For this morning’s round up, I am channeling the good Mrs. Lovejoy. I’ll try to keep the faux outrage to a minimum.
One British newspaper claims that so many teenagers are having repeat
abortions since they won’t use contraception because, among other
reasons, it may make them fat.
Denise Haygar, fertility control manager with Durham and Darlington NHS Trust, deals with women having terminations.
She said the figures don’t surprise her and that some young women pay scant regard to contraception.
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said: “If they put a bit of weight on or suffer headaches they blame
their contraception and stop using it. For others they will leave here
with a three-month supply of the Pill, and when it is used up not
bother getting another supply.”
Luckily, some more level heads in Britain are trying to take a reasonable approach to combating teenage pregnancy. A pilot
program is being launched to offer oral contraception over the counter
without a prescription at pharmacies in two inner city areas in London.
Initially, three pharmacies have been given permission to offer contraceptive consultations to girls aged over 16.
At Ridgeway pharmacy they are getting ready to put up bold,
colourful posters advertising in large letters "the pill without
For the past six weeks, young women asking for
emergency contraception – the morning after pill – have been offered a
private consultation on longer term alternatives.
So far around
50 have chosen to switch over to an oral contraceptive after being
taken through similar checks to those which would be carried out by a
The initiative is a part of an attempt to halve the number of unintended teenage pregnancies in Britain by the year 2010.
Finally, a group in Malta is claiming
that the high rates of teenage pregnancies in Britain and other
countries is proof positive that condoms actually cause pregnancy
rather than prevent it (you know, if you believe that whole "If I don’t
have a condom I’ll just skip having sex" argument):
Evidence shows that contraception is leading to more abortions:
1,609 of 4,666 women (34.5 per cent) obtained abortions at the Leeds
Marie Stopes International abortion clinic due to condom failure; 27
per cent of the abortions performed at Paris’ St Louis Hospital are
carried out because of condom failure (NSO France).
In a 1996 study of students requesting "emergency contraception"at
the Rusholme Health Centre in Manchester, 68 per cent claimed condom
failure (UK Unistat).
Of course, if I were a teenager reporting in to deal with an accidental
pregnancy, I would probably use "the condom broke" over "yeah, I just
wished and hoped I wouldn’t get pregnant" as my reason, too.
Mini roundup: While parents in Taiwan are putting children up for adoption because they can’t afford them, and another woman starts her own orphanage because she isn’t allowed to adopt, CBS pays for a couple’s travel in order to get a story on phony adoption agencies.
fight for equal, quality health care
use does not lower teenage pregnancies
Times of Malta
sexual health centre opening BBC News
aside, abortion is
for Abortions New York Times
guidance must be redrawn BBC News
back abortion care in any health reform The Journal News
failed, woman set up orphanage Belleville News Democrat
Lopez: Abortion argument not up to the task Auburn Citizen
the US, with love Times
This is a ‘Prophetic Moment’ for Pro-Life Politicians Catholic Online
Writer says it’s sad but true Imperial Valley Press
Couple Discovers NFP and True Meaning of Marriage Catholic Online
planning belated but welcome The Daily Star
ed bill has no value Milwaukee
not health care Memphis
response to the pro-choice "coat hanger protest" American Thinker
Pays for Trip in Adoption Story ABC News
Mandatory sex-ed may spur better choices Chambersburg Public Opinion
‘no aid’ for period pain BBC News
Next for the Abortion Funding Ban?
National Catholic Register
Stupak to discuss pro-life prospects for health care bill in
EWTN interview Catholic
need voice in abortion debate CNN International
Co. renews deals with 2 Austin abortion providers Houston Chronicle
bill lifts DC’s abortion funding ban Washington Times
face moral crisis between healthcare reform and abortion
Christian Science Monitor
Sen. Nelson, opposition to abortion still a defining factor Washington Post