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Obamacare — The Greatest Pro-Life Victory Ever

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Obamacare — The Greatest Pro-Life Victory Ever


A new report finds that between 2008 and 2011, the abortion rate hit its lowest point since 1973, when Roe v. Wade declared access to the procedure a Constitutional right.

The rate fell 13 percent to 16.9 per 1,000 women in 2011, down from its peak of 29.3 per 1,000 in 1981.

While conservatives want to claim credit for the decline with onerous restrictions on a woman’s right to choose, the availability of contraception and family planning deserve most of the credit, according to the Guttmacher Institute’s Rachel Jones, the lead author of the study.

“The decline in abortions coincided with a steep national drop in overall pregnancy and birth rates,” she said in a statement. “Contraceptive use improved during this period, as more women and couples were using highly effective, long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, such as the IUD. Moreover, the recent recession led many women and couples to want to avoid or delay pregnancy and childbearing.”

Use of contraceptives has become near-universal and more common among married women than single.

Obamacare’s birth control mandate obligates all insurers to cover contraception without a co-pay, as it does all preventive care. Before the law 28 states already had such mandates in place and 85 percent of large firms offered coverage as part of their plans. Since August 1 of last year, that coverage is now standard for women no matter where they live or how they acquire health insurance.

A Washington University study released last year showed that providing birth control at no cost reduced the rate of abortions by 62 to 78 percent compared to the national rate. Meanwhile, the right’s strategy of reducing abortions by requiring sonograms has had no effect on a large majority of women, according to a new study in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Instead of encouraging the pro-life benefits of Obamacare, conservatives continue to try to minimize them. Republicans want to give employers the ability to opt out of the mandate, asserting falsely that some of the birth control options available induce abortion.

By opposing the mandate, the right reveals that its goal has always been to reduce women’s options, not unintended pregnancies. Obamacare will reduce thousands — if not hundreds of thousands — of abortions and could reduce even more if the Republican-led states that rejected Medicaid expansion would agree to provide subsidized care to approximately 4 million Americans.

Instead, so-called “pro-lifers” enable politicians who deny health insurance to those who need it most, threatening the lives of thousands. If only they were as pro-life as Obamacare is.

Photo: Will O’Neill via Flickr



  1. Independent1 February 3, 2014

    For those who may not be keeping up with the Obamacare roll out, the article available via the link below offers some encouraging news:

    Republican repeal conundrum gets more complicated by the day

    An excerpt:

    Health insurance enrollments are moving along swimmingly, says Wellpoint, the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, with plans sold all over the country. In fact, they say, they are well ahead of expectations and think they’ll get a million new enrollments this year.

    “We are encouraged by the sizable growth opportunities,” said Wellpoint chief executive Joe Swedish in an hour-long conference call with Wall Street analysts and investors. Though it’s early in analyzing the data from new applications for coverage, Wellpoint executives said “80 percent were not previously insured by Wellpoint,”


    1. Mikey7a February 4, 2014

      I made a bit of a fool of myself, in my wife’s doctor’s office today. (Side note, all of our NW Florida docs offices have Fox News playing), it was being reported, that right around the November Mid-Elections, MILLIONS, maybe 10’s of millions, were going to have their insurance cancelled, strictly due to Obamacare!

      I literally threw my hands in the air, stood up, and practically yelled, “How can you people listen to this crap? It’s all lies, nothing but Republican scare tactics!” The receptionist gave me a very nasty look, so I left, to wait in the car.

      WHY won’t the Democratic leadership fight back, call these idiots out, and show the American people the truth? I cannot tell you, how angry I am right now. Get out there folks, tell your friends, families, neighbors, and every person you come in daily contact with, tell them the truth, tell them to vote for THEIR future!

  2. Dominick Vila February 4, 2014

    With the possible exception of a few neanderthals among us, it is not too difficult to understand the positive impact of making contraceptives available to hundreds of thousands of women who could not buy them before because they could not afford them. It will not be long before the incidence of abortions takes a dip, at which time the GOP is likely to attribute it to climate change or a celestial phenomena. Obviously, it cannot be the result of a change conceived by their buddies at The Heritage Foundation, and first tested in Massachusetts by none other than Mitt Romney! They missed an opportunity to take partial credit for the successes of ACA that are already becoming evident and, instead, they are perceived as obstructionists to progress.
    One of the most obvious casualties to Republican rhetoric is the claim of socialism. It is hard to believe that anyone with a semi-functioning brain will stay repeat that ridiculous claim when it is obvious that one of the beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act is the for profit insurance industry, which is working overtime to enroll new customers. I guess the claim has more to do with the fact that subsidies are being used to help poor and lower middle class Americans, instead of giving sole source contracts to large corporations overseas.

    1. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh February 4, 2014

      Unfortunately, Dominick, a significant number of the Neanderthals you refer to happen to be office holders, and have a “R-” after their name and before their state.

    2. daniel bostdorf February 4, 2014

      Nice post as usual!!….and I am thankful–so far– that you know who hasn’t posted that Obamacare will lead to more illegal immigration, shoulkd be repealed, and that we have to deport all illegals 🙂 (snicker)

      1. Dominick Vila February 4, 2014

        I almost died laughing a few minutes ago when several Republican elected officials predicted that 2 million Americans will lose their jobs by 2017 because of Obamacare. The premise is that at least two million people are working full time to get healthcare coverage from their employers, and now that subsidized affordable healthcare insurance is available, they have no incentive to work full time and can either accept a part time job, play the stock market, and simply relax. What these Republicans don’t seem to understand is that their claim acknowledges the fact that the Affordable Care Act is so successful that people who either didn’t need a job, but were working to get insurance coverage, or people who were ill but had to work to get the coverage they needed, can now do whatever they want thanks to Obamacare!
        Needless to say, their prediction is as credible as my plan to fly to ta remote Galaxy and back next year.

  3. FT66 February 4, 2014

    As the saying goes: “Better prevent than Cure”. If unplanned babies will not be conceived, there won’t be anything to abort. Women who need contraceptives must get them. It helps those who really are not ready to have children and also those who are married and want to do spacing between the kids they desire to have: “Familly Planning”. Birth Control should be encouraged and not discouraged. I praise the President that he considered this to be included in ACA as well.

  4. terry b February 4, 2014

    Pretty funny that the so called “Right to Life” crowd continues to prove that their actual nickname should be “Right to be Wrong” crowd. Nothing prevents an unwanted pregnancy like the pill does. Are they simply ignoramuses or just plain stupid or is their intelligence mixed up with religious zealotry? May be a little of each.

    1. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh February 4, 2014

      The answer to your question is “Yes”.

      1. terry b February 4, 2014

        Thank you!

  5. charles king February 4, 2014

    People just do some (Critical Thinking) please believe me IT WORKS that is What? Obamacare is all about, mgt information systems, ask any Veteran they will tell you how perfect the system Works. To stay A-live you must do some thinking about your situation(Critical Thinking) WHY? am I feeling so Bad, HOw? can I correct this feeling. Who? the hell is in charge of this operation, come on People get with the program, believe me MONIES are trying to destroy your Democracy, WAKE-UP the Plutocracts Are Coming. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. Mr. C. E. KING

  6. elw February 4, 2014

    The Conservative Right will continue to fight birth control, pre-martial sex, and abortion until the sun stops shinning. No matter how hard they fight they will never win the war. They may win a few battles, but the war was lost even before they began to fight. Since man started walking upright people have had sex outside of marriage and women have know method to end unwanted pregnancies and to keep themselves from conceiving. I know many Conservative women who have had abortions and I know very few who do not use birth control or who have not had sex outside of marriage.

  7. Sand_Cat February 4, 2014

    But the GOP is NOT pro-life, and hasn’t been for decades, if they ever were.

    1. Bodine666 February 4, 2014

      Agree completely. The GOP has never been pro-life as demonstrated by their treatment of single mothers trying to support their families when repubs cut their aid, their absolute support of the death penalty, and their desire to start a new war for no defensible reason.

      The GOP is anti-abortion and has never been pro-life.

  8. daniel bostdorf February 4, 2014

    Last September, Jasson posted an article that is a precursor the this dead on follow up to it.

    Title: Five Reasons That ObamaCare is Pro-Life
    Read here:

    My favorite reason then and now is what Jason wrote then:
    “No American Can Be Dropped From Their Insurance Because They Get Sick”

    “Rescission is a dirty word. Because of this arcane loophole in the
    old law, insurance companies could suddenly rescind coverage when a
    policyholder got sick because he or she simply filled out paperwork
    incorrectly. The end of rescission – along with the provision of the
    Affordable Care Act requiring insurance companies to spend at least 80
    percent of premiums on care – fundamentally changes the way care is
    given in this country. Saving money by denying services is no longer
    acceptable practice for insurance companies…..Now the incentive is to provide care. This prevents illness and saves lives.”

    if that isn’t pro life then John Boehner will run for President and get elected..

    It is very refreshing to see journalism practiced at the high levels here at NM, especially after site redesign, and a very serious commitment to ban the trolls once and for all….if only the readers here flag them…but IGNORE them…don’t feed them…if you do…they breed in numbers…

  9. Kaitlin Rush February 5, 2014

    Expanding the use of contraception reduces abortions. #duh


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