One of the big arguments for the “morning after” pill was that it would cut down on the number of abortions.
Well, guess what. Just the opposite is happening.
From the article:
Abortion rates among women, aged 15 to 44, lept from 11 per thousand in 1984 to 17.8 per thousand in 2004, even though the morning-after pill has been available over the counter from chemists since 2001, Professor Anna Glasier said in the British Medical Journal Friday.
Now, just to be certain, here’s another source which uses data from 2001-2004 (silly AFP):
So the morning-after pill, or emergency contraceptive, has made no significant impact on abortion rates. People who pushed for this thing to be OTC argued that easy access to emergency contraceptive would decrease abortions dramatically.
Well, they’re wrong. Now how can it be possible that allowing for even more contraceptive means more abortions?
It comes down to sex. Biologically, sex is the process by which our species propagates. Our species is different than most as the female ovulates about 12 times a year, on average, from ages 12-40, or sometime thereabouts. So our biology is rigged to reproduce 12 times a year.
Men, working on their biological nature, are horny basically from age 13-100. The reason being is that men have to spread their seed quickly, as they are the hunters and they are often eaten by sabre-toothed tigers. Well, we were. But as our society progressed, our biology did not. In evolutionary terms, we are pretty much the same as we were 100,000 years ago. There are important differences, but reproduction is still pretty much the same.
In the 1950s, we discover the pill. Sex is revolutionized. And then revolutionized again when the era of “free love” surfaces in the 60s. Sex becomes commonplace and recreational rather than reproductive. Societally sex has changed, but biologically it hasn’t. Even with the miracle of “the pill”, pregnancy rates begin to rise.
The comes Roe vs. Wade. It is now possible for the pregnancy to be terminated.
Interesting terms are used here, because something did die. The reproductive view of sex died at that moment. Recreational sex was given the trump card. And the glorification of sex (which is completely natural and enjoyable) was the norm.
Then the Reagan revolution came about. Baby Boomers vs. Their Parents. Conservatism vs. Liberalism. People fought abortion. Slowly the idea of abortion became abhorrent. Even Hillary Clinton doesn’t like abortions now. But the idea of “liberation” abortions gave was too much for the liberal side of the aisle to give up. Abortions are “regrettable”. Maybe they could come up with something better?
Enter Emergency Contraception. It’s contraception! Not abortion! It’s like the $25 condom. It’s the ultimate out. Sex is safe.
But it’s not. All it does is encourage more and more sex. Sex leads to pregnancy. And if there is no emergency contraception, the only other out is abortion. So, logically, abortion rates had to increase becuase the social perception that leads to abortion was not changed.
The only way to significantly reduce the amount of abortions is to shift the focus of sex away from recreational sex to reproductive sex. Unfortunately, the genie’s been let out of that bottle, and it’s going to be very difficult getting him back in.