Year after year, the Guttmacher Institute statistics reveal that half of women getting abortions are using some type of birth control in the month they became pregnant. That means half of women get abortions because they were using birth control. Why are they pregnant? Birth control is failing our women. Our society is failing our women.
How often do we hear the constant mantra of birth control? "It's responsible," they say. "It's necessary; it's effective; don't forget to use it!" We hear this all too often through the media, from our physicians, from our friends and neighbors, etc.
If we are hearing so much about these products, but women still get pregnant while using them, why do people still insist on promoting them? And, why is the next "responsible choice" an abortion? Why do we justify or promote murder as the solution to product failure?
The US Supreme Court knew what they were saying in the 1994 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey,:
[F]or two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail. (505 US 833, 856)****
It's a throwback! This post originally published May 15, 2008