In the least shocking news ever, a new study shows that if women of childbearing age had better access to the full range of birth control options, it would dramatically reduce the number of abortions and save billions of dollars in taxpayer money.
A just-released study commissioned by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and conducted by researchers at Child Trends, an independent nonprofit research organization that specializes in child health and development, found that if the full range of contraception options available to women through Planned Parenthood health centers were used by all U.S. women ages 15 to 39 who were not seeking pregnancy, the unintended-pregnancy rate would be reduced by 64 percent, the unintended-birth rate would decrease by 63 percent, and the abortion rate would drop by a staggering 67 percent.
All of this, researchers found, would translate into $12 billion in public health care cost savings annually, reducing the public costs of unintended pregnancy by half.
So those who oppose abortion should be pushing strongly for the widest possible availability of contraception services. They should support my long-held belief that birth control should be available free and anonymously to every single person in the country, in whatever form works best for them or they prefer. But they don’t, of course, and the reason is quite obvious. It isn’t abortion they are against, it’s women having the right to control their own sex lives and determine whether or not to reproduce. This is about maintaining patriarchy, not about stopping abortion.