Take it from a guy who has been picketed; suggesting women be given free birth control is a controversial topic.
Obamacare, which mandates free birth control be provided, has drawn a lot of criticism from religious groups and others who allege it sends a message to teens it’s OK to be promiscuous.
A new study concludes the opposite is true — those given free birth control have fewer partners.
A USA Today article highlights conclusions of the study of almost 8,000 girls and women given free birth control for a year in St. Louis:
“The idea that the only thing standing between women and promiscuity is a fear of pregnancy” doesn’t hold much water, said researcher Gina Secura.
Not everyone believes the numbers.
Critics says free birth control gives young women a false sense of security and point out the St. Louis study did not include a control group (girls not given free birth control) to compare numbers against.
Also, about 16 percent of those in the study failed to answer survey questions at the study’s conclusion, and those may have been the most promiscuous.
In related news, a study in Vermont concludes the state saves $10,000 per year from every prevented unwanted teen pregnancy. Preventing a mother and single child from going on public assistance saves the state $34,000 per year.
In Georgia, in 2008, a whopping 57 percent of all pregnancies were “unintended,” says the Guttmacher Institute. Thirty percent of those babies were aborted.
U.S. Census data from 2010 says 31,244 babies were aborted in Georgia, with 53.6 percent of the mothers being black, 22 percent white and 20 percent Hispanic.
Anything that lowers those numbers would seem to be a moral and financial winner, but what do you think?
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the study only included girls, but the USA Today reporter contacted me to say the study also included women.
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