by Steven Ertelt
January 29, 2008
Canberra, Australia (LifeNews.com) — A British-based abortion business that operates abortion centers internationally admitted on Tuesday that women in Australia are getting pregnant and having abortions despite the use of birth control. Abortion advocates have long claimed that the advocating contraception is better than abortion limits in reducing abortion figures.
However, Marie Stopes International released a report Tuesday showing that more than half of women who have an unplanned pregnancy were using birth control at the time.
Some 43 percent were on oral contraceptives when the pregnancy occurred and another 27 percent reportedly used a condom at the time.
MSI acting Chief Executive Officer Jill Michelson told Macquarie National News that the answer to the problem is more education about birth control.
"Women will be shocked when they see these figures because I think they believe fairly strongly that the contraception they’re using is covering it," Michelson said.
"The other thing it brought out also, it’s not only the pill that’s not working. People still get pregnant after having sterilization," Michelson admitted. "People still get pregnant after all forms of contraception."
The news isn’t surprising to pro-life advocates who haven’t seen abortion rates decline following massive promotion of birth control and contraception.
The Scotland government reported 13,081 abortions in 2006, up from 12,603 the previous year — an increase of nearly 3.8 percent despite an aggressive campaign to get the morning after pill to women there.
That the morning after pill is ineffective in preventing pregnancy also isn’t a shock to Dr. Joseph Stanford, associate professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
He’s previously written how studies he and fellow researchers have done show a lower effectiveness rate than the 89 percent Barr Laboratories claims.
"We did a more precise meta-analysis that shows it’s effective only 72 percent of the time, and even that number is optimistic," he indicated.
He also noted that studies from Europe, China and the United States show that the morning after pill does not reduce abortions.