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Thursday, July 17, 2008

What Is It About Birth Control That Republicans Have Issues With?

It looks as if the Bush administration is attempting to just completely remove choice from the women of America when it comes to their own body. Are they really wanting to equated contraception and abortion? It looks that way.

The New York Times reports that the Bush Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services is drafting a rule that would place new restrictions on domestic family planning programs. While current law allows health care providers and professionals to refuse to provide abortions based on their religious beliefs, this provision would threaten the funding of organizations and health facilities if they do not hire people who would refuse to provide birth control and defines abortion so broadly that it would include many types of birth control, including oral contraception.

Read more here.

John McCain recently fumbled like a freshman with a panty-girdle when asked about birth control:

It appears that the "adstinence only" eduction isn't working, as teen pregnancy has risen - again - this year.

From, some interesting info from previous years:

In 2005, the number of births for girls aged 15 to 17 was about 133,000, or 21 for every 1,000 girls. That number rose to nearly 139,000, or 22 for every 1,000 girls, in 2006.

Along the same lines, 1/3 of girls in the United States got pregnant before age 20, and more than 435,000 babies were born to teens between 15 and 19 years in 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A cutback in community resources for youth over the last eight years could help explain the increase in teen pregnancies, said Michele Ozumba, director of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

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