One study, based on Centers for Disease Control data, established clear links between birth control and increases in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STD increases are a very reliable indicator of increased sexual activity and show that contraception is wrongly perceived as low-cost insurance — a perception that motivates increased sexual activity.
And more sex means more pregnancies. Why? Because contraception is far from 100% effective, and with mass distribution of contraception comes a commensurate increase in sexual activity. More pregnancies will result because contraception fails in predictable percentages.
It is noteworthy that failure rates are highest in Planned Parenthood’s customer base:
Failures are highest among cohabitating and other unmarried women, among low income, African-American and Hispanic women, among adolescents and women in their 20s. For example, adolescent women who are not married but cohabitating experience a failure rate of about 47% in the first year of contraceptive use.
“It is noteworthy that failure rates are the highest in Planned Parenthood’s customer base”
How can one not see these connections to Planned Parenthood? How can even the pro-choice advocate not be disgusted with Planned Parenthood? Am I wrong in believing that a pro-choicer still believes that helping women in need is at the core of their advocacy?
How can we actually believe that contraception is good and healthy for a woman?
Unless we believe that pregnancy is a DISEASE, then, yes contraception (sometimes) will cure us of that ailment. And only SOMETIMES:
Planned Parenthood concedes on their website that, “Being continuously abstinent is the only way to be absolutely sure that you won’t have an unintended pregnancy or get a sexually transmitted disease (STD)… abstinence is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. It also prevents STDs.”14 On their chart comparing the effectiveness of different birth control methods, Planned Parenthood estimates that 2-9% of pill users will get pregnant in any given year and 15-24% of condom users will still wind up with an unplanned pregnancy.15 Abby Johnson makes a revealing observation concerning her own birth control history. “There’s an incredible irony,” she writes, “in the fact that I had a career in educating women about contraception and yet, for the third time, conceived while using contraceptives.”16 If you scoff at the CDC assertion that 12% of the women using birth control still wind up pregnant, consider that even a professional, sex-educator – the director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic wound up with three unplanned pregnancies – all while using contraceptives.
- But does chemical contraceptives prevent cancer? Umm, no. Chemical contraceptives actually increase the risks of Breast and Uterine cancer. (#5.2, pg 169 from the World Health Organization)
- What about AIDS? Sexually Transmitted Diseases?? Taken from the link at the title of this entry :
”One study, based on Centers for Disease Control data, established clear links between birth control and increases in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STD increases are a very reliable indicator of increased sexual activity and show that contraception is wrongly perceived as low-cost insurance — a perception that motivates increased sexual activity.”
How can we sanely rationalize that contraceptives are overall beneficial for a woman, unless the only —ONLY— benefit that an advocate has in his/her tunnel vision is to NOT BE PREGNANT?
Are we so blinded by our desire to have consequence-free sex on demand that we will negate the other, much more life threatening issues as unimportant, so long as we don’t get pregnant?
Pam Stenzel, an international speaker of chastity and abstinence, says in one of her talks that before she began speaking, she was a counselor for women in crisis for 15 years. She says that many of the girls would heave a huge sigh of relief when they found out that their pregnancy test came back negative.
Then Pam would ask, “but have you been tested for syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia, trichinoma, vulvadema, urethritis, hepatitis B, HPV or HIV? You have a four times greater chance of contracting a sexually-transmitted disease than you do of becoming pregnant.”
And Pam goes on to say that the girls will look at her, incredulous to the reality of something far worse than being PREGNANT. (http://www.prolife.com/stenzel.htm)
“Pregnancy won’t kill you. But an STD… that’s a different story.” she says.
This is why, when pro-choice advocates scoff at the idea of teaching our youth chastity and abstinence, I shake my head. WHY NOT?
Teach them how to “BE SAFE”??? Safe from what?
STD’s? The data from above dispels that illusion. It even dispels the pregnancy illusion.
I don’t think that saying “they’re going to do it anyway” is a responsible way to teach our youth that there is such a thing as “safe” sex. Because outside of a marriage that combines two people who’ve been abstinent up until that point, there is no such thing as safe sex. No such thing.
We need to have more faith that young people are more than just dogs or cats in heat. They’re human, given their own free will. The will to say, “No, I am worth more than that, and SO ARE YOU.”
It’s time to teach our youth the truth.