A new study has been released that reveals how women use contraception to control their lives and better provide for themselves and their families.
A recent study by the reproductive health and rights group the Guttmacher Institute confirms what many people have long known and suspected, that access to contraception helps women better care for themselves and their families, complete their education and achieve economic security and stability.
The study, titled “Reasons for Using Contraception: Perspectives of U.S. Women Seeking Care at Specialized Family Planning Clinics,” was authored by the Guttmacher Institute’s Jennifer Frost and Laura Lindberg, who, realizing that no comprehensive survey had been done of the reasons women use contraception,“surveyed 2,094 women receiving services at 22 family planning clinics nationwide.”
“Women value the ability to plan their childbearing, and view doing so as critical to being able to achieve their life goals,” wrote Lindberg.”They need continued access to a wide range of contraceptives so they can plan their families and determine when they are ready to have children.”
According to the study, 63 percent of women surveyed said that contraceptives have a significant impact on their lives, and allow them to take better care of themselves and their families. Fifty-six percent said that being able to control their reproductive lives makes them better able to support themselves, while 51 percent said that contraception was important to helping them complete their education and 50 percent of the women said that access had made it easier for them to look for and find a job.
Allowing that degree of control over their lives is absolutely anathema to the misogynistic patriarchs of the Republican/Teabagger party and must be stopped. Putting the contraception genie back in the bottle would be a major victory in their War on Women.