From the "No Kidding" Files: Using Birth Control Helps Women Better Achieve Their Life Goals

September 26, 2012

Unplanned Pregnancy


Just in time for World Contraception Day, our friends at the Guttmacher Institute released a new study that bears out what many people already knew: Women use contraception because it allows them to better care for themselves and their families and helps them achieve the life goals that they set for themselves. No kidding, indeed.

The study also found that:

56% of women said that using birth control has helped them support themselves financially,

51% of women said that using birth control has helped them complete their education, and

50% of women said that using birth control has helped them get/keep a job.

This news isn't necessarily remarkable...After all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed contraception as one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. On top of that, virtually all (99%) American women who have ever had sex have used contraception at some point in their lives.

What is remarkable is that there's enough debate about the value and importance of easily available, affordable contraception in this country that a study like this was necessary. Contraception should not be controversial. It is basic, preventive health care that improves the lives and health of women and children and makes it possible for women to chart their own lives, stay in school as long as they choose to do so, fully participate in the workforce, and achieve other life goals. It's a no-brainer, not a newsflash. But if it takes a study like this to make sure we're all on the same page about just how very critically important birth control is in the lives of American women, then we says: thank you Guttmacher for shining the light.

Check out the full report and a press release that details some high points.

Authored by: Jessica Sheets Pika

Jessica Sheets Pika is the Director, Communications and Editorial Content at The National Campaign.  In that capacity, Jessica drives the communications strategy for the Campaign by curating, writing, and editing content; managing consultants and content contributors; and developing new activities and content areas for the organization.  She is the organization’s editor and manages the creation and publication of all Campaign materials.   In addition, Jessica manages the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy/Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, a national, digital call to action encouraging teens to think about how their lives might change if they were to become pregnant. Jessica also handles press initiatives, spearheads the design and creation of new National Campaign materials, and provides general communications and editorial guidance to all program areas of the Campaign.

Jessica joined The National Campaign in 2006 and has nearly 15 years of experience in the non-profit health care world.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Wake Forest University and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, her adorable children, and their dog, Cora.

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