NCReporter: Hey Birth Control is Pro-Life Now!!!

John McCarthy at The National Catholic Reporter states that abortion rates went down in 2008 and 2009 so therefore condoms and The Pill clearly brought abortion rates down because...well... because the Washington Post says that birth control might be the reason for the abortion downturn so Catholics should now turn Catholic teaching upside down and say that birth control is awesome. Or something.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released numbers that said abortion rates have dropped 5 percent between 2008 and 2009 -- an all-time low. For so many of us in the faith community, we have to ask: Why the decrease?

I'd love to say that the answer was because of our swift economic recovery and that women finally have the resources they need to bring children into the world. Unfortunately, this isn't yet the reality. The Washington Post finds an important correlation: "At the same time the abortion rate took a big drop, use of more effective contraceptives had recently increased."

The bishops aren't going to be moving anytime soon on the relationship between abortions and birth control -- probably because they're still fighting for religious freedom or something -- but the laity needs to start thinking more seriously about the issue.

Is it more moral for a woman to use birth control than have an abortion? I certainly think most members of the laity (about 97 percent of who use birth control) would resoundingly agree. If it lowers the rate of abortions, should the church more actively advocate for prayerful use of birth control in family planning?
The research McCarthy reports on is from The Guttmacher Institute, you know the propaganda arm of Planned Parenthood.

Well well. Planned Parenthood says it so Catholics should definitely believe it even if the same Washington Post article clearly states "No research has found a causal relationship yet."

But The National Catholic Reporter has!!! Kinda' weird that the National Catholic Reporter and Planned Parenthood are saying the same thing, huh? Or not.

Interestingly, a new Marquette University study shows that fewer American couples got divorced during the Great Recession. Dr. Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics in Marquette’s College of Business Administration, has found that divorce rates in the United States actually decreased starting in early spring of 2008 with the deepening of the economic crisis. Interesting that the NCR didn't think that increased stability of marriages had anything to do with the abortion decrease.

*subhead*Upside down.*subhead*


  1. This article was quoted and hailed as wonderful by a Socialist "Catholic" on Facebook who also teaches ethics at North Idaho College. She thinks handing out free birth control to the poor is the solution for abortion.
    For the past ten or so years she has taught, wait for it, the baptism class at our local parish to new parents. Weird, huh? Wonder what advice she was handing out to those new parents about "conscience" and such.

  2. John McCarthy is a member of the ridiculous group, "Catholics for Obama". Do you think he would support authentic Catholic teaching on contraception when his boss is trampling on our rights and making us pay for it? You've gotta love that dig at the bishops, too -

    >>>The bishops aren't going to be moving anytime soon on the relationship between abortions and birth control -- probably because they're still fighting for religious freedom or something<<<

  3. The reductio ad absurdum of NCR's argument goes like this: "Yes, and if we nuked Mexico crimes by their drug cartels would cease. Let's get the Church to cease opposition to that, too, since you apparently cannot grasp what some ethicists call the 'baby/bathwater distinction'."

  4. I don't suppose he read the actual CDC report. If he had, he might have read the following:

    "Multiple factors are known to influence the incidence of abortion, including the availability of abortion providers (12,70–72); state regulations, such as mandatory waiting periods (73), parental involvement laws (74), and legal restrictions on abortion providers (75); increasing acceptance of nonmarital childbearing (76,77); shifts in the racial/ethnic composition of the U.S. population (78,79); and changes in the economy and the resulting impact on fertility preferences and access to health-care services, including contraception (80,81)." [emphasis added]

    But of course, if WaPo says it's because of the use of more effective contraception, well, then, that settles, it, doesn't it?


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