Sunday, July 05, 2015

Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

From the New York Times:

Over the past six years, Colorado has conducted one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control. If teenagers and poor women were offered free intrauterine devices and implants that prevent pregnancy for years, state officials asked, would those women choose them?

They did in a big way, and the results were startling. The birthrate for teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There was a similar decline in births for another group particularly vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies: unmarried women under 25 who have not finished high school.

More here.

So, if you follow my posts, you may have read me arguing that the majority of the pro-life movement, the "rape and incest exception" people, don't really care about "life" because they're completely cool with "killing a baby" when they approve of the sexual behavior of the "mother." That is, they're not "pro-life"; rather, they just want to punish the sluts by way of forced childbirth.

But this hate for the sluts disguised as care for the "unborn" manifests itself in other ways. Case in point: this amazing success with reducing both unwanted pregnancies and abortions in Colorado.

For decades now, pro-choicers have made the observation that if the pro-life movement is truly serious about abortion, then they would support the government going balls-to-the-walls on birth control, for teenagers, for everyone, which would definitely reduce the abortion rate because it would also reduce the rate of unwanted pregnancies. But, also for decades, the pro-life movement has staunchly opposed doing this kind of thing because, get this, it would "encourage" people, especially teens, to have sex.

Not that anyone needs any encouragement to have sex.

But that's pretty much the picture. When pro-lifers are confronted with a sure-fire method of "saving the unborn," a method which doesn't run up against the Constitution, and which is completely uncontroversial outside pro-life circles, they reject it. Because they are far more concerned with punishing sluts than they are with "life." Indeed, I think it's safe to say that "life" has absolutely nothing to do with pro-lifers. It's all about icky yucky nasty slut-sex.

Indeed, this appears to be the final fate of the program in Colorado. It's been funded by a private grant which has now run out. The Republican dominated state legislature voted against renewing the program with tax dollars, in spite of its amazing success. I mean, how can you punish the sluts if you don't force them to give birth?

I just cannot take these people seriously anymore.