Posted: 07/02/07 17:42
by Dave Mindeman
A report on Minnesota abortions that came out today will most assuredly find its way to an MCCL flyer near you.
For the first time since 2001, abortions performed in Minnesota had an increase. Total number of abortions climbed 5%, but the figure that will draw the most attention is that abortions for women 17 and younger showed a 16 percent increase.
Scott Fischbach, executive director of MCCL, jumped on the news. He called it "a predictable result of Planned Parenthood's increased promotion of abortion." He cited 2 new Planned Parenthood clinics in suburban malls as an example of the problem.
Now, that 16% jump involving women 17 and under is an issue that should be discussed. But simply invoking Planned Parenthood's name is a little disingenuous.
Some additional facts are needed for perspective. The current increase is being compared to the 2005 figure which happens to be the lowest number of abortions in 30 years. The highest annual number occurred in 1980 at just over 19,000.
The 17 and under increase occurred despite a parental notification law and an emphasis on abstinence only sex education.
MCCL and its allies need to take a more realistic approach to reducing abortions.
First of all...no organization of any kind promotes abortion ...Planned Parenthood included. Progressives want unrestricted abortion access. That is fundamentally different. The key to reducing abortions is not restricting access and not making women criminals... it is education. Pure and simple.... education.
And sex education is not sex education if all the information you provide is that sex outside of marriage is bad.
It didn't work for the Puritan settlers, it didn't work for the Catholic Church, it hasn't worked for the Moral Majority, and it hasn't work for anyone else either.
Teenagers are going to explore their sex lives... it is inevitable. But filling their heads with taboos, punishments, moral absolutes, and fears is not a solution. The only solution is responsible birth control availability and proper information. There is simply no other way to reduce unwanted pregnancies and ultimately abortions.
Abortion debates are always circular. It is always complicated by religion, poverty, and educational access. In reality, the only proper solution is to deal with the root causes of unwanted pregnancies....because obviously without them, abortion would never need to be discussed.