September 2011: Life Matters

  FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…     There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. – Elie Wiesel U.S. Cities Prepare for National Life Chain on October 2nd   Pro-Abortionists’ Great Expectations Collapse in the Wake of Two Pro-Life Wins Commentary: New Evidence Shows Depth of Tiller Crimes New Video Highlights Obama-Planned Parenthood 'Relationship' Obama Administration Usurps State's Rights & Grants $1+Million Grant To Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire   Fear in US as Drug Shortages Mount You’ve Been Guttmacher’d: Still Planned Parenthood’s 'Baby'? Will "Contraception" Mandate Force Abortifacient IUDs on More Women? Commentary: If Every Life is Worth Saving, the Pro-Life Movement Must Now Oppose Hormonal Birth Control Commentary: Protestant Life Chain Founder Urges Pastors to Denounce Contraception Fortunate Freedoms Pro-Life Youth Can’t Vote But Can Definitely Do Much to Stop Abortion Students Engaged in National Pro-Life Chalk Day 8 Sept 11 Over 1,000 Hairstylists Commit to Talk About Abortion at Their Shops Surgery for the Unborn Proves Impressively Successful Time to Investigate Planned Parenthood for Sex Abuse Coverups Funding Planned Parenthood Does NOT Stop Unplanned Pregnancies Answering Questions About Possible Down Syndrome Treatment Commentary: Top Ten Back-to-School Pro-Life Action Items Planned Parenthood Lauds Obama Admin National Aggressive Pursuit of FACE Act Against Pro-Life Witnesses Congressman Chris Smith Discusses Innovative Treatment for Hydrocephalus Babies Go to Congress to Support Pregnancy Help Centers, 5-6 October Pro-(Fun)Life: Family Recreation on a Budget Pregnant by Rape? New Documentary About Philippines Pro-Life Fight Disable Sexuality Web Filters or Face a Lawsuit:...

Guttmacher Inst. Report: Abortion Statistics, 2001 & 2002 (AGI, 2006)

A report form the Alan Guttmacher Institute provides wide ranging statistics and demographic information on women who had abortions. In addition to reporting that abortion numbers continued to drop in 2001 and 2002, the report contains findings that may bolster arguments made by social conservatives on several different issues, including one finding that would indicate contraceptive use may not stop unplanned pregnancies. The Alan Guttmacher Institute is the research arm of Planned Parenthood and openly supports abortion and widespread access to contraceptives.     http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html  Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States Updated 05/2006 INCIDENCE OF ABORTION Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion.[1] Twenty-four percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.[2] In 2002, 1.29 million abortions took place, down from 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2002, more than 42 million legal abortions occurred.[3] Each year, two out of every 100 women aged 15–44 have an abortion; 48% of them have had at least one previous abortion.[4] WHO HAS ABORTIONS Black women are almost four times as likely as white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are 2.5 times as likely.[7] Forty-three percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27% as Catholic.[8] On average, women give four reasons for choosing abortion. Three-fourths of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals; three-fourths say they cannot afford a child; three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents; and half say they do not want to be a...

Access to Contraceptives Does Not Stop Unplanned Pregnancies, Abortion Statistics (AGI) & Comments

A report form the Alan Guttmacher Institute provides wide ranging statistics and demographic information on women who had abortions. In addition to reporting that abortion numbers continued to drop in 2001 and 2002, the report contains findings that may bolster arguments made by social conservatives on several different issues, including one finding that would indicate contraceptive use may not stop unplanned pregnancies. The Alan Guttmacher Institute is the research arm of Planned Parenthood and openly supports abortion and widespread access to contraceptives. The report placed great emphasis on the fact that 48 percent of pregnancies in the US are unplanned. Of those unplanned pregnancies, 47 percent end in abortion, 40 percent are carried to full term and 13 percent end in miscarriage. Advocates of abortion often argue that to decrease abortions, unintended pregnancies must be reduced through increased access to contraceptives. But the Guttmacher Institute's research indicates that 53 percent of women who have unintended pregnancies used a contraceptive method during the month they got pregnant. The data also indicates that marriage plays a unique role as a protector of the unborn. According to the report, "Married women account for a lower proportion of abortions (17%), in part because they have low rates of unintended pregnancy," but even in cases of unintended pregnancies, married women "are more likely than unmarried women to continue the pregnancy." And cohabitation is not an adequate substitute for marriage. "About 25% of abortions occur among women living with a male partner to whom they are not married, although such women make up only about 10% of all women aged 15-44." The report also reveals...

Women Requesting EC/MAP Are a High-Risk Group for Unintended Pregnancies (7/01)

YOUNG WOMEN REQUESTING EC ARE, DESPITE CONTRACEPTIVE COUNSELING, A HIGH RISK GROUP FOR NEW UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES/ABORTIONS EC [emergency contraception] was introduced in Sweden in 1994. In addition to an unplanned pregnancy, unprotected sexual intercourse may also involve the risk of contracting STDs. Between 9/1998 – 2/1999 young women aged 15-25 years had the opportunity to obtain EC (Yuzpe method) at a youth clinic in Orebro; hours included Saturdays/Sundays. A follow-up visit 3 weeks after treatment, which included contraceptive counseling, was offered to all participants. After the initial visit, the women where monitored for new pregnancies during the next 12 months. Of those requesting EC, 54% did so because no contraception was used, 32% because of a ruptured condom, 11% because of missed oral contraceptives (OC); 5% had mixed reasons. At follow-up 1 year after the initial visit, 10 of the 134 women had experienced an unplanned pregnancy that terminated in legal abortion in 9 women. All these women had either started and terminated OC or had never commenced the prescribed OC. Young women who request EC are, despite a planned follow-up with contraceptive counseling, a high risk group for new unintended pregnancies. PMID: 11535209 [from abstract, Contraception. 2001 Jul;64(1):23-7, Falk G, Falk L, Hanson U, Milsom I.; Dept of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Orebro Medical Centre Hospital, Orebro,...

Majority of Unplanned Pregnancies Occur When Using Contraception / Aspects of Contraception (Ehmann)

In a study of abortion patients in 1994-95 [Alan Guttmacher Inst.], 58% of patients reported that they ‘currently used’ contraception during the month of their last menstrual period… In 1995… approximately 29% of sexually active U.S. women who used only [OCs] for birth control reported that they missed a birth-control pill one or more times during the 3 months before…approximately 33% of U.S. women who were using only coitus-dependent contraceptive methods during the 3 months before the interview used these methods inconsistently.” [CDC, MMWR, 7June02, “Abortion Surveillance – United States, 1998”] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Two-thirds of unplanned pregnancies occur among women who described themselves as using birth control, according to a study published in the May 2003 issue of the journal Human Reproduction. Researchers from the Hospital de Bicetre in France surveyed 2,863 women ages 18 to 44; 1,034 of the women had had an abortion or an unintended pregnancy within the last five years and 1,829 of the women were randomly selected. Among the women who became pregnant unintentionally, 65 percent reported using contraception. Among those women, 21 percent reported using birth control pills, 9 percent reported using an intrauterine device, 12 percent reported using condoms, and 23 percent reported using some other method of contraception. However, 60 percent of the women who reported using birth control pills said they had missed one or more pills and 30 percent of IUD users said that device was in the wrong position or fell out. In addition, more than 50 percent of women who reported using condoms said that the condom tore or fell off during intercourse and 30 percent of regular...