Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Does Contraception Use Reduce Abortions?
The Truth Behind the Report
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) Oct. 20-- A new study by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute continues the claim that expanded use of contraception and birth control reduces abortions worldwide. Mainstream media outlets and writers like Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic are using the report to say pro-life advocates should push for contraception.
Sullivan became the latest in a long line of commentators to criticize the pro-life movement for not being more contraceptive-friendly.
But, Dr. Michael New, a University of Alabama political science professor, writes at National Review Online that Guttmacher's own study shows how contraception doesn't reduce the abortion numbers.
"The link between abortion rates and access to contraception is not as clear as the Guttmacher report might indicate. Furthermore, Guttmacher's own research suggests that there is little reason to believe that contraception subsidies would do much to affect abortion rates," he explains.
New says "there exists no consensus on the correlation between the availability of contraception and the incidence of abortion."
"In fact, in 2003, Guttmacher released an article in 'International Family Planning Perspectives' that showed simultaneous increases in both contraceptive use and abortion rates in the United States, Cuba, Denmark, Netherlands, Singapore, and South Korea," New points out.