New Study Shows More Contraception, Birth Control Don’t Reduce Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 29, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Study Shows More Contraception, Birth Control Don’t Reduce Abortions

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 29
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — A leading pro-life advocate says the new study released by the Alan Guttmacher Institute proves to her that the promotion of birth control and contraception don’t reduce abortions. Wendy Wright, the head of Concerned Women for America, says more abstinence education is needed.

AGI, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, released a new report showing that abortions are done at higher rates on black, poor, and older women.

At the same time, it shows that young women who are in college or slightly older or younger obtain the highest number of abortions.

Wright contends this is a group of people who have the easiest access to contraception and the most knowledge about birth control because they grew up in a culture where it has been prevalent.

"The majority of women who are having abortions are those in their twenties," Wright told OneNewsNow. "These are college career women. These are not women who lack access to contraception or lack knowledge of contraception."

That should result in a large reduction in abortions — if the claims of abortion advocates that birth control and contraception reduce abortions are accurate.

Statistics from other nations appear to back up Wright’s claim that the Barack Obama-Planned Parenthood pro-birth control approach to reduce abortions hasn’t worked.

Last month, government figures in Sweden showed the number of abortions has increased 17 percent from 2000 to 2007 despite higher sales of the morning after pill increasing during the same time period.

The morning after pill became a drug that could be sold over the counter in Sweden in 2001. In that time, sales of the drug tripled in the nation’s capital and doubled nationwide.

Still, new national figures show 37,205 abortions in Sweden in 2007, up approximately 17 percent from the 30,980 done in 2000. In Stockholm, 10,259 abortions were done — a 6.9 percent increase in just one year from the 2006 figures.

The rise in abortions despite the use of the morning after pill isn’t a surprise with numbers from Scotland showing the same phenomenon.

In May, Scotland officials noted that the number of abortions rose for the third straight year despite a heavy push for women to use the morning after pill.

Abortions in Scotland rose four percent according to a report from the British national health service and now number 13,703.

That increase came after NHS reported 13,081 abortions in 2006, up from 12,603 the previous year — an increase of nearly 3.8 percent. The new numbers represent an all-time high for the number of abortions done in that part of Great Britain since abortion was legalized in 1967.

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