A study from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) came out this week recommending:
"A fuller range of contraceptive education, counseling, methods, and services so that women can better avoid unwanted pregnancies and space their pregnancies to promote optimal birth outcomes."
The above quote was from the press release. The way the decision was phrased in the actual report is the following (found on pg. 152):
"The evidence provided to support a recommendation related to unintended pregnancy is based on systematic evidence reviews and other peer-reviewed studeies which indicate that contraception and contraceptive counseling are effective at reducing unintended pregnancies."
There are so many studies NOT done by pro-contraceptive people that prove the exact opposite - can we please be rational and at least acknowledge them? Condoms fail at 15%, the pill fails at 10%, contraceptives cause breast cancer, but we don't even TALK about any of these studies?
What a sad day! Even more sad is the idea that the Obama administration is getting the slip here because it wasn't their idea - they're just going to act on the recommendations.
BUT...if you read Institute of Medicine's description, we find that in fact the administration ASKED the group to conduct the study as part of Obamacare. Does anyone really believe that the Obama administration DIDN'T know EXACTLY what this group was going to recommend?
Let's read the IOM's own description of the process (taken from IOM's website):
"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services charged the IOM with reviewing what preventive services are important to women’s health and well-being and then recommending which of these should be considered in the development of comprehensive guidelines. The IOM defined preventive health services as measures—including medications, procedures, devices, tests, education and counseling—shown to improve well-being, and/or decrease the likelihood or delay the onset of a targeted disease or condition."
It's just sickening that this whole "process" is being swallowed as if a group of doctors a) studied ALL of the evidence on contraception and b) did it all on whim and just decided to release this information to the public.
To the faithful remnant who still holds what the Catholic Church teaches, I say the following: "It looks like the clouds are darkening quickly, on multiple fronts, but the skies have been much darker in the past... as General Maximus says in Gladiator - "Hold the line!" and know that "what we do in life echoes in eternity." Days like this, and others recently, bring tears to my eyes, but I will not quit, and I ask you to stand with the Church as well. Fight back, spread the truth, even if it is one relative or friend at a time. Hope is never lost, even at the darkest hour, because the evil one "who prowls about the world seeking the ruin of souls" is only working on borrowed time."