The Need for Preventive Family Planning is Real!

This week, two breaking studies affirm the importance of protecting women’s access to ALL reproductive health care options. (You can read more about them below.) We know prevention services have long been lauded for their role in reducing abortion rates, fostering healthy families, and saving the nation money – and the data is stacking up in our favor. We also know supporting family planning services has deep roots in the Republican Party. Now, as we wait and watch for Congress to pass a 2015 budget, we need your help to ensure Republicans in Congress adhere to the GOP standard of smarter spending by pledging to protect and increase Title X funding.

The GOP, in fact, is the party that originally championed family planning, recognizing it as a smart investment. And we can be champions again. Give $15 right now and help RMC protect Title X funding and ensure access to preventive healthcare for all women and families.

Most Effective Birth Control Grows in Popularity

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a growing number of women are relying on the most effective methods of birth control. These long-acting reversible contraception methods (or LARCs) include IUDs and implants and have substantially higher success rates than hormonal birth control pills or other methods. From Guttmacher’s analysis of this new data, during 2011–2013, 90% of U.S. women aged 15–44 who wanted to avoid pregnancy used contraceptives. That percentage is virtually unchanged from 2006–2010. But this new data reveals an ongoing shift among women to using more effective methods. Overall, while the level of contraceptive use among reproductive-aged women has remained consistent in the last decade, LARC use has grown to nearly 12%, the highest level ever recorded in the U.S. By contrast, only 2.4% of contraceptive users relied on LARC methods in 2002, rising to 3.7% by 2007 and 8.5% by 2009.

Long-acting reversible methods are now the third most commonly used category of contraceptives, after the pill (26%) and condom (15%). It is so important that we do everything we can to continue this trend. RMC considers increasing access to all methods of preventive family planning a top legislative priority for 2015. Our focus is on promoting comprehensive evidence based sex education while protecting and increasing funding of family planning programs nationwide. You can help us with this important goal by renewing your RMC membership for 2015. Please consider making a donation today via our website to help strengthen our legislative and lobbying team in time for the New Year!

Abortion Safety Confirmed by New Study

A study published last Friday in Obstetrics & Gynecology, found abortion to be a safe procedure. Women who underwent the procedure experienced an overall complication rate of 2.1%, substantially lower than the complication rate for childbirth, and even lower than the complication rate for wisdom teeth extraction.  In this study, researchers from the University of California-San Francisco analyzed data on more than 50,000 people who underwent abortion procedures between 2009 and 2010 to assess the complication rates among patients up to six weeks after the procedure.

Overall, the study complication rates are similar to those found in previous studies, even when accounting for post-abortion care, and are “much lower” than the complication rate for childbirth. The researchers also found that women who underwent an abortion experienced major complications less than 0.25% of the time, a rate similar to the complication rate for colonoscopies.The study also found that 97% of the abortions occur in outpatient clinics or physician offices, and only 3% of the abortions were conducted in hospitals. According to the researchers, “there is a need to consider the public health effect” of anti-choice restrictions aimed at closing abortion clinics,  and a need to weigh the so-called ‘safety’ claims of anti-choicers “against any increases in risk that may occur with reduced access to abortion care.  While RMC remains focused on decreasing the need for, and rate and incidence of abortion, it is important to continue to fight against the mis-education tactics of anti-choicers who make false claims about ‘protecting women’s health.’

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