CONFLATING CONTRACEPTION WITH ABORTION

December 17, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

CONFLATING CONTRACEPTION WITH ABORTION IS PART OF A STRATEGIC CAMPAIGN TO RESTRICT ACCESS TO BOTH

See original/source content: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2014/12/15/index.html

Leading U.S. antiabortion organizations are promoting the falsehood that some common methods of contraception-in particular, emergency contraception and intrauterine devices (IUDs)-constitute abortion. However, they have done so in a deceptive manner, making the claim forcefully in some contexts, most notably when arguing that employers should not be required to cover contraceptive care, but staying silent when the claim would seem too radical,  according to a new Guttmacher policy analysis.

“The influential organizations driving this anticontraception agenda have compartmentalized the debate,” says Joerg Dreweke, author of the analysis. “They portray some contraceptives as abortion when doing so is politically expedient, while striving to avoid the perception that they are engaged in a full frontal assault on birth control. For instance, they do not apply their full antiabortion agenda to these contraceptive methods, knowing it would be politically toxic if they extended waiting periods, mandatory ultrasounds and onerous clinic regulations to IUDs and Plan B.”

See original/source content: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2014/12/15/index.html


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