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    New Study Confirms Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate Could Reduce Abortion Rate

    A new study focusing on low-income women in St. Louis, MO concludes that expanding access to free contraception — just as the health care reform law does through its provision to provide birth control without a co-pay — leads to significantly lower rates of unintended teen pregnancy and abortion. Researchers found that when women weren’t prohibited by cost, they chose more effective, long-lasting forms of birth control and experienced much fewer unintended pregnancies as a result.

    Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis worked in partnership with the local Planned Parenthood affiliate to track over 9,200 low-income women in the St. Louis area, some of whom lacked insurance coverage, during a four-year Contraceptive CHOICE study. The CHOICE project simulated Obamacare’s birth control provision by allowing teens and women to select from the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive options and receive their preferred method at no cost. They found that birth rates among the teens who received free birth control in the CHOICE project were less than a fifth of the national teen birth rate — just 6.3 births per 1,000 teens, compared to 34.3 per 1,000 teens nationwide in 2010 — and abortion rates were less than half of both the regional and national rates.

    And researchers are confident that these positive findings could extend to the rest of the nation, estimating that the national simulation of their CHOICE program could prevent one abortion for every 79 to 137 women given a choice between free birth control options. “As a society, we want to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortion rates. This study has demonstrated that having access to no-cost contraception helps us get to that goal,” Alina Salganicoff, director of women’s health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the Associated Press.

    In a press release, Planned Parenthood officials noted that the study strongly suggests that President Obama’s health reform law will help lower the abortion rate. “This study shows that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit can dramatically reduce the need for abortion in the U.S. once it is fully implemented,” said Dana Singiser, the vice president of public policy and government relations for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “To prevent unintended pregnancy, women need full information, full coverage and full choice for what type of birth control works best for them.”

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    ...but nothing free for men, right? That is discrimination.



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    American birth rate lowest ever...

    CDC: U.S. Birth Rate Hits All-Time Low; 40.7% of Babies Born to Unmarried Women
    October 31, 2012 - The birth rate in the United States hit an all-time low in 2011, according to a report released this month by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    “The 2011 preliminary number of U.S. births was 3,953,593, 1 percent less (or 45,793 fewer) births than in 2010; the general fertility rate (63.3 per 1,000 women age 15-44 years) declined to the lowest rate ever reported for the United States,” said the report. More than 40 percent of all babies born in the country last year, the report said, were born to unmarried women. While the overall birth rate declined to a record low, the birth rates for women in the 35-39 and 40-44 age groups actually increased from 2010 to 2011.

    Among all women in the United States (including those as young as 10 and as old as 54), the birth rate declined from 64.1 per 100,000 in 2010 to 63.2 per 100,000 in 2011. Among women 10 to 14 years old, it held steady at 0.4 per 100,000. Among women 15-19 years old, it declined from 34.2 to 31.3. Among women 20-24 years old, it declined from 90.0 to 85.3. Among women 25-29, it declined from 108.3 to 107.2. And among women 30-34 years old, it held steady at 96.5. However, among women 35-39 years old, it increased from 45.9 per 100,000 to 47.2. Among women 40-44, it increased from 10.2 to 10.3. And among women from 45-54, it held steady at 0.7 per 100,000.

    The percentage of American-born babies who were delivered by unmarried women actually declined slightly from 40.8 percent in 2010 to 40.7 percent in 2011. In 2011, 1,606,087 babies were born to unmarried women and 2,347,506 were born to married women. Although the percentage of babies born to unmarried women was highest among teens, the percentage of babies delivered by unmarried women of older ages increased from 2010 to 2011.

    In 2010, 33.9 percent of the babies delivered by women 25-29 were delivered by unmarried women, and in 2011 that increased to 34.4 percent. In 2010, 21.1 percent of babies delivered by women 30-34 were delivered by unmarried women, and in 2011 that increased to 21.6 percent. In 2010, 19.6 percent of babies delivered by women 35-39 were delivered by unmarried mothers and in 2011 that increased to 21.1 percent. In 2010, 21.7 percent of babies delivered by women 40 and over were delivered by unmarried mothers and in 2011 that increased to 22.4 percent.

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    Some would suggest that lower birth rates are an economic problem.
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    The study is reported here in abstract: Preventing Unintended Pregnancies by Providing No-Cost Contraception.

    One obvious problem is they had no control group to compare with and formulate counterfactuals.

    Another is they present no null hypothesis, iow, how to fail the hypothesis.

    But that would be difficult since the hypothesis is neither descriptive nor predictive but prescriptive: "To promote the use of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods (intrauterine devices [IUDs] and implants) and provide contraception at no cost to a large cohort of participants in an effort to reduce unintended pregnancies in our region."

    In short, it's not science.

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    Mom's menopause determines fertility...

    Fertility 'predicted by mother's age at menopause'
    6 November 2012 - Fertility peaks between 18 and 31 years of age, say experts
    Women may be able to better gauge their own fertility based on the age their mother went through the menopause, a study has concluded. Women whose mothers had an early menopause had far fewer eggs in their ovaries than those whose mothers had a later menopause, a Danish team found. Women with fewer viable eggs have fewer chances to conceive. The study, of 527 women aged between 20 and 40, was reported in the journal Human Reproduction.

    Ovarian reserve

    Researchers looked at two accepted methods to assess how many eggs the women had - known as their "ovarian reserve" - levels of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) and antral follicle count (AFC). Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have. These are released from the ovary cyclically, usually one every month after puberty, until menopause. The AFC and AMH give readings doctors an idea of how many yet-to-be released eggs remain in the ovary.

    In the study of female healthcare workers, the researchers found both AMH and AFC declined faster in women whose mothers had an early menopause (before the age of 45) compared to women whose mothers had a late menopause (after the age of 55). Average AMH levels declined by 8.6%, 6.8% and 4.2% a year in the groups of women with mothers who had early, normal or late menopauses, respectively. A similar pattern was seen for AFC, with annual declines of 5.8%, 4.7% and 3.2% in the same groups, respectively.

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    Past research suggests there is about 20 years between a woman's fertility starting to decline and the onset of menopause. So a woman who enters the menopause at 45 may have experienced a decline in her fertility at the age of 25. Lead researcher Dr Janne Bentzen said: "Our findings support the idea that the ovarian reserve is influenced by hereditary factors. However, long-term follow-up studies are required." Also, having fewer eggs does not necessarily mean that the woman will go on to have fewer babies.

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    Hormones in menstrual cycle 'affect asthma'
    9 November 2012 - Period pain is not the only symptom linked to a woman's menstrual cycle, the study suggests
    A woman's menstrual cycle affects the severity of respiratory symptoms, potentially worsening conditions such as asthma, a study suggests. Norwegian researchers studied almost 4,000 women, and found worse symptoms around ovulation. Writing in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, they said it may be possible to adapt women's medication. Asthma UK said it could help women with asthma manage their condition better. All the women studied had regular menstrual cycles lasting 28 days or less, and none were taking hormonal contraceptives.

    Of those studied, 28.5% were smokers and 8% had been diagnosed with asthma. Wheezing symptoms were worse between days 10 to 22 of cycles, with a slight dip near the point of ovulation for most. Shortness of breath was worse on days seven to 21, again with a slight fall around ovulation. The study found it was not just women diagnosed with asthma who experienced these symptoms and variations. Coughing was worse following ovulation for those with asthma, those who were overweight and smokers.

    'Pronounced' variations

    When an individual woman has her period is determined by complex hormonal processes over the course of her cycle. Throughout, levels of different hormones rise and fall - and body temperature rises around ovulation. The researchers suggest that these fluctuations may have direct effects on airways. and indirect effects on inflammatory responses to infection. Writing in the journal, the researchers led by Dr Ferenc Macsali, of the Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway, said: "We found that respiratory symptoms varied significantly during the menstrual cycle. "There were large changes in symptom incidence through the cycle for all symptoms."

    They also found "pronounced" symptom variations during the menstrual cycle in women with asthma, and say the findings suggest women might need tailored medication regimes. "Adjustment of asthma medication to the menstrual cycle may potentially improve the efficacy of asthma treatment and reduce disability and health costs related to asthma in women."

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    If you want to justify this subsidy on the basis that it would prevent abortion, that's one thing. If you want to declare it a right, that is quite something else.

    We get subsidized flu shots to prevent flu. I have no problem providing free birth control to the welfare class. Lord knows we don't need more of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Obvious View Post
    Some would suggest that lower birth rates are an economic problem.
    Lower birth rates will show Social Security to be the Ponzi Scheme that it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    Lower birth rates will show Social Security to be the Ponzi Scheme that it is.
    From a funding source (vs. benefits drawn), I agree.

    Aside from that, I'm not convinced that lower birth rates = economic problem considering unemployment rates and rate of entitlement benefit consumption.
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