Originally published at The American Catholic.
The results of a new study have just been released, and the researchers conclude that when women are allowed to chose any version of contraception they want for free, the abortion rate decreases. Spirals even.
Specifically, more than 9,000 women in St. Louis area, ages 14 to 45, were given free contraception for three years, and the abortion rate dropped lower than the national rate to 4.4 – 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women compared to 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women nationwide.
The implications? According to The New York Times, the study is evidence that the HHS Mandate should be enforced, although CNN understands that is controversial for religious groups. NBC says these findings will have many implications for society although “the Catholic Church is unlikely to be moved.”
The comment of a 26 year old graduate student named Ashley at Washington University is revealing. She participated in the project and opted to forego her $90 a month birth control pills for the free intrauterine implant. She said the implant gives her better peace of mind.
“No one had ever presented all the options equally,” she said. “It’s not telling you what to do. It’s giving you a choice unhindered by money.”
Liberal progressives argue for this kind of care because they want women to believe the government cares for them. Government caring for you is a tenet of liberalism. The problem is, governments cannot care for people. People care for people. Governments are big, nameless, faceless institutions that, if allowed, seek to sustain themselves by growing in power. But how do you communicate this to someone? You bring it down to the personal level they think it is.
Suppose you are the government and Ashley is your daughter. Is her statement really the kind of statement that makes you proud of your parenting skills? Do you want her to go to college making choices about anything — especially her choices about who she lets have sex with her — unhindered by money? That just teaches her poor discipline and puts her in danger.
The study also found a drastic reduction in teen births. Among teen girls ages 15 to 19 the annual birth rate was 6.3 per 1,000 girls compared to the national rate of 34.3 per 1,000 for teen girls. Is this the solution for teens? Have sex unhindered by money? Say that out loud a few times.
Or, let’s just assume that Planned Parenthood, who helped design this study, really does want to reduce abortions. Let’s assume that the government is really just looking for good ways to solve social problems and save taxpayers money. Well, if that’s really the goal, and it’s not really about taking care of your daughter for you, then what is to stop them from requiring your daughter at some point to be sterilized like an animal?
Stuffing foreign objects and carcinogenic chemicals into her body because she can’t be expected to control herself is only one step away from what we do to animals – sterilize and get them fixed. Wouldn’t that really save the most money? Wouldn’t that really bring that abortion rate down? Why yes, it would. Spiral? Abortion would go away entirely. Why aren’t they doing that? Would’ve saved a whole lot of time and money doing the study too.
They aren’t doing that because it’s not the goal, yet. For now, it’s supposed to look like it’s about choice. They want our nation’s women to think they are dependent on Daddy Government.
Caring for women is not the real agenda. Saving the taxpayers money or reducing abortion is not the real agenda. The real agenda is about power. How do you gain power? You convince people they need you to take care of them. You convince them you can save them. You convince them you are god. Works every time, right?
“Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes, not divine, but demonic.” -Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, on Communism
*Jennifer Fulwiler at National Catholic Register has more information about this study and the shocking ethics behind it.