This is good news. I'm sure the people's whose lives were spared are
happy to be alive.
It is great that the right to life group is taking credit for this.... but the
data doesn't necessarily support their claim. The data does not show more
women are carrying their pregnancy to term... what it shows is that fewer people
were getting pregnant in the first place, which to me is yet an even better
story. The discussion has for too long been about what to do when a
women gets pregnant.... and the fight should be more about keep women,
particularly young ladies, from getting pregnant with unplanned children in the
first place.For obvious religious reasons, I have my own feelings on
how to prevent unwanted pregnancies... but at a minimum this points to young
ladies not being put into the position of having to make very serious decisions.
a decision no one should have to make.
The Deseret News uses the findings from one study (contraception, education and
family planning have resulted in a drop in the abortion rate) to infer
more-specific conclusions from a totally different study study (the pro-life
movement has deterred Americans from turning to abortion). Why speak
only about the pro-life movement, and not focus on changing habits,
contraception, and family planning in the article? My own study of the Deseret
News finds an implicit agenda.
The way to reduce abortion is to reduce the cause of abortion -- unwanted
pregnancies. As the article pointed out, comprehensive (abstinence-plus) sex
education and effective contraception does just that.
Better education and healthcare. The key to lower abortion rates. Takes away
conservative talking points, and it takes away some of the propaganda to inflame
"Moreover, the recent recession led many women and couples to want to avoid
or delay pregnancy and childbearing." That makes no sense, since these are
exactly the type of people who would use birth control anyway, and abortion is
itself a form of delaying or avoiding pregnancy. A declining birth rate might be
explained by a bad economy, but not a declining abortion rate. Ask yourself, if
abortion rates shot up, couldn't they also reasonably blame it on a bad
@reason: Curiously I find an implicit agenda in almost all newspapers and news
reporting agencies. Even more curious is that you seem not to have noticed the
agenda on the left.
Fewer abortions is a good thing, I think everyone agrees.It's
either greater use of birth control, a higher birth rate, or people are having
less sex.The birth rate is lower, so that's not it.We don't have access to birth control consumption data, so the argument
can be less sex vs more birth control.
But . . but . . I thought morality in the United States was just getting worse
and worse! I'm so used to hearing shrieks of alarm about today's youth
from hand-wringing social conservatives, that this can't be true!
Practically every week in church someone has to pipe up about how they fear for
their children and grandchildren. Oh, how will they make it in today's
world?Well, whatever the reasons for the decline in abortion, it
would seem to be a sign that maybe not every aspect of society is circling the
We can improve it more. Continue to empower women, for starters. Talk more
openly about sex, too. Accept that people have sex for their own reasons, and
learn to deal with it. Make sure prevention is readily available.
Result of the growing gay community.