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One more reason to support condoms

Posted by Condomologist on June 2, 2009

In the wake of the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller, I think it important to reiterate a point I’ve long made as a professional in the reproductive and sexual health world: I fully support and understand the pro-life (or anti-choice, whatever you want to call it) position — in fact, I can come to no other conclusion, despite my my strong pro-choice views, that abortion does indeed take away life — but I cannot reconcile the views of those who are both pro-life and anti-contraception. If we as a nation seek to reduce the number of abortions, we must make clear to our children that condoms and other forms of contraception are highly effective in preventing pregnancy in the first place if they choose to have sex. Condoms work, they work well, and they have helped avoid untold numbers of abortions. The pro-life stance is respectable, but anti-abortion advocates would be wise to — among many other things, including condemning the kind of terrorism that led to Tiller’s death — step up to the plate and promote a sea change in the way we promote healthy sexuality in this country. And that means an understanding that teenagers and other adults will have pre-marital sex, and when they do, they deserve the right to have all the tools at their disposal to avoid becoming pregnant.

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