The Obama administration suggests Medicaid pay for teen girls to get ‘confidential’ abortifacients
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 9, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new report from the Obama administration suggests that Medicaid should pay for teenage girls to obtain potentially abortion-inducing forms of contraception without their parents' knowledge.
The CDC report released yesterday also laments the “missed opportunity” for sex education classes to teach teens about long-acting contraceptives before the age of 15.
The government analysis of girls between 15 and 17 years-old finds a precipitous drop in the pregnancy rate over the last 20 years but promotes the use of “long-acting contraceptives” like the IUD and hormonal implant at ever younger ages.
All such devices potentially act to induce abortion by blocking the implantation of the newly conceived child in the uterine lining. According to the Life Issues Institute, “in as many as 95 percent of the cases [the IUD] does not prevent fertilization.”
The CDC's "Key Points" state its goal is “to delay sexual initiation and increase the use of the most effective birth control methods ... and making sure that a sexually active younger teen can access reproductive health-care services." However, the report offers no specific recommendations “to further delay sexual initiation” or promote abstinence.
Instead, it states that the cost of LARCs and the need for parental consent stand in the way of 15-to-17-year-olds having sex without getting pregnant.
“States can consider expansion of eligibility for Medicaid coverage of family planning services to include teens aged <18 years,” the report says.
It suggests allowing girls of any reproductive age to obtain abortion-inducing contraception in a “confidential” manner (without parental notice).
“Laws allowing minors to provide consent for health services and protecting their confidentiality vary by state,” the report notes. “Improving confidentiality protections might decrease unintended births for teens; professional medical organizations have adopted policy statements that support the provision of confidential care to teens.”
Rita Diller, national director of the American Life League's STOPP International project, told LifeSiteNews that the latest report “is designed to set the groundwork for elimination of all safeguards now in place to protect underage children from dangerous, invasive medical procedures without their parents’ knowledge.”
“The most important bastion of protection for young teens is parental consent, which the CDC now seeks to eliminate by 'increasing confidentiality protections,'” Diller said. “ObamaCare now provides free contraception to all women of reproductive age, eliminating that safeguard.”
“The CDC approach echoes the Planned Parenthood modus operandi” of “stealth,” she said.
It is not the first time the Obama administration has promoted the use of potentially abortifacient LARCs to teens and young women. In November 2012, the CDC's “Abortion Surveillance” proposed “[r]emoving cost as one barrier to the use of the most effective contraceptive methods” as “an important way to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies” and abortions. It cited the debunked study conducted by Jeff Peipert, which appeared in the October edition of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
“According to their patient information inserts, all of the longer-acting methods sometimes act as abortifacients … which will actually lead to an increase, not a decrease, in total abortions,” Brian Clowes, director of research for Human Life International, told LifeSiteNews at the time.
The new CDC report, Diller said, “is another component of the social engineering machine that grinds away at our rights and our health, and imperils the future of our families and our nation.”
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CDC supports more sex education
The report also notes that far more teens got sex education from school or another source than from their parents. Surveys found 91 percent of girls “received formal sex education” in a school, or perhaps from a local Planned Parenthood, but only 76 percent had spoken with their parents about sex.
The report showed “particular concern” that most sexually active girls did not have sex education before having sex for the first time, something the CDC calls “a missed opportunity” to discuss “abstinence and effective contraceptive use.”
Nearly three-quarters of young teens have not had sex
Other relevant findings from the CDC's “Vital Signs: Births to Teens Aged 15–17 Years — United States, 1991–2012” include:
Three out of four teenagers (73 percent) from 15-17 had not had sexual intercourse.
Births to young teenage girls have declined by more than two-thirds (67 percent) since 1991.
No less than 92 percent of sexually active girls 15-17 used contraception the last time they had intercourse; the CDC simply regrets they do not employ the “most effective” forms.
Teens between 15 and 17 give birth to 1,700 babies a week.
The nation's highest teen birth rate is in Washington, D.C., followed by New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Hispanic teens aged 15 to 17 had the nation's highest birth rates at 25.5 births per 1,000. Blacks had the second highest rate (21.9), followed by American Indians (17), and non-Hispanic whites (8.4). Asians and Pacific Islanders had the lowest teen birth rates in the United States (4.1).