Friday, February 10, 2012

Conscience vs. women's health

Or, are they on the same team? Conscience rights and women's health OR Conscience rights vs. women's health?

A concerned woman opined in the New York Times yesterday that
the ability to prevent or space pregnancy being an essential part of women’s health care
However, Ms. Greenhouse has overlooked this:
Fifty-four percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually the condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant.
If contraception is so reliable, putting the moral question aside, why are they pregnant? Why are over half of abortions happening precisely because contraception was used? 

Given these abysmal failure rates for contraceptive methods, I would have to say that the conscience objections are a step in the right direction for women's health: clearly these methods are failing women and leading them to the desperate solution of abortion, further harming their mental and physical health. 

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