One in four women ages 20-24 use emergency contraception

Figures doubled since 2002

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The following comes from a February report from the National Center for Health Statistics.

•            In 2006–2010, among sexually experienced women aged 15–44, roughly one in nine (11% or 5.8 million) women had ever used emergency contraception, up from 4.2% in 2002.

•            Most women who had ever used emergency contraception had done so once (59%) or twice (24%).

•            Young adult women aged 20–24 were most likely to have ever used emergency contraception; about one in four had done so (23%).

•            Almost 1 in 5 never-married women (19%), 1 in 7 cohabiting women (14%), and 1 in 20 currently or formerly married women (5.7%) had ever used emergency contraception.

•            About one in two women reported using emergency contraception because of fear of method failure (45%), and about one in two reported use because they had unprotected sex (49%).

To read entire report, click here.


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  1. When was the last time you heard from the Pulpit that contraception is a mortal sin?
    And that as soon as fertilzation takes place that any intentional abortion is murder?

    When was the last time you heard from the Pulpit that fornication (and adultary, and viewing pornography) are mortal sins?
    And that one must go to Confession with a firm purpose of amendment prior to receiving Holy Communion?

    If you have not, your Diocese Bishop and your Parish Priests are not doing their job. Talk to them about it.
    Use the CCC as a reference.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      That is True MIKE… we do hear that message more ONLY from more traditional parishes. Not only let them know that it is wrong but explain the consequences, teach them their self worth and respect, we have our youth today who always question everything and we need to reach them at their own level, not on a self righteous level but one that explains with love and clarity.

  2. If it’s in print, especially by the federal govt, it’s unquestionably true.

  3. OneoftheSheep says:

    “The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them: Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.” — Leviticus 19:1-2

    This morning’s first reading warns the people of God to be holy. Holiness includes following the Ten Commandments. This includes avoiding fornication, avoiding murder and clinging to the Lord our God.

    May our next Holy Father be the Moses of our time, speaking to the world about the dangers of the Culture. How sad that so many young women are walking away from holiness and embracing contraception and immoral lifestyles. Let us pray that we all may seek holiness and avoid the temptations of the Liar. Emergency contraception for women? Emergency repentance while we live in the time of Mercy for us all.

    • “Emergency contraception” means the morning after pill, which is an abortifacient.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      All this drama we create. We express sentiments that so many women are walking away from holiness? Really, were they holy to begin with, didn’t our elders and faith based identities lack us that direction?

      Holiness in these times? Really? How so much harder are today’s influences? I’m not saying we should give up on our youth today but what I am saying is that we must stop being dramatic about how wasted this generation is. When we know very well that in order for our youth to be holy, they must be taught, we have to have common decency and we must step up to the plate to be witness of values that would make positive changes. But it’s not. It’s not all bad, there are few who God’s graces have touched them enough to inspire them to submit but many have other little demons that are only swaying them away from the truth.

      Our young girls today are bombarded with sexuality everywhere. In order for them to fit in, they must have to deal with the powerful influences out there. These are tough times we are facing today. When almost every commercial on TV sells sex, whores up woman, when schools shorten up the cheerleaders skirts to be up so high, when the internet you see a lot of wrong messages … one has to acknowledge the truth, that is why we need to keep, even when it is tiresome, to do something to help impact this culture … make positive healthy choices that honor God … bring back fear of the Lord…

      • Kenneth M. Fisher says:


        What you write is oh so true and it is very apparent whenever I visit the markets. I see so many mothers immodestly dressed with their young daughters. One can’t help but wonder what those young daughters will turn out like! And Jesus and His Mother cry!

        God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
        Kenneth M. Fisher

        • Abeca Christian says:

          Yes Mr. Fisher…even when some of these young women come from conservative families, for some reason this culture seduces them and tempts them into another direction away from how they were raised. I have seen it too many times. It is troubling to me. My mum had a childhood friend whose mum was a prostitute in Mexico. She had to raise her daughter and had no support, so she was deceived into believing that she was worthless (perhaps because she was heavily beaten daily by her drunkard father) and that lead her to sell her body in order to put food on the table, since she had to run away from an abusive upbringing.) When my mum and others found out that her friend’s mum was doing that, many didn’t talk to her. My mum was one of few friend’s she had.

          My mum told me that her friend actually grew up well, her mum paid her way to get a college education and grew up to be a respectable and God fearing woman. Yes rare case but during that time, since Mexico is more Catholic, that must have helped since more had common decency.

  4. These pills are a dangerous chemical assault on women’s bodies and no one says a word. In 5-10 years we are going to have a large group of women that can’t get pregnant when they want. I would not give these chemicals to a dead horse. I’d like to see men take these pills.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      Stephanie you are correct. The birth control pill has already made a lot of women infertile. I can imagine what these would do, probably much more harm. I’m really troubled by the hidden messages this society is giving our women today. The WHORE of Hollywood, commercials, public schools, government agencies etc etc even from within our churches that embrace sodomy and more.

      Even in very conservative Catholic families, many lack raising their sons to help girls respect themselves. For instance, I have a teenage son, I tell my son, that if he really likes a girl at school, he would not treat her like a cheap thing, if she comes at you with immodest actions, you should learn to restrain yourself and tell her that she is much better than that. For instance a young girl told him she loved him. My son told her “we are too young to say those things, lets save those words for when they really matter.”. She than thought about it and apologized to him and said that he was right.

      We can teach our daughters chastity but the influences are much stronger on the outside…if even our young men are taught the message of chastity with clarity, they can also help our girls understand that they don’t have to sell themselves short. It takes two to tangle as they say but one to stop the flame.

  5. Abeca Christian says:

    This is a good topic to bring up from time to time. If one girl or lady passes by this website and reads what the church actually teaches about birth control, it may plant the seed and we may have moved forward with winning another soul to embrace God and His teachings.

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