by Steven Ertelt
February 14, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The nation’s largest abortion business held rallies across the country Tuesday to support a Congressional bill promoting the morning after pill. The bill is the result of a concerted effort by abortion advocates to change the terms of the debate from abortion to issues they think will resonate with the public.
With events in states from California and Iowa to Mississippi and Missouri, Planned Parenthood activists say the legislation is needed to help reduce the number of abortions even though studies show that doesn’t happen.
Cecile Richards, president of the group, says Congress needs to approve the Prevention First Act to expand access to birth control and sex education. Richards says all sides of the abortion debate should support the bill because it will lower abortions.
The measure would fund a public education campaign to boost public awareness of the morning-after pill and would restrict funding for abstinence-only education programs.
However, in December 2005, Kirsten Moore, president and CEO of Reproductive Health Technologies Project, admitted that "real world" experience of easy access to the Plan B drug has not reduced the numbers of pregnancies or abortions.
"I think it’s an honest question, the experts had estimated that we would see a drop by up to half in the rates of unintended pregnancy and the rates of abortion. And in fact in the real world we’re not seeing that," Moore said.
Studies, including one done by a Planned Parenthood medical director in San Francisco, find the morning after pill does not reduce abortion and pregnancy rates.
Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco, that found increased access to the "morning after" pill did not lower pregnancy or abortion rates because many women did not use the pills.
Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America says that analysis is right.
"The claim that pregnancies and abortions would reduce by half is based not on science or fact, but ‘faith’ with no substance in reality," she said.