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ALLOTT: Obama’s contraception plan won’t cut pregnancies
President is violating religious freedom for an ineffective plan
The real reasons why many people use contraceptives inconsistently are more complicated than most policymakers are willing to admit. Many sexually active people are ambivalent about pregnancy. Guttmacher has found that nearly 1 in 4 women who were not trying to become pregnant said they would be very pleased if they found out they were pregnant. There is a big difference between an unintended pregnancy and an unwanted one.
Reproductive decisions are sometimes influenced by the availability of contraceptives. But they are also influenced by culture, faith, the ups and downs that are a natural part of sexual relationships and impulses buried deep in our psyches. In other words, they are influenced by factors well beyond the purview of a government mandate.
Daniel Allott is senior writer at American Values.
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