Letter: Birth control options could end abortions

To the editor:

According to the National Right to Life Coalition, the number of abortions in 1974 – the year after Roe v. Wade – was 763,476. Most everyone would agree that living in a country where there was no need for abortion would be ideal.

The question then is, “How do we make this happen?

If we want to stop abortion, we need to prevent unwanted pregnancies, right? Check out the website “YOUR FERTILITY.” It explains that a woman is fertile three days a month for a limited number of years. A man, however, can cause a pregnancy 365 days a year. Doesn’t it make sense that men control unwanted pregnancies? Modern birth control is one of the greatest inventions of the last century, giving women control of their reproductive options. But for many women, the side effects of oral contraception are harmful: “intermenstrual spotting, nausea, breast tenderness, headaches and migraines, weight gain, mood changes, missed periods, decreased libido, vaginal discharge and changes to eyesight for those using contact lenses.”

However, researchers at the University of Washington have created “an experimental male oral contraceptive called dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU) that reduces the levels of male sex hormones to amounts low enough to suppress sperm production. The results of the study are promising: “sexual functioning, libido, performance showed no difference in sexual health between the men taking the pill and those on a placebo.” But men might be reluctant to take an oral contraceptive, right? Fortunately, condoms are readily available, inexpensive and convenient. When used correctly, they’re effective and so much easier than birth control options for women. So the real question is: Why don’t men just use condoms every time they have sex?


Unwanted pregnancies and abortion can only happen when men orgasm irresponsibly! Without ever having to pass legislation on women’s productive rights, abortion would end.

Ruthie Schultz

Alexandria, MN

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