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Monday, October 02, 2006
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Where the Rubber meets the Roe.

In today's Slate Magazine, Will Saletan's has a beautiful double entendre use of 'Roe', and his take on two bills currently in the House of Representatives aimed at not criminalizing, but significantly reducing abortions through better support for women to carry unwanted pregancies to term, and increasing access to contraception.

The pro-lifers are balking because they see increased access to contraception directly correlated to more sex and therefor, more abortions.

Does the increased risk from more sex outweigh the decreased risk from more protection? Do the math. On average, contraception lowers your odds of pregnancy by a factor of seven. If you're capable of having seven times as much sex, congratulations. The rest of us will get pregnant less often, not more.

And while we're on the topic, could someone explain to me why the Catholic Church and other Fundamentalist Christian groups oppose the morning after pill? In theory, it's supposed to prevent the implantation of a fertilized embryo. Ever hear of BREAST FEEDING?? Same diff. I doubt that they'll be rushing to prevent that any time soon.
posted by Broadsheet @ 12:21 PM  
3 Editorial Opinions:
  • At October 02, 2006, Blogger AnonymousCoworker said…

    I'm sorry, I just lost you on the breast feeding thing. Explain again, please.

  • At October 02, 2006, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    ACW: The risk of ovulation and pregnancy post partum if you are breast feeding and not having periods is only about 30%. The abnormal endocrine profile cause by the first luteal phase post partum offers effective protection to women who ovulate while breast feeding within the first 6 months after delivery. While not as effective as drugs, breast feeding performs much the same effect that they do.

  • At October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think the breatfeeding thing has to do with its being a naturally occuring phenomenon, like it is OK for infertile couples to have sex without hope of a child because their condition is inherent not induced.

    So with breastfeeding.

    Why it is wrong to use your naturally occuring intelligence to induce a similar effect escapes me.

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