Republicans should be pushing to the front of the line in support of birth control, mainly because it prevents abortions.
Between 1990 and 2008, pregnancy and abortion rates for women in their twenties dropped dramatically, a new study revealed today. Pregnancy rates fell by 18 percent, while abortion rates dropped by a third.
One of the biggest influencing factors in this decrease is the growing accessibility, use, and options for birth control. Contraceptive use is the best way to prevent abortions in the U.S. Over time, young women have gotten greater access to a larger number of pregnancy prevention methods.
The logic of the study is clear. More birth control, fewer unintended pregnancies and, thus, fewer abortions. By opposing birth control provisions in the Affordable Care Act while passing state laws against contraception, the Republicans are literally creating more abortions.