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Posted by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 10:24 PM
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U.S. SEES BIGGEST ABORTION DECREASE IN A DECADE New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that abortions fell 5 percent in 2009, “in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade.” Researchers are attributing the reduction to the recession and increased use of more effective methods of birth control. Mississippi “had the lowest abortion rate, at 4 per 1,000 women of child-bearing age.”


by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 10:24 PM
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by Silver Member on Nov. 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM

This is good news!

by Silver Member on Nov. 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM
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Or, maybe the pushing abstinence as birth control isn't being taught in schools any more?

by on Nov. 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Well it has been proven that access to low to no cost birth control does in fact lower abortion rates.  

Amid the outcry over New York City's Plan B emergency contraceptive program and the Obama administration's contraception mandate, a study by scientists in Missouri suggests that free birth control can lead to greatly lower rates of abortions and births among teenagers.

Only 6.3 teenagers in every 1,000 given their choice of contraception get pregnant, compared with 34 per 1,000 nationwide, found the project that tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, Mo., many of them poor or uninsured.

In the study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Jeffrey Peipert of Washington University in St. Louis says that these women not only experienced far fewer unintended pregnancies but the abortion rate also fell tremendously.

Only 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women were recorded in the study, compared with 13.4 to 17 abortions per 1,000 women overall in the St. Louis region and almost 20 abortions per 1,000 women nationwide.

As part of the study, which ran from 2008 to 2010, the women were given their choice of a range of contraceptive methods at no cost – from birth control pills to goof-proof options like the IUD or a matchstick-sized implant. And they opted for the most effective contraceptives – the implanted options, which cost hundreds of dollars up-front to insert.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/free-birth-control-lowers-teen-pregnancy-abortion-rates-study-claims-82809/#DWfAooURikyqlrIM.99 

by on Nov. 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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This is good news but not good enough. I am still praying for an end to elective abortion altogether. And, while hormonal contraception is less bad than abortion I still don't think that young girls pumping their bodies full of carcinogenic chemicals is necessarily a good thing either. Hopefully one day the pharmaceutical companies wont be so massive and powerful and more people will learn to manage their fertility naturally.

But yes, less aborted babies! Yay! That's wonderful.
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by Ruby Member on Nov. 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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Glad to hear there is a 5% decrease in abortions - but 95% is still 1,000,000 (one million) abortions per year - one million too many.

And about 40% of them are black babies, despite blacks' 12% of the US population. If these babies had been born, blacks would be about 15% of the population, instead of 12%. One of Margaret Sanger's main goals in founding Planned Parenthood was the extinction of blacks in the US - as is evident from her own words:

"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."

Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976. 

by on Nov. 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM



by on Nov. 24, 2012 at 2:47 PM

 NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the recession and its aftermath in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, perhaps because women are more careful to use birth control when times are tough, researchers say.

The decline, detailed on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, came in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Both the number of abortions and the abortion rate dropped by the same percentage.

Some experts theorize that some women believed they couldn't afford to get pregnant.

"They stick to straight and narrow ... and they are more careful about birth control," said Elizabeth Ananat, a Duke University assistant professor of public policy and economics who has researched abortions.

While many states have aggressively restricted access to abortion, most of those laws were adopted in the past two years and are not believed to have played a role in the decline.

Abortions have been dropping slightly over much of the past decade. But before this latest report, they seemed to have pretty much leveled off.

Nearly all states report abortion numbers to the federal government, but it's voluntary. A few states - including California, which has the largest population and largest number of abortion providers - don't send in data. While experts estimate there are more than 1 million abortions nationwide each year, the CDC counted about 785,000 in 2009 because of incomplete reporting.

To come up with reliable year-to-year comparisons, the CDC used the numbers from 43 states and two cities - those that have been sending in data consistently for at least 10 years. The researchers found that abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age fell from about 16 in 2008 to roughly 15 in 2009. That translates to nearly 38,000 fewer abortions in one year.

Mississippi had the lowest abortion rate, at 4 per 1,000 women of child-bearing age. The state also had only a couple of abortion providers and has the nation's highest teen birth rate. New York, second to California in number of abortion providers, had the highest abortion rate, roughly eight times Mississippi's.

Nationally since 2000, the number of reported abortions has dropped overall by about 6 percent and the abortion rate has fallen 7 percent.

By all accounts, contraception is playing a role in lowering the numbers.

Some experts cite a government study released earlier this year suggesting that about 60 percent of teenage girls who have sex use the most effective kinds of contraception, including the pill and patch. That's up from the mid-1990s, when fewer than half were using the best kinds.

Experts also pointed to the growing use of IUDs, or intrauterine devices, T-shaped plastic sperm-killers that a doctor inserts into the uterus. A study released earlier this year by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization that does research on reproductive health, showed that IUD use among sexually active women on birth control rose from less than 3 percent in 2002 to more than 8 percent in 2009.

IUDs essentially prevent "user error," said Rachel Jones, a Guttmacher researcher.

Ananat said another factor may be the growing use of the morning-after pill, a form of emergency contraception that has been increasingly easier to get. It came onto the market in 1999 and in 2006 was approved for non-prescription sale to women 18 and older. In 2009 that was lowered to 17.

Underlying all this may be the economy, which was in recession from December 2007 until June 2009. Even well afterward, polls showed most Americans remained worried about anemic hiring, a depressed housing market and other problems.

You might think a bad economy would lead to more abortions by women who are struggling. However, John Santelli, a Columbia University professor of population and family health, said: "The economy seems to be having a fundamental effect on pregnancies, not abortions."

by Gold Member on Nov. 24, 2012 at 2:55 PM

This is good news.

by Bronze Member on Nov. 24, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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I wish we could fast forward 4 years to see how much Obamacare affected this rate.  I'm expecting a massive decline in abortion. eye rolling

by Gold Member on Nov. 24, 2012 at 9:26 PM

People are being more careful with the economy being the way it is.  Most birth control failure is human error.

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