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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged Guttmacher Institute

Jun 19 '14
"It is noteworthy that even as they work to restrict access to abortion care, leading U.S. antiabortion organizations and their political allies have essentially no agenda to help women avoid unintended pregnancy in the first place. Their positions on contraception range from outright hostility to, at best, proclaimed neutrality, and their political allies have slashed—or attempted to do so—funding for family planning services…
…In stark contrast to trying to coerce women’s reproductive decision making by restricting access to services, reproductive rights advocates have long pushed for policies…promoting affordable, high-quality contraceptive information and care to prevent unintended pregnancy; helping women with planned and unplanned pregnancies alike to achieve healthy pregnancies and to raise their children with dignity; and improving access to safe, affordable and timely abortion care in the event of an unwanted pregnancy."
May 6 '14
Though wide disparities still exist, especially among Hispanic and black teens, there was a decline among all ethnic groups. During this time period, more 18-19-year olds (who have the highest rate of teen pregnancy) reported having sex, yet they still had fewer pregnancies. This is probably because of better and more effective use of birth control.

“The decline in the teen pregnancy rate is great news,” says lead author Kathryn Kost. “Other reports had already demonstrated sustained declines in births among teens in the past few years; but now we know that this is due to the fact that fewer teens are becoming pregnant in the first place. It appears that efforts to ensure teens can access the information and contraceptive services they need to prevent unwanted pregnancies are paying off.”

You can read the full report, U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2010: National and State Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity, at the Guttmacher Institute.

Though wide disparities still exist, especially among Hispanic and black teens, there was a decline among all ethnic groups. During this time period, more 18-19-year olds (who have the highest rate of teen pregnancy) reported having sex, yet they still had fewer pregnancies. This is probably because of better and more effective use of birth control.

“The decline in the teen pregnancy rate is great news,” says lead author Kathryn Kost. “Other reports had already demonstrated sustained declines in births among teens in the past few years; but now we know that this is due to the fact that fewer teens are becoming pregnant in the first place. It appears that efforts to ensure teens can access the information and contraceptive services they need to prevent unwanted pregnancies are paying off.”

You can read the full report, U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2010: National and State Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity, at the Guttmacher Institute.

May 1 '14

pinpointofamind asked:

Hey, do you know where I can find a source on the stat that one in 3 women will have an abortion? It seems so high and I want to know if it's in the US or in the world or by a certain age or what.

The Guttmacher Institute’s Fact Sheet: Induced Abortion in the United States is probably one of my most-visited pages, and it has the source of that quote. It’s more accurate to say that 3 in 10 women in the United States will have an abortion by age 45, which is a little before the average onset of menopause.

The statistic comes from a 1998 article (I know, old!) called Unintended Pregnancy in the United States. A more up-to-date study from 2008, Changes in Abortion Rates Between 200 and 2008 and Lifetime Incidence of Abortion, found the same number.

Definitely keep in mind the differences between socioeconomic groups, though. It’s something that’s often overlooked. I don’t want to get too rambly, but man. Affordable, accessible long-acting reversible birth control is so important.

Apr 30 '14

Anonymous asked:

Why do you use facts and figures from the Guttermacher institute? I feel like if we void pro-life arguments for using biased sources that we should do the same to avoid them as well

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

Guttermacher may be biased, but if you go through their sources, they are not. I only fault pro-lifers for using biased sources, if their source does not provide an unbiased source as to where they got their information from. - Paige

The Guttmacher Institute frequently collaborates with the World Health Organization, has collaborated with Johns Hopkins University, multiple international OB/GYN and women’s health organizations, international universities, and the United Nations, and it’s namesake was a director for two of the National Health Institute’s centers (the Institute recently received a large 5-year grant from the NIH as well). Their review on Philanthropedia states “Guttmacher is repeatedly heralded as the leading research and data provider in the field of reproductive rights.”

They’re good.

Apr 18 '14
rhrealitycheck:

Here’s a novel idea: Let’s teach kids about safe sex before they have sex.

Stop deciding for others when they’re “ready” to have sex. Like it or not, teenagers are having sex (and using birth control!), and they deserve the knowledge to keep themselves healthy and safe.

rhrealitycheck:

Here’s a novel idea: Let’s teach kids about safe sex before they have sex.

Stop deciding for others when they’re “ready” to have sex. Like it or not, teenagers are having sex (and using birth control!), and they deserve the knowledge to keep themselves healthy and safe.

Apr 11 '14

femininefreak:

Sex Education in American Public Schools

You can compare these maps with teen pregnancy rates on the Guttmacher Institute’s Data Center. No surprises there.

Mar 28 '14

Anonymous asked:

I'm an 18year old girl, I've had two abortions. I'm finally getting my life. I'm going out of state to peruse my dreams in 2weeks. However, 2weeks ago i found out i was pregnant. i'm playing on aborting it next week. i've never regretted my decisions. but i feel so dumb for not taking care of myself and putting myself though this once again. i'm so embarrassed and shameful. I'm feeling down. I know i won't regret it,but I don't know who to talk to.. I don't know how to feel..

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

I’m sorry that you have to do that again. It’s gotta be hard, but you have to handle the situation as best as you can, and if having an abortion is the best decision for yourself, then we stand behind you 100%.

Try not to be too hard on yourself, maybe just reflect on your passed mistakes and try to fix them after the procedure? I’m not exactly sure what happened, but if it was a lack of birth control, maybe consult with your doctor or go to a sexual health clinic where it can be provided to you for cheap or if it was birth control failure maybe you need to explore your options of different types of birth control to help better protect yourself from other pregnancies. Another thing is, is if you think your birth control has failed, try and get your hands on some Plan B asap! (Not a lot of people know this, but you can take it up to 5 days after the failed birth control, but it’s way more effective to take it within the first 24 hours.)

Either way, it happens, to people who use birth control properly, to people who accidentally use it improperly (and some people don’t even realize it), or just being in the heat of the moment can impair your judgement, either way, mistakes happen, and as long as we try to better our situations and learn from our pasts, it’s okay. I hope you’re doing alright,and if you need anything else, we’ll be here for you. I know it must be hard for you right now, so if you need anything, we’ll try and help provide that for you. Stay strong love and I hope your procedure goes well. Positive thoughts and support will be sent your way! ♥ ♥ - Paige

If you need someone to talk to, Backline and Exhale are great pregnancy and post-abortion counseling lines! provoicesupportblog is a trained Exhale counselor, if you want to see what that might look like.

Not to go all charts and graphs on you, but…well, I’m gonna. Multiple abortions are not that uncommon! See?

This is from the Guttmacher Institute’s 2008 survey of abortion patients. The medium gray is people who’ve had at least one previous abortion, and dark gray represents those who’ve had at least one previous abortion and given birth as well. Life is long, and shit happens. You are definitely not alone.

Bedsider can be helpful in finding a birth control method that works for you, and you may even be able to get it for a lot less than you thought! The most effective methods are the IUD and the implant (I have one!), but there are tons and tons of options. And just in case, here’s a $10-off coupon for Plan B.

Mar 11 '14
Mar 11 '14

culture-of-choice:

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

Abortion statistics and facts! All information, charts and bar graphs are sourced above! A few sources accidentally left out: [x] [x] - Paige

Unbelievably important.

Use this to combat pro-life “statistics” (aka, statistics pulled out of a random donkey’s hiney).

Mar 5 '14

Accidental pregnancy: That’s a tough nut!

bedsider:

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Can the U.S. bring the proportion of unplanned pregnancies down to 44% by the year 2020? Maybe the goal sounds modest, but unplanned pregnancy is a tough nut to crack. Recent research from the Guttmacher Institute found that the rate of unplanned pregnancy in the U.S. actually went up slightly between 2001 and 2008, from 48% to 51% of pregnancies overall. Want more deets? Read our Get on Top about it or go directly to Guttmacher’s news release.

The rate of unplanned pregnancy has always been higher for low-income folks. The Guttmacher Institute’s previous work suggests that highly effective birth control methods, such as the IUD or Nexplanon implant, are often prohibitively expensive, meaning poorer people have to rely on methods that are more subject to human error, like the pill, patch, or condoms alone. They are also less likely to have access to accurate information about their bodies and contraception.

Feb 26 '14
Feb 25 '14
Feb 19 '14

Anonymous asked:

I recently found out I am pregnant yet again I had a abortion two years ago. After that I was an extremist about making sure I didn't get pregnant again until it was on my terms. So I got on the pill, made sure my partners used condoms, the whole nine. I got a tiny bit intoxicated and had sex with one of my guy friends. Little did I know that he wasn't wearing a condom, and apparently I messed up my pills. I'm completely lost right now. Coming to your blog for support. Things are getting weird

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

I’m sorry that happened to you, it’s definitely a difficult thing to have to go through, have you decided what you’re going to do yet? Just know that we will support you through whatever decision you make, this isn’t your fault love, so please don’t feel guilty! - Paige

Not to assume your decision, but multiple abortions are really not that uncommon! Each year, half of the people who get abortions have had at least one before (see page 8 here - over half of those patients have had children, too!). Birth control failure, human error, or simply forgetting can happen, and it doesn’t make you a failure.

Feb 4 '14
Feb 3 '14
aljazeeraamerica:

Study: US abortion rate lowest in four decades

The number of abortions performed in the United States has dropped to the lowest level in 40 years, according to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, which supports legal access to abortion. The study suggests the decline is due more to the increased use of contraception than increased restrictions on access to abortions. 
In 2011, an estimated 16.9 abortions were carried out per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 — that’s 1.1 million in absolute terms.
It was the lowest number since 1973, when the figure stood at 16.3 per 1,000, according to the report, “Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2011,” which will appear in the March 2014 issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 

Read more
Photo: Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images

What’s also great is that the proportion of medication abortions actually increased - that means people are accessing abortion earlier than ever before, which is both safer and less expensive.
Read more, including data for your state, at the Guttmacher Institute.

aljazeeraamerica:

Study: US abortion rate lowest in four decades

The number of abortions performed in the United States has dropped to the lowest level in 40 years, according to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, which supports legal access to abortion. The study suggests the decline is due more to the increased use of contraception than increased restrictions on access to abortions. 

In 2011, an estimated 16.9 abortions were carried out per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 — that’s 1.1 million in absolute terms.

It was the lowest number since 1973, when the figure stood at 16.3 per 1,000, according to the report, “Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2011,” which will appear in the March 2014 issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 

Read more

Photo: Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images

What’s also great is that the proportion of medication abortions actually increased - that means people are accessing abortion earlier than ever before, which is both safer and less expensive.

Read more, including data for your state, at the Guttmacher Institute.