12 Sep Myth Buster Monday: Is the best way to decrease the number of abortions to increase the availability of contraception?
Ask any pro-abortion individual how to best reduce the abortion rate. Almost without exception, they will say, “increase the availability of contraception.” Well, there’s a new analysis out that lays waste to that notion. It sure appears that the best way to reduce the rate of abortion is to encourage and promote marriage.
Take a look at this chart:
Over the decades, as contraception technology and availability have improved, the abortion rate in most countries of the world has climbed higher and higher.
If the analysis done for this chart is correct, here are a few thoughts:
- Is there an inverse correlation between the decrease in marriage and the increasing abortion rate?
- To those who say cohabiting relationships are the same as married relationships, why such a staggering abortion rate?
- Wouldn’t you think that the rate of abortion for non-cohabiting women would be higher than the rate for women in cohabiting relationships? Could it be that a cohabiting woman is just trying to “keep her man” and thus is willing to abort their child?
- What is the reason for abortion among the married? Of the 7.7 married women (per thousand) who have abortions, how many are done because of assumed developmental problems of the unborn child?
What are your thoughts?Chart by David Schmidt of Live Action based upon data from a recent study: Unintended pregnancy in the United States: incidence and disparities, 2006