CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- President Obama's historic medical reform will bring many improvements to America, including free birth control for all women and girls who want it. This change alone offers profound long-range benefits by reducing single motherhood and abortions.
A study in the Obstetrics and Gynecology professional journal showed dramatic betterment promised by this aspect of ObamaCare.
Researchers tracked 9,000 low-income St. Louis women and girls who were allowed to choose free birth control. Results were spectacular. Only 6.3 per 1,000 teens in the study bore babies, compared to a national rate of 34 per 1,000.
In other words, the rate of teen births was cut to just one-fifth. Think how many young girls this saved from single motherhood, which often cripples their futures and dooms their tots to grow up in poverty with reduced opportunities in life.
Further, abortions were much fewer. Around 6 females per 1,000 in the study terminated pregnancies, compared to 20 per 1,000 nationally.
Cutting the abortion rate more than two-thirds should please fundamentalist and Catholic groups who fight abortion -- but, oddly, they also tend to fight birth control, the best method to prevent abortions. Regarding the St. Louis study, leaders of the evangelical Family Research Council immediately warned that providing birth control to teens makes them more likely to engage in sex. This reaction smacks of antiquated Puritanism.
Scientific-minded people praised the St. Louis results. Dr. James Breeden, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said:
"It's just an amazing improvement. I would think, if you were against abortions, you would be 100 percent for contraception access."
However, Republican presidential aspirant Mitt Romney vows to topple ObamaCare, and Catholic bishops are pressing federal lawsuits to exempt their church organizations from it.
How can they be dead-set against a humane reform that helps American women and girls, and reduces abortions?