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Don’t think it works this way

In a world that simply trusted women, abortion itself would be less common, I think, because more trust equals more empowerment and therefore fewer limitations: women would be free to obtain birth control at low cost and without a prescription, a key issue that has been somewhat overlooked amid the heated battles over abortion. Add some straightforward sex education that teaches women from an early age how fertility works — as opposed to the fearmongering version in which pregnancy can happen anytime, anywhere, just from being in the same room as a sperm — and you would get an informed, empowered population capable of avoiding unintended pregnancies.

Birth control is more widely available than it used to be. Vastly cheaper. Technically very much more effective too. Sex education is very much more widely available and so on.

The abortion rate has leapt over the past century that this has all happened too.

I very strongly suspect that there’s a Jevon’s Paradox here. The elasticity of demand for sex with respect to its price – the potential pregnancy thing – is such that reduce the odds of the pregnancy per unit of sex and you’ll increase the units of sex by so much more that total conception rates rise.

Well, maybe, anyway.

It’s certainly not obvious that more birth control and more sex education has correlated with fewer abortions now, is it?

12 thoughts on “Don’t think it works this way”

  1. In a world that simply trusted women, abortion itself would be less common, I think

    Trustworthy people don’t kill babies.

  2. So to be clear, the people that were most adamant about requiring every person to take a novel vaccine regardless of jurisdiction or physical need are now claiming the moral high ground on bodily autonomy?

    I like this comment. So did a large number of Unherd readers who are not exactly renowned for their conservatism.

  3. Add some straightforward sex education that teaches women from an early age how fertility works

    Education isn’t the problem, as we can see by how many people have *multiple* abortions. You could get away with excusing the first one as “I was young & naive”, but figures from the UK in 2010 say that 34% are repeat abortions, and from the U.S. in 2014 it’s 45%.

  4. Kat Rosenfield is an UnHerd columnist and co-host of the Feminine Chaos podcast. Her latest novel is You Must Remember This.

    Kat Rosenfeld is 42 years young and still has no children (women with children brag about them online, Kat boasts about being a middle aged “hot girl” online).

    So why is she obsessed with “reproductive rights” and what future can women expect if they follow the advice of someone who has failed to reproduce?

    For Democrats, all signs point to this being the defining issue of the 2024 election.

    Make Babies Dead Again is their defining issue. By their barren and withered fruits, eh?

    The current administration’s abortion strategy hinges on Kamala Harris

    America’s foremost blowjob expert explains how to kill those pesky children of yours.

    on her first stop, she was photographed in front of a giant sign that read, simply, “TRUST WOMEN”.

    Modern Western culture is excessively uxorious and American culture is frankly retarded, but even simps should see the problem with that imperative. Trust women, eh? What, all of them, including Myra Hindley and Theresa May?

    It’s a careless statement. Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.

  5. I’d think you get the answer from the use of the word “fearmongering” in the piece quoted. “Fearmongering” is another way of saying “pointing out to someone there may consequences to their actions”. Almost the whole of feminism is about there shouldn’t be consequences to actions. Even when the consequences are intrinsicly unavoidable. Since feminism has largely been swallowed whole, wasn’t the outcome predictable?

  6. Andrew M,

    We have sex ed in the UK, but the main difference with teenage births is about opportunities. Chavs get knocked up, middle class girls don’t.

    I mean, sex ed is hardly complicated. Due to a scheduling error, I didn’t have any sex ed and had double PE instead. But I’d figured it out from graffiti and playground conversations by then. Why do we even need this? Everyone has parents or at least carers. It’s understandable that we need to pay professionals to teach quadratic equations and the subtext of Renaissance art, but reproduction is common knowledge, like how to brush your teeth or to only watch even numbered Star Trek movies.

  7. Be interesting to see the demographic break down of those having ‘multiple’ abortions. Or is this another one of those questions that politicians won’t ask because they know they aren’t going to like the answer………

  8. I suppose they can’t hide Kamala forever and dropping a women of colour from the ticket would be tricky, sounds like finding an issue she can’t screw up too much and they can at least play to her identity as her popularity with the public could be worse than Hillary.
    Don’t know if any poll has asked but I do wonder how much the thought of electing Biden and having VP Kamala takeover if he keels over before the end of the term is a vote loser, wonder if Trump team will make push that connection, vote Biden and there’s a good chance you end up with Kamala

  9. Seriously, what has happened to Unherd? It seems to have been taken over by Marxists, feminists, and pro-Palestinian activists.

    @WesternBloke- Star Trek 3 is the exception to that rule!

  10. Addolff wrote:

    “Be interesting to see the demographic break down of those having ‘multiple’ abortions.”

    That’s easy. In the US, at least, the demographic group most likely to have multiple abortions is African-Americans. Not surprising as this demographic has the highest abortion rate of any racial group – the rate is more than 5x the rate for whites and 2x the rate for Hispanics.



  11. Think is more complicated and perhaps more prosaic
    Knew a woman who worked in a clinic
    Majority of clients seeking an abortion were married and had a partner who was indifferent or hostile to contraception and or they already had two or more children and were in their late thirties and the pregnancy was the result of a one off thing. Teenage clients were not that common ( young single mums pension was better than the dole if you get the drift)

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