- The most fun you can have without laughing.
- Paddling up Coochie Creek.
- Passing the gravy
Whatever you call it, sexual intercourse is a part of normal, healthy human functioning. We all know it leads to more humans, absent special drugs or equipment. And then, it gets complicated. Or does it?
Eighty-nine percent of Americans find birth control morally acceptable according to a Gallup Poll in 2016. So how is it that the 11% shaped the new federal rule allowing employers to stop covering birth control, by simply declaring that they find it objectionable?
Perhaps the 11% is not aware of (or are ignoring) what happens when birth control is readily available:
The rate of abortions went down 14% from 2011 to 2014. (Jones & Jerman, 2017) The abortion rate is at a 40-year low, in fact, and at least part of this decline is due to birth control. The Affordable Care Act made the more effective birth control methods readily available to insured women, by making the co-pay zero. Over-the-counter methods have a higher failure/ surprise pregnancy rate than prescribed methods.
Let’s also consider evidence about what happens when birth control becomes scarce. In 2013, Texas cut funding for Planned Parenthood. Women in Texas subsequently had higher birth rates; as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2016.
Around the world, the same dynamic plays out: family size shrank from six children to three or four in developing countries, as birth control became available in the 1980s and 1990s. (Christian Science Monitor, 1997).
Given this simple equation – more birth control = fewer unintended pregnancies = fewer abortions – attacking the access to birth control is illogical, especially for people who oppose abortion. Putting those two positions together, birth control/abortion opponents apparently want more children to be born; and they will be remarkably successful with low-income women. Is that what they had in mind? Or do they think that these adults will do less schoodlypooping once they are doomed to having more children than they want or can afford?
The better question is why these arguments even need to be aired, when 90% of us do not have a moral quibble over birth control. For my part, I hope that very few women are affected by this rule change.