By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
A study appearing in the January issue of the journal Contraception has found that as the use of contraceptives increased, so did the abortion rate.
Pro-life author and activist Jill Stanek is reporting that the purpose of the 10-year study was “to acquire information about the use of contraceptive methods in order to reduce the number of elective abortions.” It involved a representative sample of Spanish women of childbearing potential (15-49 years) who were surveyed by the Daphne Team every 2 years beginning in 1997 to gather data of contraceptive methods used.
Their findings were not surprising to most in the pro-life community.
“During the study period, 1997 to 2007, the overall use of contraceptive methods increased from 49.1 to 79.9 percent,” the report states. “The most commonly used method was the condom (an increase from 21 to 38.8 percent), followed by the pill (an increase from 14.2 to 20.3 percent). Female sterilization and IUDs decreased slightly and were used by less than 5 percent of women in 2007. The elective abortion rate increased from 5.52 to 11.49 per 1000 women.”
The study concluded: “The factors responsible for the increased rate of elective abortion need further investigation.”
Stanek found this conclusion “laughable.”
“Any person with common sense could cue the researchers that the more casual sex one has, the greater likelihood there will be of pregnancy, contraception use notwithstanding,” Stanek writes.
“Contraceptive use only provides a false sense of security. As most recently evidenced on the MTV abortion special, minor girls and young women are too immature or irresponsible to handle contraception properly, for starters. Men aren’t so good at it either, since even as the pro-abort group Guttmacher notes, the failure rate of condoms is a whopping 17.4 percent.”
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