Wednesday, December 07, 2005

So much for "Plan B"

Morning After Pill Expert Admits It Doesn't Reduce Pregnancy or Abortion Rates
Kirsten Moore, president and CEO of Reproductive Health Technologies Project, there is no evidence that easy access to the morning-after pill reduces pregnancies or abortions, as pro-abortion groups have claimed.

All they've seen is spotty increases in pregnancies -- with the caveat that "correlation does not equal causation" -- and an increase in STDs.

I think what probably happens is this:
  • Some women don't change their behavior at all, Plan B or no Plan B.
  • Some women don't change their sexual behavior or their birth control practices, other than to occasionally use Plan B, which may prevent a couple of pregnancies or abort a few too early for them to be detected.
  • Some women get sloppy with their sexual and/or birth control practices, secure in the thought that Plan B is available. They then may or may not follow through with using Plan B. These would account for the areas where there's an increase in pregnancies. I'm wondering if those areas are areas where it's highly publicized that Plan B is available.

    Let's face it, the idea that you can always "fix" your situation tomorrow will increase the possibility you'll take a risk in the first place.
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