Friday, December 20, 2013

Link Dump: Condoms, Birth Spacing, Sidewalk Counselors, Chemical Abortions

I am having trouble getting to my blog with enough energy to comment on the news, so for now, a link dump:

Again science tells you what you already know: People don't like using condoms because it inhibits pleasure.

That's one advantage NFP has over condoms.

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 I thought this study was rather obnoxious:


To determine the use of contraceptive methods, defined by effectiveness, length of coverage, and their association with short interpregnancy intervals, controlling for provider type and client demographics.


We identified a cohort of 117,644 women from the 2008 California Birth Statistical Master file with second or higher order birth and at least one Medicaid (Family PACT or Medi-Cal) claim within 18 months after index birth. We explored the effect of contraceptive method provision on the odds of having an optimal interpregnancy interval, controlling for covariates.


The average length of contraceptive coverage was 3.81 months (SD=4.84). The majority of women received user-dependent hormonal contraceptives as their most effective method (55%, n=65,103) and one-third (33%; n=39,090) had no contraceptive claim. Women who used long-acting reversible methods had 3.89 times the odds and women who used user-dependent hormonal methods had 1.89 times the odds of achieving an optimal birth interval compared to women who used barrier methods only; women with no method had 0.66 times the odds. When considering user-dependent methods, for each additional month of contraceptive coverage, the odds of having an optimal birth interval increased by 8% (OR 1.08, CI: 1.08 - 1.09)). Women seen by Family PACT or by both Family PACT and Medi-Cal providers had significantly higher odds of optimal birth intervals compared to women served by Medi-Cal only.

This study does not speak to the women's intentions. Maybe they weren't looking to have kids, but were perfectly happy with having one within 18 months of delivering.

I thought it was rather manipulative.

"Optimal birth spacing" isn't just about biology.

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Former 40 Days for Life leader launches national program to train and support sidewalk counselors

“In short, we hope to see every abortion facility in the United States covered with at least two peaceful, loving and effective sidewalk advocates or counselors every hour that it is open,” Muzyka told LifeSiteNews. “While there are some communities that already have training, local infrastructure and support to sustain their current program, there are many local communities that do not - so, if we can be a blessing to those desperately needing this, then we are honored to serve! We hope to fill the gap!”

For right now, Sidewalk Advocates for Life is only accepting U.S. applicants. But Muzyka hasn’t ruled out an expansion. “Could this program go International?” she asked. “We are open to seeing what God will do.”

While we wait to implement pro-life laws, we can work towards legal recognition of sidewalk counselors and make it a legal profession like nursing and social work.

This could counteract the effects of bubble zones.

If sidewalk counselors are a recognized profession, on the same level as nursing, then we have a greater legal footing to neutralize bubble zone laws. These laws are mandated for "health" reasons.

Well intervening to stop an abortion is also "health". This would have legal impact.

I can just imagine community colleges-- particularly Christian colleges-- starting programs to that end.

It would also help neturalize some of the rank amateurs on the sidewalks. It does not good to swear or insult women entering the clinic.


This study examines the effects of chemical abortions at up  to 70 days'  gestation.

Right now, the latest they normally occur is 63 days (when they are elective. There are second trimester regimens, but they are often experimental or take place in hospitals).


A total of 703 cases were analyzable for efficacy. Success rates did not differ significantly in the two groups [57-63-day group: 94·8%; 64-70-day group: 91.9%; Relative Risk (RR): 0.79 (0.61-1.04)]. Ongoing pregnancy rates also did not differ significantly (57-63 days: 1.8%; 64-70 days: 2.2%; RR: 1.10 (0.65-1.87)].


A medical abortion regimen of 200 mg mifepristone followed in 24-48 h by 400 mcg sublingual misoprostol is effective through 70 days' gestation and may be offered within existing outpatient abortion services.


A regimen of 200 mg mifepristone followed in 24-48 h by 400 mcg sublingual misoprostol is effective up to 70 days' LMP. The findings have important implications for expanding access to outpatient medical abortion services in settings where the cost of misoprostol is of concern or a two-pill misoprostol regimen is the standard of care.

So 1 in 12 abortions in the 64-70 day group aren't successful and this is considered... okay?

Lots of women don't go to their follow up appointments to get checked out.

To me, this sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.