Tuesday, July 15, 2008
more birth control, fewer abortions
On a simple pragmatic level, I find people who are opposed both to birth control and abortion deeply confusing. If you want to limit abortions in a country where they are (for now) legal, it seems to me you have two options. One, get people to limit the amount of sex they have. Two, get people to utilize effective birth control when they have sex so that the amount of unwanted pregnancies go down. Now, I'm not one to suggest that the only goals we should aspire to are ones that we can actually accomplish. But it certainly seems to me that, if you aren't opposed to sex in general and simply want to prevent abortions, it's more likely that people are going to adopt safer sexual practices than give up sex altogether. I know I'm hardly the first to make this point, but it seems that Planned Parenthood has probably prevented many more abortions than they performed, given their distribution of birth control and family planning advice. I mean if you're so animated by abortion that you call it a "Holocaust of the unborn", as some of said... shouldn't you be going door to door distributing condoms?