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Mar 12 2014

Another Birth Control Myth Debunked

The Contraceptive Choice Project, a long-term research study by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is destroying a lot of commonly made Christian right claims about birth control. First it showed that offering free birth control to low-income women dramatically reduces abortion rates. Now it shows that free birth control does not increase risky sexual behavior.

Most of the women did report that they were having sex more frequently — but they were doing it safely. The majority of participants, 70 percent, reported that there was no difference in the number of their sexual partners. The women who did report an increase were most likely to have gone from zero sexual activity to a sole sexual partner. There also weren’t any increased rates of sexually transmitted infections among the group that got no-cost contraception.

“Increasing access to no-cost contraceptives doesn’t translate into riskier sexual behavior,” Jeffrey Peipert, the study’s senior author, explained. “It’s not the contraception that drives their sexual behavior.”

Indeed, even among the women who indicated that they wanted to start using birth control specifically so they could become sexually active, more than 45 percent had not actually started having sex after a year of using contraception.

The new research paper directly refutes arguments from groups like the right-wing Family Research Council, which argues that it’s important to restrict access to contraception todissuade teens from having sex. Nonetheless, the debate over Obamacare’s birth control provision has largely centered on this myth about female sexuality. Particularly after Sandra Fluke testified in favor of the policy, conservatives were quick to bash her for being a “slut” who wanted the government to finance her promiscuous sex life. Two years later, Republican lawmakers are still repeating this line of reasoning.

Once again, I say that birth control in this country should be absolutely free for everyone. It empowers women and gives them control over their reproduction, reduces unwanted pregnancies (and thus abortions), and ultimately will save us far more money than it costs to provide it for everyone.

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  1. 1
    laurentweppe

    The real myth is that pro-lifers want to diminish the number of abortions.

  2. 2
    colnago80

    The reason why the fucken born agains are opposed to contraception is that they consider pregnancy out of wedlock to be a punishment for immoral behavior.

  3. 3
    doublereed

    Such studies always seem pointless to me. There’s few people who would actually be convinced by evidence and yet also believe in BS like “contraception creates loose women.” It just seems obviously stupid to me.

    The fact that Republican lawmakers continue to use the “slutty” thing is precisely what I mean.

  4. 4
    Joshua

    First it showed that offering free birth control to low-income women dramatically reduces abortion rates.

    Unfortunately many of these idiots consider preventing an egg from implanting to be an abortion. Some of them would argue that taking birth control guarantees an abortion every month.

  5. 5
    Synfandel

    The new research paper directly refutes arguments from groups like the right-wing Family Research Council, which argues that it’s important to restrict access to contraception to dissuade teens from having sex.

    Why does the Family Propaganda Council feel that it needs to dissuade teens from having sex? If they’re doing it safely, what’s the problem? Someone’s having more fun than we are?

  6. 6
    Chiroptera

    Huh. Studies show that made-up facts are false.

    Eventually, they are going to have to admit the real reason they are against birth control: sluts having sex should become pregnant and forced to bear children as punishment for being sluts.

    Let’s be clear about this: the relgious right isn’t concerned about the consequences of unintended pregnancy or the spread of infectious disease. What they are concerned about is keeping women the sexual property of their husbands, and they want to make sure that women suffer consequences if they dare to make their own choices about their own sexuality.

  7. 7
    Orakio

    @5:

    You have to go back to the patriarchal view point: Women are property and baby incubators, not people. An unwed baby incubator having sex reduces her value as the family patriarch’s property – the father can’t guarantee that any sons the incubator gives a future husband are actually the husband’s.

    Now excuse me, I need go dip my fingers in acid to clean that filth off from typing that. Possibly pour it through one ear and out the other, too.

  8. 8
    Mr Ed

    Arina Grossu, director of the council’s Center for Human Dignity, says she finds the new study unconvincing and believes more contraception does lead to more risky sex…

    But Grossu says the study does not show whether results differed between new and previous contraceptive users and does not include any comparisons with non-participants, a so-called control group.

    This is from a USA Today article published on the 7th. I like the idea that a survey of almost 10,000 women is flawed because it doesn’t compare results with those not surveyed. Looks like somebody has a third grade science education.

  9. 9
    raven

    …gives them control over their reproduction, reduces unwanted pregnancies (and thus abortions), and ultimately will save us far more money than it costs to provide it for everyone.

    It also reduces the life long poverty rate and welfare costs.

    Teenage pregnancy is higly correlated and causal with life long povery.

    It’s estimated that 1 dollar spent on birth control by the government saves the government 6 dollars.

  10. 10
    raven

    Unintended Pregnancies Cost Taxpayers $11 Billion A Year: Report
    www. huffingtonpost. com/…/unintended-pregnancies-cost-taxpayers_n_8…‎

    May 24, 2011 – In exchange for getting support for Planned Parenthood from the … Unintended Pregnancies Cost Government $11 Billion a Year …. 24

    Family Planning Subsidies: Much Ado about Something | Brookings …
    www .brookings. edu/blogs/up…/04/12-family-planning-thomas-sawhill‎

    Apr 12, 2011 – Subsidizing contraception is an effective way of reducing … more than five dollars for every one dollar that the government spends.

    According to various studies, government spending on contraception saves it 4 to 6 dollars in Medicaid and welfare costs.

  11. 11
    busterggi

    “Most of the women did report that they were having sex more frequently”

    Probably enjoying it too.

    Women having the freedom to enjoy life is anti-Abrahamic religion.

  12. 12
    raven

    If you look at fundie xian/Tea Party politicies, they are designed for maximum misery.

    1. Reduce or outlaw contraception and outlaw abortion.

    2. Prohibit teaching of comprehensive sex ed for abstinence only, a proven failure.

    3. Abolish food stamps and limit or abolish welfare.

    This will end up with hordes of single young mothers and their kids starving in the streets.

    Presumably their Sky Monster god will be happy. Got to wonder about a god who lives on the misery of people and their children.

  13. 13
    D. C. Sessions

    Looks like somebody has a third grade rate science education.

    FTFY.

  14. 14
    marcus

    “Women having the freedom to enjoy life is anti-Abrahamic religion.”
    QFFT. It really is quite simple, isn’t it?

  15. 15
    raven

    Unfortunately many of these idiots consider preventing an egg from implanting to be an abortion. Some of them would argue that taking birth control guarantees an abortion every month.

    This is just the latest lie of the christofascists.

    Birth control pills and especially the Morning After pill prevent ovulation, not implantation.

    They are wrong on the science. These people live in a giant fog of one lie after the other.

  16. 16
    D. C. Sessions

    Birth control pills and especially the Morning After pill prevent ovulation, not implantation.

    They are wrong on the science. These people live in a giant fog of one lie after the other.

    Your so-called “science” also teaches the lie of so-called “evolution.” The Bible tells us that you’re wrong on both counts.

  17. 17
    raven

    Contraception. 2010 Nov;82(5):404-9. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2010.05.004.
    Mechanism of action of emergency contraception.
    Gemzell-Danielsson K.
    A major barrier to the widespread acceptability and use of emergency contraception (EC) are concerns regarding the mechanisms of action of EC methods. Today, levonorgestrel (LNG) in a single dose of 1.5 mg taken within 120 h of an unprotected intercourse is the most widely used EC method worldwide.

    It has been demonstrated that LNG-EC acts through an effect on follicular development to delay or inhibit ovulation but has no effect once luteinizing hormone has started to increase.

    Thereafter, LNG-EC cannot prevent ovulation and it does not prevent fertilization or affect the human fallopian tube. LNG-EC has no effect on endometrial development or function. In an in vitro model, it was demonstrated that LNG did not interfere with blastocyst function or implantation.

    it was demonstrated that LNG did not interfere with blastocyst function or implantation.

    Straight from the medical literature, National Library of Medicine.

    Fundies always prefer lies over reality. It’s one of their three main sacraments.

  18. 18
    alanb

    What I find interesting about these arguments is that the people making them seem to assume that only single women take birth control. Do employers want their married employees to get pregnant or do they just want them to stop having sex with their husbands?

  19. 19
    freehand

    colnago80: The reason why the fucken born agains are opposed to contraception is that they consider pregnancy out of wedlock to be a punishment for immoral behavior.
    .
    This.
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    US fundamentalists do not care about embryos and abortions; they do not care if babies are unwanted or children abused. What drives them up the wall is the thought that somewhere, some woman might have sex and get away with it, i.e. not get pregnant or sick. They also fight against HPV vaccinations – don’t want to risk a girl having sex and not dying from it, do we?
    .
    They’re not pro-life, because they make choices that result in death. They are anti-choice, period. They are hateful, misogynistic monsters, and their god is also. Fortunately, he is imaginary.

  20. 20
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    If you look at fundie xian/Tea Party politicies, they are designed for maximum misery.

    1. Reduce or outlaw contraception and outlaw abortion.

    2. Prohibit teaching of comprehensive sex ed for abstinence only, a proven failure.

    3. Abolish food stamps and limit or abolish welfare.

    This will end up with hordes of single young mothers and their kids starving in the streets.

    Presumably their Sky Monster god will be happy. Got to wonder about a god who lives on the misery of people and their children.

    To be fair, the right-wingers could just as well be planning to then fatten those kids up and eat them…

  21. 21
    D. C. Sessions

    Do employers want their married employees to get pregnant or do they just want them to stop having sex with their husbands?

    What makes you think that it’s OK for women to have jobs in the first place?

    Other, I mean, than the ones God intended them to have: cooking, cleaning, child care, baby production, sexual gratification of their husbands, picketing, gardening, milking livestock, raising funds for the Church, sewing, running home-based MLMs, etc.

  22. 22
    Modusoperandi

    Once again, I say that birth control in this country should be absolutely free for everyone.

    THERES NO SUCH THING AS “FREE”. YOURE FORGETTING THE MORAL COST OF ABETTING SLUTS AND OTHER MORAL DEGENERATES HAVING SEX.

    It empowers women…

    AH, THERES YOUR PROBLEM.

    …and gives them control over their reproduction…

    “HER REPRODUCTION”? THAT CLEARLY FALLS UNDER THE MANTLE OF HER HUSBAND. ITS CALLED “PATRIARCHY” FOR A REASON!

    …reduces unwanted pregnancies (and thus abortions)…

    ETC!
     
    alanb ” What I find interesting about these arguments is that the people making them seem to assume that only single women take birth control. Do employers want their married employees to get pregnant or do they just want them to stop having sex with their husbands?”
    WE USE CONTRACEPTION BECAUSE WERE SPACING OUT OUR UNPLANNED PREGNANCIES. THEY USE CONTRACEPTION BECAUSE THEYRE SLUTS.

     
    freehand ”They also fight against HPV vaccinations – don’t want to risk a girl having sex and not dying from it, do we?”
    WRONG. LIKE THE STUDY ED BRATYON POSTED ABOVE PROVES, HPV VACCINATIONS LEAD TO RISKY AND IMMORAL BEHAVIOR.
    PEOPLE WHO ARENT ME GETTING CROTCH CANCER LATER IN LIFE IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR MY OWN MORAL SUPERIORITY.

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