Reuters has written a one-sided story about the occurrences of repeat abortions
in the United States.
In question is a new study from the Alan Guttmacher Institute that shows that out of all the women in 2002 who had an abortion (the latest year for which abortion statistics are available), 48% or more had had a previous abortion. Believe it or not, the study indicated that one of the proposed solutions for reducing the numbers of repeat abortions was to hire more staff at abortion clinics
! I'm not making this up. Click here to read the executive summary report
(Click on "Repeat Abortion in the United States, November 2006" and go to page 7, para 4).
However, I am not so much concerned with the actual results of the study as I am with the way in which Reuters decided to interview the President of the Alan Guttmacher Institute, Sharon Camp, and a researcher of the study, Rachel Jones, and not interview anyone who would have an opposing opinion. The Guttmacher Institute has a decidedly pro-abortion slant and is not ashamed to admit this since their mission "is to protect the reproductive choices of all women and men in the United States and throughout the world.
Both of those interviewed spoke in favor of the idea that more contraception equals less abortion (a hypothesis sadly untrue) but neglected to interview anyone who could show otherwise.
Maybe Reuters finds it hard to believe that someone could actually disagree with the idea that increased contraception leads to abortion rates going down. But it would be nice if they spoke to those people anyways.