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Fewer abortions should be good news for everyone

Here’s news that everyone should hail – but probably won’t.

A new study conducted among thousands of women in St. Louis, Mo., shows that providing free birth control pays off in a big way – with fewer abortions and unwanted births.

When given access to the free contraception of their choice, women and teenagers in the study often opted for the most effective, most foolproof method – an implant or IUD that is good for years. Those methods are often beyond reach for low-income or uninsured women, so they tend to rely on cheaper, less effective methods – or nothing at all.

Abortion rates plummeted for women in the study given free birth control: 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women 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 nationally.

The results were particularly impressive in decreasing births among teenage girls in the study, with only 6.3 births per 1,000 teenagers compared to a national rate of 34 births per 1,000.

What’s the takeaway here? Shouldn’t everyone see this as good news?

You might think so, but many abortion opponents also oppose giving away contraceptives – or providing them at all to teenagers – arguing that it encourages extramarital sex. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but the priority should be preventing unwanted pregnancy – which leads to all sorts of attendant costs, not only in lost human potential but also in additional health and welfare expenses to taxpayers.

Providing free access to the most effective contraception looks like a good way to get there.

Here’s the Associated Press article about the study, which came out Thursday. Read more »


Pardon my French, but please keep your “shaming wand” out of my pantaloons

“Au revoir, Mademoiselle.”
“Helloooo, Slut.”

Pardon my French, but that’s not me talking.  That’s me paraphrasing two men from a legion of men talking — some combusting — about women’s issues in recent weeks.

In February, France Prime Minister Francois Fillon declared his government was “no longer interested in the marital status of women” and ordered the removal of all such intrusive classifications– including “mademoiselle”– from official documents.

Hats off to the Frenchman!

Meanwhile, back in the states, talk radio’s Rush Limbaugh went on a three-hour barkfest of streaming trash talk about a young woman who dared to speak

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Making whoopie the Earth Day way

Thursday is Earth Day, and people will mark it by doing all sorts of environmentally friendly things, like cleaning up local parks and shorelines, replacing their incandescent lightbulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent ones, planting trees, etc.

Still others will be combating overpopulation – by giving out special Earth Day-themed condoms. The Center for Biological Diversity says it will distribute “250,000 free, edgy, fun Endangered Species Condoms to highlight the devastating impact of overpopulation on endangered species and their habitats. The campaign will be staffed by thousands of volunteer condom distributors all over the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico,

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