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Surprised by the stork

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jan 04, 2005

Federal health officials are worried sick, having spotted a trend away from contraceptive use. In the last 7 years, it seems, the number of women of child-bearing age who are having sexual intercourse but not using contraceptives has risen from 5.2% to 7.4%.

That still means that almost 19 of 20 women are doing something to thwart their reproductive systems. But for US government officials, that's not good enough. The trouble, they tell us-- and you can almost see the furrows in their brows as you read the quotes-- is that many women are likely to experience "unintended pregnancies."

Unintended? If you're having sex, and not using birth control-- and assuming that you've learned about the birds and the bees, how "unintended" is the pregnancy going to be?

Hey, I have a really wild theory. Maybe 7.4% of American women want to have babies.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 04, 2005 11:00 PM ET USA

    There seems a concern that 50% of unintended pregnacies come from the 5% not using contraception. But shouldn't we be concerned that 50% are coming from the 95% that are using it? There is a concern abstainance teaching doesn't work well, but doesn't this show contraception education doesn't work well either? Even for their big concern, unintended pregnancies and unwanted pregnacies are different things. I wonder how many of us were unintended?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 04, 2005 11:01 AM ET USA

    You can't get a better article that sums of the culture of death than this one

  • Posted by: - Jan. 04, 2005 10:52 AM ET USA

    I wonder if 2.2 percent is outside the study's margin of error. Even if the number of women not using contraceptives really has risen, there could be numerous reasons as to why. One reason we could almost certainly rule out, even (or especially) among Catholic women, is hearing a strong statement, pronouncement or sermon on the evils of birth control.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jan. 04, 2005 10:15 AM ET USA

    "Intention" in their schema comes from the will alone and in their minds they have disassociated sexual pleasure from life giving. Morality is not only intention, but the intrinsic good or evil of the act and its circumstances and consequences. That's the complete picture.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 04, 2005 9:18 AM ET USA

    Ah yes, my Washington Post. When I saw the headline this morning, my initial reactions were surprise, relief that more women are realizing the physical and spiritual evil of birth control, and then the sinking feeling that the Post would find a way to put a negative spin on this. Sadly I was right. In fact, not only is this NOT good news to them, it is "alarming." Sigh . . .

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