What message does this send?

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Registered: 10-28-2005
What message does this send?
Thu, 03-18-2010 - 10:53am

I don't want to sway your opinion one way or the other but.... What do you think of research like this? Do you think Norway is a good comparison to the USA or your own country? Does it show anything helpful or is this something that is already known or pretty much assumed?

Free Hormonal Contraception Halved Termination Rate

3500 20- to 24-year-old women from Tromsø and Hamar in Norway were offered free hormonal contraception for a year. The result was that the abortion rate in the trial cities was halved.

The project came to an end in December 2009, and the results obtained by the SINTEF Technology and Society scientists were quite clear:

The abortion rate in the trial cities was halved, and the women involved were very happy to be given free contraception of this sort, according to the project manager, research manager Anita Oren.

For more information, click here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/182185.php

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Thu, 03-18-2010 - 3:12pm

I really can't compare Norway to us because they are very different from us. If I had a side-by-side comparison of detailed abortion stats, then maybe.

But otherwise, I think the message it sends is essentially a no-brainer. More contraceptive use = fewer unplanned pregnancies = fewer abortions. Around half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. Add that to the fact that only about half of all sexually active adults (who are not TTC) are using contraceptives consistently, and even fewer are using them consistently AND correctly. Put the two together and you've got a recipe for lots of unplanned pregnancies and, in a world where abortion is legal, lots of abortions.

If they made contraceptives free here, I think that would work to an extent. But there will always be people who think they're safe when they're not, or have been convinced that contraceptives don't work (thank you, AOE). But maybe making it free/cheaper is a good start.

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Registered: 06-24-2009
Fri, 03-19-2010 - 8:49am

Norway also has a much more open, direct way of dealing with sex than the US, which is part of why they approach it more pragmatically.


If a woman or girl thinks that planning on having sex is a negative, or means that she's "easy" or slutty then she's less likely to take precautions. If you "get swept away" in the moment, then that's much more acceptable.

In the small midwestern town where I grew up, if a girl was on the pill or had condoms, she was referred to as "Spreading ready."

Contraception is rarely discussed in most popular entertainment here where sex is portrayed - often explicitly.