Megan McArdle: Free Contraceptives Is Not a Method for Reducing Abortion

Free contraceptives might or might not make some kind of difference in the abortion rate but there is no way to know how big a difference or which way. Megan McArdle has weighed into a debate started with Ross Douthat blasting the idea of free and available birth control reducing the abortion rate. McArdle gives her own evaluation as an economist: But on this issue – not whether abortion should be legal, but whether the main thing standing between America and fewer abortions is better government Read more […]

Sterilizing Women Means “Liberating” Them?

Sterilizing women is the most popular form of birth control in the planet.   After the report on the eugenics deaths in India, the media has been working on rehabilitating the image of programs aimed at reducing poverty by eliminating the reproduction of the poor. It seems troubling to many that the most popular form of birth control on the planet is the sterilization of women. It should be troubling. But NPR is ready to defend the status quo—happily reporting that 223 million Read more […]

Reducing Fertility in Poor Countries a Huge Priority to Wealthy Westerners

New injection is provided for reducing fertility in poorest countries. Recently I posted about a massacre in India where many women were killed by non-hygienic sterilizations. Women are bribed for a pittance to give up any chance of future children. I couldn’t help but think again about this story when I read the report from BBC that there is a new way to get women to become infertile for a three month period: “The one dollar contraceptive set to make family planning easier.” The Read more […]

Most Contrived News Headline Ever: White House “Rushes” to Find “Solution” to Freedom of Conscience

The headline that made me laugh out loud yesterday (really!) was this one: “White House Rushes to Find Contraception Solution.” They make it sound like this is some sort of national emergency when the drugs are already cheap and affordable. The other term that made me snicker: “But the administration is under the gun.” All this drama is about an over-the-counter drug that is very affordable. This isn’t some life saving treatment that is going to bankrupt anyone. In fact, the idea that Read more […]

How Democrat Women Voted for the End of their Gender and Party

Many liberal women are celebrating Obama’s electoral victory. Writing for the Daily Beast website, the electronic version of the bankrupt Newsweek magazine, Michelle Goldberg is ecstatic that women still have the right to kill their pre-born children, at least for four more years. Goldberg, the author of The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World, writes: [N]ever before in American history have women — and particularly liberal women — held so much power, both as voters Read more […]

The Economy is Only Cover for Obama’s Real Campaign

Bill Clinton was famous for claiming, “It’s the economy, stupid.” At that time, the economy was far better than it is now, so one would expect this presidential race to be mainly a question about the economy. In many ways, Obama has made efforts to meet this expectation. But at the second debate with Romney, Obama showed that he was trying to win votes on a different basis. He continued to talk about the economy, but his rhetoric was obviously aimed at a different set of issues. When Read more […]

Subsidizing Irresponsibility and Free Sex

Yesterday I wrote about Barack Obama’s claim in his speech at the Democratic National Convention that the path he offers is the harder (but better) path. I explained with an analogy of a toy robot that a kid wants but doesn’t need that there is nothing hard about Obama’s “path,” or his way of doing this, namely, spending, spending, spending until you can’t spend anymore, and even then, continuing to spend. I said that contraception, for example, bought and paid for by your friendly neighborhood taxpayer, Read more […]

Barack’s Bimbos and Fluke’s Floozies

Some things speak for themselves. Supporters of big government have never been ones known for their logic and ability to think. It’s always fun to see what can be captured with a microphone, a camera, and a really good question. Revealing Politics has done this very thing, by posting their correspondent outside of the Sandra Fluke/Barack Obama group hug that took place at the University of Colorado on Wednesday. You need to watch the video to really appreciate the irony (which is really just code Read more […]