How can we explain the “reproductive technology shock” from the viewpoint of behavioral science? For women who had not been using contraceptives, these technologies had transformed the old paradigm of socio-sexual assumptions, expectations, and behaviors in ways that were especially disadvantageous.
For example, the availability of legal abortion now allowed men to view their offsprings as the deliberate product of female choice rather than the chance product of sexual intercourse. Thus it encouraged biological fathers to reject not only any supposed obligation to marry the mother but also the very idea of paternal obligation. Behavioral changes like these are what are completely ignored by those advocating the RH Bill. They only focus on the short-run problem of reducing illegal abortions or the number of mothers dying at child birth.
Even their assumptions about the short-term benefits of making contraceptives available to the poor can be questioned for lack of empirical evidence. I have seen no studies showing that those who procure illegal abortions would have not become pregnant if they had access to contraceptives. As demonstrated in numerous studies in other countries, those who are frequent users of contraceptives are the ones most prone to having abortions. The explanation given here is that contraceptive users tend to take more risks in instant gratification, either with the same partner or multiple partners.
Why contraception leads to abortion
giugno 23, 2011 di channelman