Wow, Will Saletan has noticed that people who claim to want to reduce the incidence of abortions are unwilling to take real steps to do so, since real steps would involve broadening access to birth control! OMG no way! I guess it'll probably take a few more years before he sees that there might be this thread running through these desires to increase the negative consequences for women having sex, a thread like...teh sexism! Because it's almost as if these pro-lifers care more about controlling women's sexuality than they do about wombabies. Almost. Ha, just kidding, he'll never notice that in a million, million years, because he's too busy giving concern-troll advice to abortion-rights supporters that if they will just admit that abortion is a bad, evil thing that we should all deplore, then magically we'll be able to come to a consensus with the anti-abortion crew. Since they're interested in empirical evidence on the best ways to reduce the number of abortions in the country, even if the best methods involve promoting women's sexual autonomy. Right? Oh noes, what is this?
Less contraception, less sex, more women choosing life. So, the abortion rate among these women went down, right?
Wrong. It went up. The decline in contraception overwhelmed the decline in sexual activity, resulting in a higher rate of unintended pregnancy. And the increase in unintended pregnancy overwhelmed the increase in women choosing life, resulting in more abortions. From a pro-life standpoint, trading contraception for abstinence and a "culture of life" was a net loss.
That's why Ryan insists on birth control. He's tired of pious slogans and symbolic bills crafted to save more congressional seats than babies. He's had enough of the debate between life and choice. He wants a new abortion debate. "You're either for reducing the number, or you're not," he says. He's made his decision. Now make yours.
I made mine a long time ago, dickweed. I'm a feminist. Look into it some time.