Totally obvious things that religious conservatives don't get, part 372

Religious conservatives oppose sex education.

Religious conservatives oppose contraceptive distribution.

Religious conservatives oppose abortion.

I would think this would be a pretty obvious contradiction to anyone with a modicum of common sense. Being educated about sex makes you more likely to use contraception. Contraception makes you vastly less likely to have an unwanted pregnancy. And reducing unwanted pregnancy should, quite obviously, make you less likely to seek an abortion.

Now, there's a pretty huge study to back up what we liberals have been shouting from the rooftops for ages:

Free birth control cuts abortion rate dramatically, study finds

When more than 9,000 women ages 14 to 45 in the St. Louis area were given no-cost contraception for three years, abortion rates dropped from two-thirds to three-quarters lower than the national rate, according to a new report by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers.
From 2008 to 2010, annual abortion rates among participants in the Contraceptive Choice Project  -- dubbed CHOICE -- ranged from 4.4 abortions per 1,000 women to 7.5 abortions per 1,000. That’s far less than the 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women nationwide reported in 2008, the latest year for which figures are available.
Among teen girls ages 15 to 19 who participated in the study, the annual birth rate was 6.3 per 1,000 girls, far below the U.S. rate of 34.3 per 1,000 for girls the same age.
Washington University School of Medicine? I thought it was from the Center For Figuring Out Really Obvious Things.


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