The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrated the Hobby Lobby decision as "a great day for family businesses". They would be better off asking Pope Francis and their fellow bishops to reconsider the ban on artificial birth control - as the means most likely to reduce the abortion rate. - gwc
Access to Free Birth Control Reduces Abortion Rates | Research News | Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis:
"A new study by investigators at Washington University reports that providing birth control to women at no cost substantially reduces unplanned pregnancies and cuts abortion rates by a range of 62 to 78 percent compared to the national rate. This study, called the Contraceptive Choice Project, enrolled 9,256 women and adolescents in the St. Louis area between 2007 and 2011. Participants were 14 to 45 years of age, at risk for unintended pregnancy and willing to start a new contraceptive method. From 2008 to 2010, annual abortion rates among study participants ranged from 4.4 to 7.5 per 1,000 women. This is a substantial drop (ranging from 62 to 78 percent) compared to the national rate of 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women in 2008, the latest year for which figures are available. "
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