. According to another story on the study these methods cost $800.

Moral dilemmas abound on this issue. I agree that it would be best if all waited until marriage to be sexually active but that doesn't take seriously the truth about human nature (total depravity from a Calvinist perspective). Some might wait but most won't.

What are we willing to pay to put an end to the culture of abortion? What is the greater evil? (I am not arguing for Obamacare and its mandates that religious institutions go against their faith commitments by the way.)

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Reply 14 - Posted by: cheese, 10/6/2012 8:59:57 AM     (No. 8913841)

I hope that when we start getting our "free" birth control, a government agent can visit my house to make sure I'm using it correctly. That's part of the coverage, right?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: dobst, 10/6/2012 9:03:03 AM     (No. 8913848)

Don't F**k your brains out = less abortions

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Reply 16 - Posted by: cartcart, 10/6/2012 9:09:44 AM     (No. 8913866)

Self-control and high moral standards are free. If you can afford a cellular phone, you can afford birth control.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: kayworthy, 10/6/2012 9:21:30 AM     (No. 8913884)

So they can afford the abortions, but not the birth control pills? Are you serious?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mamafrog, 10/6/2012 10:01:25 AM     (No. 8913963)

# 13 puts it succinctly - given the choice women will choose one of the expensive, very effective long lasting option for birth control, this will result in fewer pregnancies and fewer abortions

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Feebie, 10/6/2012 10:06:25 AM     (No. 8913972)

Wonder which Pharma companies have Erika on their payroll?

Bottom line: responsible individuals will comings to be responsible and irresponsible people will continue to do so. Making something free to an irresponsible non resourceful group (not all, but assuming their are people that WILL find a way to get this paid for or not engage in the activity and most - will continue not to) will not decrease anything. Maybe if they paid for it they'd be more inclined to not "skip" a few days on accident.

And if abortions don't go down (like this was even the reason to begin with) what then? Hook people up to shock collars to FORCE them to take those free pills?

These people have weird ideas about human nature - weird ideas that never seem to translate to reality.

It's a mental illness for sure.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Throwback, 10/6/2012 10:18:07 AM     (No. 8913995)

#6, I can guarantee you it is more like 6,353,000.



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Reply 21 - Posted by: dtrumpet2, 10/6/2012 10:18:20 AM     (No. 8913996)

It would seem to me that if women actually took responsibility for their bodies then there would be far fewer abortions. Responsibility is a wonderful thing. Responsibility does not limit the amount of sex one can enjoy. Responsibility gives one peace of mind. Responsibility does not require government help and helps to maintain one's independence.
It is just amazing how taking responsibility for one's actions keeps one from getting into trouble and having to do things one does not want to do.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Throwback, 10/6/2012 10:18:59 AM     (No. 8913999)

Apologies #6, was talking to #8.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: JimS, 10/6/2012 10:21:49 AM     (No. 8914006)

Forced sterilization would work even better

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Reply 24 - Posted by: 6angels, 10/6/2012 10:45:42 AM     (No. 8914044)

for quite some time, several years at least, birth control has been available at no cost to a large group of women. Did any one check the abortion rate in that group?

I'm not into this bully tactic, pay for my birth control or pay for my abortion. Agree with other posters - where is your responsibility in this?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: curious1, 10/6/2012 11:10:39 AM     (No. 8914095)

No free BC.
No free abortions.
No welfare checks for kids.
No welfare checks for adults.
...and so forth...

Get the idea?

Cut off the money spigot and you'll see these behaviors self-correct over time. We've tried the 'free stuff' for half-a-century. It didn't work and the law of unintended consequences struck very hard. Now it's time to return to sanity.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: nonsense, 10/6/2012 11:18:34 AM     (No. 8914110)

Hey Big Smart Mamma Jones, they ain't free. Someone has to pay for them. What a bunch of clueless and oh so Leftist M.J. child writers.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: hot coffee, 10/6/2012 12:15:44 PM     (No. 8914241)

Shocker: "Free" birth control means taxpayers pay for it whether they want to or not

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Reply 28 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/6/2012 12:21:53 PM     (No. 8914254)

Shocker: making illegal abortions means more use of birth control, hence fewer unwanted pregnancies. Birth control, being inexpensive in the first place, is readily available to anyone who wants to take responsibility for their choices before they make them.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: God of Irony, 10/6/2012 1:24:33 PM     (No. 8914393)

Shocker: Mother Jones doesn't know the definition of the word free.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: msjena, 10/6/2012 1:44:25 PM     (No. 8914422)

If birth control prevents abortion, then why did the demand for legal abortion not start until birth control became so readily available and effective?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: mollybob, 10/6/2012 2:09:28 PM     (No. 8914459)

Mother Jones may have used the word "fewer" correctly, but it's the only thing they have right. As others have observed, there is no such thing as "free birth control" and to suggest a causal relationship between a fictional freebie and the non-proliferation of abortions is a fallacy. But given the source, who's surprised at that?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: noparallel, 10/6/2012 4:50:23 PM     (No. 8914675)

"Free birth control" = more STD's! Nine months v. potential lifetime disease or death. You choose.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: MickTurn, 10/6/2012 7:03:14 PM     (No. 8914873)

There you go slut Ploofe...how's that working out for ya?

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