Rethinking Birth Control & Abortion

by Calulu

A few days ago our Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network member Libby Anne of Love, Joy, Feminism wrote a compelling post called ‘How I Lost Faith in the “Pro Life” Movement‘. She laid out how she’d gone from a staunch member of the Pro Life movement to a Progressive Pro Choice position over the years. The evidence she presents shows that increased access to birth control reduces the abortion rates. Banning abortion doesn’t do any good towards reducing the number of abortions either.

I can see that. In my Quiverfull years I was a crisis phone line volunteer for a pro life clinic.  I saw statistics that indicated that abortion numbers actually fell during the years it’s been legal and contraception was widely available. The highest volume occurred whenever it was illegal and there was no access to effective birth control.

Recently certain politicians have not only brought the issues of Pro Life into the campaign but other issues that expose their fear of and ignorance about the simple biology of womens bodies. This op-ed piece from the NY Times by Thomas L Friedman explains why he thinks these same politicians aren’t so Pro Life after all. has ‘Politically Coerced By Faith’ written by Zach Lorentz pointing out the basic hypocrisy and lack of knowledge on the social justice aspect by many of the Pro Life politicians.

Slacktivist points out the revisionist memory many in the church have towards the issues of abortion. In the past slick political operatives have manipulated the evangelicals into going from unconcerned about abortion to making it the entire focus of whether they support a candidate or party.

Slacktivist also wrote about the controversy that took place in the Pro Life crowd when the life-saving HPV vaccination was introduced into society. Pro Life supporters claimed that having the vaccine would turn girls into ‘sluts’ and pushed that none have the vaccination. They started claiming that the punishment for sexual immorality was cancer.

Religious Dispatches magazine published an article by Eric C Miller entitled ‘Barack Obama, Pro-Life Hero’ that also backs Libby-Anne’s research that access to birth control reduces abortion rates. One of the big positives of  the Affordable Care Act is that it requires coverage of birth control, leading to reduced abortion numbers.

David Frum of CNN, Newsweek and The Daily Beast sounds off Richard Mourdock’s statements that a child conceived via rap is a gift from God and how knowledge and access to birth control is the best way to reduce abortions.

Gives me a great deal to think about now.

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Calulu lives near Washington DC , was raised Catholic in South Louisiana before falling in with a bunch of fallen Catholics whom had formed their own part Fundamentalist, part Evangelical church. After fifteen uncomfortable years drinking that Koolaid she left nearly 6 years ago. Her blog is Calulu – Roadkill on the Internet Superhighway

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  • Saraquill

    I would think more kindly on those who call themselves “Pro Life” if they didn’t stigmatize those who have abortions, and showed that they care about life once a person has exited the uterus.

  • SAO

    The problem with the pro-life position is that if you don’t exempt rape and the health of the mother, then you have to insist that raped 13 year olds don’t get the morning after pill and if they do get pregnant, that they carry the high risk pregnancy to term, regardless of its impact on their health. Or that a woman who is diagnosed with cancer and is 2 weeks pregnant put off treatment for 9 months, even if doing could kill her — and the fetus. If you don’t exempt rape and the health of the mother, then you are merely stating that someone other than the pregnant woman should decide what she can do with her body.

    As for birth control, look at America. The average family has 2-3 children. You can take that as the desired family size. That’s not achieved without birth control. I can’t see any better way to turn a baby into a burden rather than a blessing than by giving families who want 2 kids a fifth or sixth child.

  • Nancy B

    For me, the bottom line is that all pregnancy carries a risk of death to the mother. As in all medical conditions, we cannot decide whether one should take that risk unless she chooses. This is the standard of care in America for all adults. If your religion prohibits abortion, blood transfusions or surgery, you have the right to refuse those things.

  • texcee

    I have been pro-choice for the past 35+ years, which doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m pro-abortion. I just think this horrific decision should be between a woman, her mate (if she has one), her doctor, and God. No one else needs to be involved, particularly not politicians and religious leaders. Ideally, every child conceived would be wanted, perfect and loved, but that’s not the case. I think there are worse things than abortion and they include newborn babies discarded in dumpters, babies born addicted to hard drugs, babies murdered by the parents who beat them to death for crying, babies born with significant birth defects that either require them to be institutionalized for the rest of their lives or bankrupt their parents financially, emotionally, and physically with the staggering burden of care. When you factor in the gigantic problem of extreme poverty and overpopulation in undeveloped countries, the endless stream of baby after baby born to women who cannot feed themselves or the children they already have, is it any wonder that they seek out back alley abortionists? Outlawing abortion will not stop it. This practice has been around since women first figured out where babies come from. We in the Western world are overly indoctrinated that every child is a precious gift from God and every child should be wanted, but it’s just not so. I wish it were, but…