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Fri Oct 5, 2012, 12:58 PM

New Study Confirms Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate Could Reduce Abortion Rate

Source: tpm

A new study focusing on low-income women in St. Louis, MO concludes that expanding access to free contraception — just as the health care reform law does through its provision to provide birth control without a co-pay — leads to significantly lower rates of unintended teen pregnancy and abortion. Researchers found that when women weren’t prohibited by cost, they chose more effective, long-lasting forms of birth control and experienced much fewer unintended pregnancies as a result.

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis worked in partnership with the local Planned Parenthood affiliate to track over 9,200 low-income women in the St. Louis area, some of whom lacked insurance coverage, during a four-year Contraceptive CHOICE study. The CHOICE project simulated Obamacare’s birth control provision by allowing teens and women to select from the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive options and receive their preferred method at no cost. They found that birth rates among the teens who received free birth control in the CHOICE project were less than a fifth of the national teen birth rate — just 6.3 births per 1,000 teens, compared to 34.3 per 1,000 teens nationwide in 2010 — and abortion rates were less than half of both the regional and national rates.

And researchers are confident that these positive findings could extend to the rest of the nation, estimating that the national simulation of their CHOICE program could prevent one abortion for every 79 to 137 women given a choice between free birth control options. “As a society, we want to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortion rates. This study has demonstrated that having access to no-cost contraception helps us get to that goal,” Alina Salganicoff, director of women’s health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the Associated Press.

In a press release, Planned Parenthood officials noted that the study strongly suggests that President Obama’s health reform law will help lower the abortion rate. “This study shows that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit can dramatically reduce the need for abortion in the U.S. once it is fully implemented,” said Dana Singiser, the vice president of public policy and government relations for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “To prevent unintended pregnancy, women need full information, full coverage and full choice for what type of birth control works best for them.”

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/10/05/966121/obamacare-birth-control-abortion/

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Reply New Study Confirms Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate Could Reduce Abortion Rate (Original post)
trailmonkee Oct 2012 OP
ck4829 Oct 2012 #1
SamKnause Oct 2012 #4
bamacrat Oct 2012 #11
Megahurtz Oct 2012 #19
SemperEadem Oct 2012 #27
SamKnause Oct 2012 #2
samgreatuncle Oct 2012 #3
d_b Oct 2012 #5
Lucy Goosey Oct 2012 #6
kestrel91316 Oct 2012 #7
joeglow3 Oct 2012 #8
Lucy Goosey Oct 2012 #9
joeglow3 Oct 2012 #10
Lucy Goosey Oct 2012 #12
joeglow3 Oct 2012 #13
caraher Oct 2012 #15
CTyankee Oct 2012 #16
joeglow3 Oct 2012 #17
CTyankee Oct 2012 #20
caraher Oct 2012 #22
CTyankee Oct 2012 #23
caraher Oct 2012 #24
CTyankee Oct 2012 #26
caraher Oct 2012 #28
jwirr Oct 2012 #14
Redford Oct 2012 #18
CTyankee Oct 2012 #21
truthisfreedom Oct 2012 #25
bushisanidiot Oct 2012 #29

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:06 PM

1. It's much more efficient to build a fence at the top of a cliff than keep an ambulance at the bottom

Of course, with Republicans, even the ambulance at the bottom would still be socialist.

And that argument can be used for everything the Republicans talk about.

They want neither a fence (More access to birth control or contraceptives) or the ambulance (abortion), they want babies born from rape and incest to float around, but they can't be adopted because they don't want gays to adopt them either!

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:14 PM

4. Birth control

Exactly !!!

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:54 PM

11. But those floating babies better get jobs and not mooch off the government. n/t

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Response to bamacrat (Reply #11)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 04:13 PM

19. You will hear

even more vile filth from Republicans mouths saying things like - those women shouldn't be 'spreading their legs" in the first place - so I guess they want those babies floating around as a sick punishment of some sort.

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Response to Megahurtz (Reply #19)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 06:02 PM

27. they need to be met with

the men need to keep their fucking zippers zipped, then. Mary was the last one to get pregnant by a dry hump.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:13 PM

2. Lack of common sense.


I imagine the Republicans and the Tea Party are very aware of this information. They stay focused on the vaginas of U.S. women like a laser.

That explains why they are trying to overturn Roe v Wade and restrict birth control.

That is why they do not support equal pay for women.

That is why they question separation of church and state.

They do not believe in equal rights for women.

They do not think women are capable of making choices about their own bodies.

They do not think women should work outside the home.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:15 PM

5. shhhh

the only way to reduce abortion is to ban it. telling people not to fuck also works.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:16 PM

6. Canada also proves this point

Now contrast the American experience with complicated laws, far greater cost (the average amount paid for a 1rst trimester abortion is $451, with 60% of women paying out-of-pocket for their procedure), indignities (mandatory ultrasound), and inconveniences such as 24 hour delays and uncompensated travel.

So how does lawless Canada stack up against regulated America?

In Canada, the teen birth and abortion rate is 27.0/1,000 women between the ages of 15-19 versus 61.2/1,000 in the United States.

The abortion rate among all women of reproductive age (15-44) in Canada is 14.1/1,000 versus 20/1,000 in the United States.

Put another way, the teen birth and abortion rate is more than 50% higher in the United States versus Canada and the abortion rate is about 25% higher in the Unites States.

Canadian women also have something else. They have access to health care and sex education is widely taught in the schools. Laws, cost, and indignities don’t reduce abortion, knowledge and contraception do.


http://drjengunter.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/what-happens-when-there-is-no-abortion-law/

The blogger is an OB/GYN who has practised in the US and in Canada, and the article is well referenced. More at the link.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:23 PM

7. RW doesn't see it this way because to them, birth control EQUALS abortion in all cases.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:27 PM

8. Depends on how you define abortion

Many people believe life begins at fertilization and that a drug that prevents the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall is abortion.

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Response to joeglow3 (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:31 PM

9. Abortion has a definition, and what you're describing is, by definition, NOT ABORTION

It doesn't matter who believes it; it's not true that a drug that prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall is an abortion. Period. This isn't an issue of belief or opinion.

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Response to Lucy Goosey (Reply #9)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:53 PM

10. And there appeas to be a debate that doesn't accept your definition

http://www.epm.org/resources/2010/Feb/22/growing-debate-about-abortifacient-effect-birth-co/

I am not saying I agree. However, I know a number of people with this view.

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Response to joeglow3 (Reply #10)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:59 PM

12. That's not a reliable site for medical information, it's a religious site

And again, it doesn't matter how many people believe it, birth control pills don't cause abortions.

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Response to Lucy Goosey (Reply #12)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 02:07 PM

13. Everyone is entitled to their opinion

I have not seen a scientific fact as to when life begins and that appears to be the deciding factor in this. I personally agree with your view, but don't feel comfortable claiming the certainty that you do.

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Response to Lucy Goosey (Reply #12)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 03:39 PM

15. The point is that you won't gain traction with someone who *believes* this other definition

Medically yes, you're absolutely right... but the folks joe is talking about are applying a definition advanced by medical experts like conservative Catholic bishops. So while any normal person would say birth control is vastly preferable to abortion, those who have drunk the kool aid have the view that its actually just the same thing. Arguing that their definition is bogus is fruitless - their position comes not from medical information but religious indoctrination.

It's on exactly this slender thread of redefinition that their fanatical opposition to funding birth control rests.

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Response to joeglow3 (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 03:40 PM

16. Medical science puts pregnancy starting at implantation. You may or may not know that

it is estimated that they estimate that over 40% of fertilized ova never make it and are washed away in the woman's next menstrual flow...I guess that makes God the biggest abortionist of all time...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #16)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 03:42 PM

17. Cute

I see what you did there

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Response to joeglow3 (Reply #17)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 04:22 PM

20. Thanks, but it wasn't mine originally. I thought it was clever.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #16)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 04:34 PM

22. Do you have a source for that?

I mean for estimates of the fraction of fertilized eggs that fail to implant absent any artificial birth control. For me, this plus the number of early miscarriages were pretty important facts in advancing my thinking from where it was when my mother explained abortion to me as "killing of unborn babies" to where I stand now.

I'm also amazed that the folks who equate fertilization with the beginning of human life are not marching to shut down the in vitro fertilization clinics. By their logic a lot of mass murder is underway there, too.

Edited to reflect the fruits of my Google research: an article that suggests up to 80% of fertilized ova won't make it to the point where a woman would even be aware that she is pregnant, even absent birth control. This combines failure to implant with spontaneous abortions. From page 3:

Although the statistics on the failure rate of human fertilization are not entirely robust, given the biological and ethical delicacy of conducting research in this area, the numbers consistently suggest that, at minimum, two-thirds of all human eggs fertilized during normal conception either fail to implant at the end of the first week or later spontaneously abort. Some experts suggest that the numbers are even more dramatic. John Opitz, a professor of pediatrics, human genetics, and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah, told the President’s Council on Bioethics last September that preimplantation embryo loss is “enormous. Estimates range all the way from 60 percent to 80 percent of the very earliest stages, cleavage stages, for example, that are lost.” Moreover, an estimated 31 percent of implanted embryos later miscarry, according to a 1988 New England Journal of Medicine study headed by Allen Wilcox of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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Response to caraher (Reply #22)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 04:44 PM

23. I had read this several years ago when I was working for Planned Parenthood and doing

research for fundraising letters to donors. I was on the Alan Guttmacher Institute's website a lot so perhaps it was there. But I do recall that it wasn't just one isolated factoid. I remember seeing it several times. Try alanguttmacher.org and see if they still have that piece of data somewhere. I do know that AGI is a highly respected source of scientific data and reports on reproductive issues, My husband worked in public health for the state of CT several years back and it was a trusted source of data at the local and state level.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #23)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 04:58 PM

24. Thanks!

As you can see, I've found it independently as well... Google was my friend!

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Response to caraher (Reply #24)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 05:36 PM

26. Actually, I have seen a HIGHER percentage than 40%...but I wanted to err on the side

of caution.

I'm glad you found it. I'll have to store that away for the next time I use the info. I want to be as factual as I can...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #26)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:57 AM

28. Here's another article drawing on the same estimates...

with the deliberately provocative title, "Is Heaven Populated Chiefly by the Souls of Embryos?" (I wouldn't ordinarily link to Reason but this piece is actually quite good at probing the absurd consequences of equating fertilization with the beginning of human life.)

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 02:43 PM

14. And that should not come as a surprise to anyone.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 04:01 PM

18. I think Planned Parenthood should have a kiosk in every high school

While I believe teenagers should be taught that sex is something best done in a mature relationship with mature partners that are willing to accept the consequences, I think birth control should be free and available.

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Response to Redford (Reply #18)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 04:23 PM

21. It would be great to have PP kiosks in every high school!

Giving kids accurate medical information about their bodies. Imagine that!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 05:09 PM

25. Which means opponents to birth control rules in Obamacare are pro-abortion.

Clear and simple.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 06:50 PM

29. Well that is sure to anger the anti-choice republicans

Who want something to condemn women about so they can feel self righteous

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