Contraception - Adverse Effects: Cancer / Stroke / Abortion

Study of Planned Parenthood Own Numbers Show 'Safe-Sex' Not so Safe

[not new, just underreported…]

“Contraceptive Failure in the First Two Years of Use: Differences Across Socioeconomic Subgroups,” Nalini Ranjit, Akinrinola Bankole, Jacqueline E. Darroch and Susheela Singh. Family Planning Perspectives, Vol 33, No. 1. January/February 2001, pp. 19-27.
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3301901.pdf
 
“Contraceptive Failure Rates: New Estimates From the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth,” Haisahn Fu, Jacqueline E. Darroch, Taylor Haas, and Nalini Ranjit, Family Planning Perspectives, Vol 31, No. 2. March/April 1999, pp. 56-63.
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3105699.pdf
 

On Townhall.com today [9July07], Jennifer Roback Morse, author of Smart Sex: Finding True Love in a Hook-Up World, deftly and succinctly demonstrates how futile federally funded comprehensive sex education is for its target audience.

The common number that is touted as evidence for the success of contraceptives is close to 90%.

Ms. Roback Morse looks deeper and discovers that this number is more representative among married women in their 30's and 40's.

Within this [married] group, only 3% of these women became pregnant while using the contraceptive pill.

Nearly 50% however, of low-income co-habitating teenage girls become pregnant while using the contraceptive pill and over 70% become pregnant while using condoms.

These are the numbers coming from the demographic the federal government is specifically targeting.

The percentage of pregnancies that occur from abstinence is 0%.

Despite this discrepancy in favor of abstinence, the federal government, Ms. Roback Morse states, spends $12 in contraceptive/condom education for every $1 in abstinence-only education.

What is perhaps the most intriguing about this research is that the numbers come from Planned Parenthood. The very organization that aggressively advocates the use of contraceptives admits that their methods are at best feeble for their target audience. The federal government should look at these numbers and then focus its efforts on the inevitable success of abstinence instead of the inevitable failure of contraceptives.
[FRC, 9July07]
 
Additional Resources
Get the Government Out of Sex Ed
 
Monday, July 9, 2007
 
If you need an operation and the doctor tells you that overall, seven-eighths of patients have a successful outcome, you might think that was a pretty good deal. But suppose the operation failed. While you’re in the recovery room, the doctor tells you, “Oh, by the way, for people like you, the operation only succeeds 30% of the time. But we’ll sell you the solution to the botched operation.” You’d be furious. You’d sue that doctor for malpractice if you didn’t punch him first.
 
Yet this is precisely the situation Congress supports by funding Planned Parenthood and its allies to provide “comprehensive sex education” in secondary schools.
 
This is no exaggeration. Look at contraceptive failure rates, using Planned Parenthood’s own data. Two studies, (listed below, with website addresses) use this definition of contraceptive failure: the percentage of women who experience a pregnancy at the end of one year of using a particular contraceptive method. Somewhere between 12% and 13% of all contracepting women experienced a pregnancy within a year. In other words, about seven-eighths of women use contraceptives successfully.

Two of the most commonly used and widely promoted methods are oral contraceptives and the male condom. Of all women using the Pill for one year, somewhere around 8% will experience a pregnancy.

Between 14% and 15% of women who use the condom will become pregnant within a year.
 
But these statistics, while technically correct, don’t tell the whole story, not by a long shot. These are the “overall” statistics that our hypothetical doctor used in our opening story. The “for people like you” statistics paint a very different picture. These studies break down the population into age groups, income levels, marital status and race.
 
A poor cohabiting teenager using the Pill has a failure rate of 48.4%. You read that correctly: nearly half of poor cohabiting teenagers get pregnant during their first year using the Pill. If she kicked her boyfriend out of the house, or if she married him, her probability of pregnancy drops to 12.9%. At the other extreme, a middle-aged, middle-class married woman has a 3% chance of getting pregnant after a year on the Pill.
 
Over 70% of poor, cohabiting teenagers using condoms, will be pregnant within a year. By contrast, the middle-aged, middle-class married woman has a 6% chance of pregnancy after a year of condom use.
 
These figures cast new light on the debate over contraception education. The commonly quoted failure rates of 8% for the Pill and 15% for the condom are inflated by the highly successful use by middle-aged, middle-class married couples. Yet, the government promotes contraception most heavily among the young, the poor and the single. The “overall failure rates” are simply not relevant to this target population.
 
Planned Parenthood and its allies in the sex education business have had conniptions over federal funding for abstinence education. But at least abstinence actually works. If you don’t have sex, you won’t get pregnant. It works every time.
 
With contraception, we can absolutely predict that some sexual encounters will result in pregnancy. The young, the poor and the unmarried are the most likely to experience a contraceptive failure. For these groups, pregnancy is not a rare accident, but highly likely. When the inevitable pregnancy occurs, guess who is ready to help solve her problem? That’s right: Planned Parenthood will sell her an abortion. The same people who teach sex education, which increases the demand for purchasing contraception, also sell the “solution” to contraceptive failure, which is abortion. Yet the federal government spends about $12 on contraceptive-related programs to every $1 spent on abstinence education.
 
We don’t give federal grants to tobacco companies to teach students “low-risk” forms of smoking on the grounds tha

t “kids are going to smoke anyway.” We shouldn’t be giving federal grants to groups that sell contraception, to teach kids to use contraception.
 
It is time for the federal government to get out of the sex education business once and for all.
 
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“Contraceptive Failure in the First Two Years of Use: Differences Across Socioeconomic Subgroups,” Nalini Ranjit, Akinrinola Bankole, Jacqueline E. Darroch and Susheela Singh. Family Planning Perspectives, Vol 33, No. 1. January/February 2001, pp. 19-27.
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3301901.pdf
 
“Contraceptive Failure Rates: New Estimates From the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth,” Haisahn Fu, Jacqueline E. Darroch, Taylor Haas, and Nalini Ranjit, Family Planning Perspectives, Vol 31, No. 2. March/April 1999, pp. 56-63.
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3105699.pdf
 
Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is the author of Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love In A Hook-up World. She blogs at jennifer-roback-morse.blogspot.com; 9July2007,
http://townhall.com/columnists/column.aspx?UrlTitle=get_the_government_out_of_sex_ed&ns=JenniferRobackMorse&dt=07/09/2007&page=1

 

 

Please NOTE that these two studies Morse cites in her article are studies that Planned Parenthood itself commissioned to be done. It is no secret to Planned Parenthood how necessary it is for kids to be engaged in sexual lifestyles to keep up its profit margins. Now it is time to make our communities aware of this same fact.  [STOPP WSR, 11July07]

"Medically Accurate, Comprehensive Sex Education"

"Medically Accurate, Comprehensive Sex Education"

To the average person, a program that claims to be “comprehensive” and “medically accurate” sounds very acceptable, and in fact, probably very good. At face value it is almost understandable that school boards and city councils would be taken in by a program described like this.

However, the problem is that when Planned Parenthood claims that its sex ed programs will be “comprehensive” and “medically accurate,” it is lying, plain and simple.
 
A very common example of Planned Parenthood’s sex ed hypocrisy is how it teaches children about “safer sex.”

According to Planned Parenthood, “safer sex” is a “relative term; it is anything you decide to do to lower the risk of becoming infected or infecting someone else, especially with dangerous infections, such as HIV.”

But it then turns around and rejects procedures such as circumcision that have been shown to drastically decrease HIV transmission. Why? According to Planned Parenthood, it is because “condom use is, by far, a superior safer sex strategy.”

Obviously, that can’t be the real reason.

If that were PP’s rationale, then it would only advocate for abstinence before marriage and fidelity to one’s spouse afterward, as it is the most “superior safer sex strategy” since it is 100 percent effective. We contend that the real reason Planned Parenthood doesn’t support circumcision is simply because it isn’t one of the services PP sells.
 
Well, at least Planned Parenthood is giving all the facts about its products and services, right? Outrageously, the answer again is no.

In fact, a recent article reported that a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region said that “emphasizing condom failure rates confuses adolescents.”

In other words, Planned Parenthood wants to teach our children to use condoms, but doesn’t feel it is appropriate to teach them the fact that condoms fail 15 percent of the time. That doesn’t sound very “comprehensive,” does it?
 
But that’s not all. Often in Planned Parenthood’s literature and presentations, it specifically omits the fact that nearly all contraceptive drugs and devices can contribute to the death of a developing child in their mother’s womb.

Certainly this would prove the program to be far from “comprehensive”; but what is worse is that when Planned Parenthood is specifically asked, it still denies the abortifacient nature of its products. This is not just medically inaccurate but is simply an outright lie.
 
Not only is Planned Parenthood’s sex ed program rife with disorder, but even PP itself doesn’t live up to its claim of providing “comprehensive, medically accurate sex ed” to our children.
 
In any given week, if one were to do an internet search for “Planned Parenthood,” one would likely come across some story about PP pushing what it calls “comprehensive, medically accurate sex ed.”

In past Wednesday STOPP Reports, we have given you glimpses into what Planned Parenthood feels such a sex ed program should entail:
 
— teach children to engage, guilt free, in sexual activities
— use sexually explicit films and images in presentations
— oppose parents’ role in instructing their children about sex
— distribute “sex toys” and coupons for pornography shops
— and make sure to start teaching kids all of this as young as age 9
 
As repulsive and unconscionable as all of this is, it is hard to believe that Planned Parenthood actively seeks to mandate this kind of program in all K-12 schools. Even more unbelievable, though, is that there are cities and school districts that are actually buying into it.
 
Because of this, it is clear that exposing the scandalous and pornographic nature of Planned Parenthood’s sex ed programs alone may not be sufficient to convince some people of the need to keep these programs away from our children.
 
In this edition of the Wednesday STOPP Report, we will go into more detail about other reasons why no

community should ever tolerate Planned Parenthood’s sex ed program.
 
A conflict of interest
 
Reasons why Planned Parenthood should never be allowed to teach its sex ed programs to our children: the following article was written by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. Morse is the author of Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love in a Hook-up World.

SEE ARTICLE ABOVE – Get the Government Out of Sex Ed

Note that the two studies Morse cites in her article are studies that Planned Parenthood itself commissioned to be done. It is no secret to Planned Parenthood how necessary it is for kids to be engaged in sexual lifestyles to keep up its profit margins. Now it is time to make our communities aware of this same fact. [STOPP WSR, 11July07]

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For those who may still doubt the connection between contraception and abortion…

In a study of abortion patients in 1994-95 [Alan Guttmacher Institute], 58% of patients reported that they ‘currently used’ contraception during the month of their last menstrual period
[CDC, MMWR, 7June02, "Abortion Surveillance – United States, 1998"]

Two-thirds of unplanned pregnancies occur among women who described themselves as using birth control.
Among the women who became pregnant unintentionally, 65 percent reported using contraception when they conceived. [May 2003, journal Human Reproduction, Researchers from the Hospital de Bicetre, France;  The Washington Post, 5/5/03]