Well whadya know: Women consider their economic circumstances, rather than their waist-to-hip ratio, when deciding whether to bring another hungry mouth into their families. Women who might continue their pregnancies in a better economy are deciding that the costs of raising a child are too much to bear right now. And poor women have always had to take that into consideration. Unfortunately, the economic downturn has forced some women’s clinics to close their doors, leaving abortion-seeking women in an even tougher bind. Furthermore, not all insurance companies will cover the cost of abortion, and enrolling in Medi-Cal, California’s healthcare system for the poor, can be a long process. By the time some women are able to find the money to pay for abortion, they find it’s too late to obtain one (or even more expensive). Lopez says women who had decided to terminate early often find themselves choosing between second-trimester abortions or going through with the unwanted pregnancy.
The only bright spot I can find in this news is that, according to a recent Gallup Organization survey, one in five women is more conscientious about using birth control now than they were a year ago. At Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, requests for IUDs were up 83 percent in the first quarter of 2009, over the same period in 2008.
* /right wing