While the consensus is that birth control is reducing pregnancy rates, could it actually be legalized abortion?
Reducing pregnancy is considered a self-evident blessing by modern elites. And as long as most of the reduction could be ascribed to contraception, conservatives didn’t object too much. But if birth control was partly responsible for a spike in teen sexual activity, and birth control has a significant failure rate, then wouldn’t the decline in teen pregnancy have to be attributed to something else?
Lifezette reports, “Abortion, Not Birth Control, Is Pushing U.S. Pregnancy Rates Down.”
Legalized abortion is a bigger factor than broader access to birth control in the declining U.S. birthrate and steadily shrinking family sizes, according to new research by a Middlebury College professor.
“The results suggest that policies governing access to the pill had little, if any, effect on the average probabilities of marrying and giving birth at a young age,” Middlebury College professor Caitlin Knowles Myers wrote in a December report for the Journal of Political Economy that received little notice in the mainstream media.
“In contrast, policy environments in which abortion was legal and readily accessible by young women are estimated to have caused a 34 percent reduction in first births, a 19 percent reduction in first marriages, and a 63 percent reduction in ‘shotgun marriages’ prior to age 19.”
There were 3,999,386 infants born in the United States in 2010, 3 percent fewer than in 2009, according to the National Institutes of Health. The decline was seen in nearly all races and Hispanic-origin groups.
Myers traced the court decisions and legislative changes beginning in the 1960s and 1970s that removed legal obstacles to birth control and abortion for couples and single women. She compared that information to data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Anti-abortion activists said the study points to the profound and underappreciated impact that widespread abortion has had on the U.S. population.
“When you’re killing a million babies a year, obviously you’re going to have a major effect on birth rates,” said Jim Sedlak, executive director of the American Life League.
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