Sunday, January 02, 2011

STUDY: Increased use of contraception associated with increase in abortion rate

"If women would only use more contraception, then the abortion rate would go down!"

From a Spanish study:

RESULTS: During the study period, 1997 to 2007, the overall use of contraceptive methods increased from 49.1% to 79.9%. The most commonly used method was the condom (an increase from 21% to 38.8%), followed by the pill (an increase from 14.2% to 20.3%). (...) The elective abortion rate increased from 5.52 to 11.49 per 1000 women.

So in the ten year period that contraception use increased by about 60%, the abortion rate doubled. In other words, even with an increase in contraception use, there weren't fewer unwanted pregnancies, there were more.