Why Contraception is Useful

Turns out that contraception is more helpful that you realize. (Hear that, 1Flesh?)

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(via the Guttmacher Institute)

About Lauren Lane

Lauren Lane is the co-founder of Skepticon, the Midwest's largest skeptic student-run conference and remains a lead organizer today. She has not one, but TWO fancy art degrees and is not afraid to use them.

  • Patterrssonn


  • Mieke

    Great message, but a bit of a strain to the eyes. More importantly: I´m afraid the “math” in this video is too complicated and will lead some people to believe that 5% of all women who take the pill correctly will get pregnant. Within a year.

  • jdm8

    Nice counter to the comments that most pregnancies are unplanned due to contraceptive failure.

  • John Small Berries

    Thank goodness. I was afraid it was going to be one of those “Hey, contraception does other things like regulate periods, reduce menstrual pain, and control acne” arguments which practically cedes the “sex is wrong and shameful” assertion to the religious conservatives.

    I was pleasantly surprised to find I was wrong.

  • RobMcCune

    The statistic may have been unclear, but it’s hardly the biggest barrier to informing people with Akin-level ignorance of human reproduction.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A37GL7VKR3W6ACSIZPH7EID3LI rlrose63

    This is a beautiful video and I love every point they make.

    Unfortunately, the Christian (especially Catholic) answer to every point they make:  Don’t engage in intercourse if you want to finish school, not have a child at a time that is inconvenient, or when your family is done.  There are plenty of non-chemical methods of birth control, so contraceptives are not necessary.  Have self-control to not smoke or drink.  Etc.

    I’ve heard them all.  I still shake my head.  Human beings are sexual creatures who need to hump occasionally.  Contraception helps with that need.  Duh.  :-)

  • Michael

    I am always bothered when I see statistics about people who use contraception consistently and correctly. Mostly because one of the earliest studies used to encourage condom use was very … creative about what counted as incorrect use when deciding whether to include people who got pregnant in the results.

  • Martin

    If people don’t want to get type 2 diabetes, don’t engage in desert for every meal and eat healthy.  But of course type 2 diabetes medications are all provided under insurance (yes I know some people end up with diabetes even with healthy diets but we are arguing to a group who believes in immaculate conception, as well as the real fact of the number of women who end up pregnant even though they didn’t choose to engage in intercourse no matter what republicans believe in calling it)

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    Vibrators work wonderfully, and don’t snore or hog the covers… ^_^

    (P.S. I fully agree with you.)

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

     Evidence of that… creativity?