Reproduction, Birth Control, and Abortion Politics

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Yet another piece of evidence for the futility of abstinence education. Masters et al., publishing in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, show that an adolescent’s attitude about sex is a much stronger indicator that they will actually have it than their attitudes about abstinence. The study followed around 300 teenagers from Seattle…

The demographic transition — the tendency for richer societies to have fewer rather than more children — is, I think, most often attributed to social causes. For a variety of reasons — because each child costs more, because they are more likely to survive and take of parents in old age, because of social stigma…

Absolutism vs. Relativism in Abortion

The NYTimes published two articles about abortion in the last couple days. The first was a review by William Saletan of the book Embryo, A Defense of Human Life by Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen. The second was an article about the science of trying to detect pain in infants and possibly fetuses as…

This question came down the pipeline from the SEED overlords: Why don’t they make a birth control pill for men? The short answer is that they do make various methods of contraception for men, but most of the more effective ones are surgical rather than pharmacological. Also, given the early difficulties in making a pill…

The US government spends millions domestically and billions internationally on abstinence-only education with the intent of lowering the transmission of STIs such as HIV and limiting unwanted pregnancies. Yet abstinence-only education is demonstrably ineffective. The alternative called abstinence-plus education clearly does not make the situation worse — as some critics have argued — but it…

Boooo, I say! FOX and CBS have rejected a commercial for Trojan condoms on the grounds that they believed the ads stressed pregnancy prevention over disease prevention. From the NYTimes coverage: Fox and CBS both rejected the commercial. Both had accepted Trojan’s previous campaign, which urged condom use because of the possibility that a partner…

Human Eggs for Sale!

The NYTimes has an interesting article on the increasing amount people are willing to pay for donor eggs: A survey published this month in the journal Fertility and Sterility, “What Is Happening to the Price of Eggs?” found that the national average compensation for donors was $4,217. At least one center told the authors of…

If you read the statistics, it isn’t difficult to question the effectiveness of abstinence-only education in schools. It is about as effective as telling a three-year-old to not eat that big cookie on the table and then leaving the room to see what happens. However, I was under the distinct impression that there were still…

It is going to be a big day of other people’s work because I don’t have time to post anything of my own. However, that doesn’t mean the day is news-free. The Supreme Court issued a decision today upholding the Federal Partial Abortion ban: A closely divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the first…

Americans having sex (before marriage)

Americans are not waiting until marriage to have sex: More than nine out of 10 Americans, men and women alike, have had premarital sex, according to a new study. The high rates extend even to women born in the 1940s, challenging perceptions that people were more chaste in the past. “This is reality-check research,” said…